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One for the Ages

Jack Nicklaus and the 1986 Masters
One for the Ages: Jack Nicklaus and the 1986 Masters. Chicago Review, dist. by IPG. Mar. 2011. c.240p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781569767054. $24.95. SPORTS
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At this writing, with Tiger Woods in a tailspin, Jack Nicklaus has a lock on "the best golfer ever to play the game." Clavin (Sir Walter: Walter Hagen and the Invention of Professional Golf) writes about the last major championship, the 1986 Masters, that Jack won. What is particularly notable about this last championship is that Nicklaus was considered an unlikely contender: he was near the bottom on the PGA money list and hadn't won a major in six years. Considering the narrow focus of the title, Clavin spends a considerable amount of time on the creation and lore of Augusta National, material covered in other books such as Curt Sampson's The Masters and David Owen's The Making of the Masters. Nicklaus himself (with Ken Bowden) recounts the 1986 Masters in his own Jack Nicklaus: My Story. Additionally, most golf magazines cover this subject in their March/April editions, and it is brought up in Masters television coverage as well.
VERDICT Owing to the abundance of similar coverage, golf readers can pass on this. There is better material available.

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