A Good Walk Spoiled: Days & Nights on the PGA Tour

by John Feinstein

This book is by no means a quick read but it is very entertaining and provides an inside look at the PGA tour by touting some big names and some names that aren’t quite as familiar.

Among the big names, Greg Norman, Davis Love III, John Daly, Nick Price and Nick Faldo. Feinstein goes into detail (and does not hold back his thoughts) on John Daly and Greg Norman. I was surprised to find out, and lets not sugar coat it, nasty things about these guys. On the other hand, I was a little surprised to read about Davis Love III, Nick Price and Nick Faldo, who were presented by Feinstein as some of golf’s “nice guys”. I found the Davis Love III Ryder Cup story at the beginning of the book to be a refreshing look at how these guys are really human after all.

Among the “others” there is Mike Donald, Paul Goydos, Bruce Fleisher, Jeff Sluman, Brain Henninger, and Jeff Cook. Feinstein talks about how these are the guys that really struggle to first, get to the PGA tour through Q-school, and then to remain there. It brought a new prospective to my views on these “high dollar” golf pros. A particularly interesting story included the battle that Brian Henninger had and how he scored a great personal victory while playing with crowd favorite John Daly during the final two rounds of the 1994 BellSouth Classic in Atlanta.

At 487 pages, this one will take a while to complete but Feinstein’s “behind the scenes” look at golf and the PGA tour make it an interesting read.

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