The 2023 Masters Reading List

Held annually in Augusta, Georgia, the Masters begin today. The top contenders are Scottie Scheffler, who took over the world’s No. 1 ranking with his Players Championship victory, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy according to CBS sports. Don’t let the excitement of the Masters end in just one weekend–we’ve compiled a list of riveting golf tales to keep the fun going!

Little Poison by John Dechant. Paul Runyan—the Arkansas farm boy who stood five feet, six inches and weighed 130 pounds—shocked the golf world by defeating long and lean, sweet-swinging Sam Snead in the finals of the 1938 PGA Championship, thus earning the nickname “Little Poison.” Little Poison follows Runyan throughout these stages of his life, from anonymity to stardom and into golf mythology.

Duel in the Sun by Michael Corcoran. There was no greater British Open than in 1977 at Turnberry on Scotland’s southwest coast, when Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus battled over the last thirty-six holes with Watson winning with a closing birdie. Drawing on interviews with participants, caddies, journalists, and spectators, Michael Corcoran brings the drama of this historic Open Championship to vivid life.

Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History by Bill Fields. In a long, award-winning career writing about golf, Bill Fields has sought out the most interesting stories—not just those featuring big winners and losers, but the ones that get at the very character of the game. Collected here, his pieces offer an intriguing portrait of golf over the past century.

King of Clubs: The Great Golf Marathon of 1938 by Jim Ducibella. It began as a Depression-era, winner-take-all challenge between two Chicago stockbrokers, one of them a flamboyant daredevil with more guts than money and the other with more money than sense. In September 1938, thirty-two-year-old J. Smith Ferebee agreed to play 600 holes of golf in eight cities, from Los Angeles to New York, over four consecutive days. Combining the appeal of Seabiscuit and The Greatest Game Ever PlayedKing of Clubs will amaze and entertain readers from opening drive to final putt.

The Masters by David Sowell. David Sowell returns to Augusta now with the third edition of The Masters, adding more history and updating each hole with additional stories of greatness and tales of woe for a new generation of golfers led by Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Patrick Reed, as well as from an older guard represented by Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, and Sergio García.

The Immortal Bobby by Ron Rapoport. Of all the giants of golf’s Golden Age, Bobby Jones was the most revered. Jones’s fame reached its peak in 1930 when he became the only golfer to ever win the Grand Slam and the only person in history to receive a second ticker-tape parade on Broadway. Drawing on scores of interviews, a careful reconstruction of contemporary accounts, and Jones’s voluminous correspondence, award-winning sportswriter Ron Rapoport reveals the man behind the legend and provides a moving depiction of a long-gone sporting age.

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