Out of the Rough: Inside the Ropes with the World's Greatest Golfers

Viking. Mar. 2016. 272p. illus. ISBN 9780735232778. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735232785. MEMOIR
In both boxing and golf, the name on the trophy goes to the person who executed the win. The cornerman and the caddy play an important but subservient role. In his first book, Williams attempts to change this equation. An impressive figure in the world of caddies, the author has worked for frequent tournament winners Raymond Floyd, Tiger Woods, and Australian PGA stars Greg Norman and Adam Scott. While all four golfers are impressive in their own right, Woods is the most illustrious. Were it not for Woods, this account would just be another book about golf from inside the ropes. Rick Reilly illustrated the caddy life in Who's Your Caddy, while James Y. Bartlett offered playing insights in Think Like a Caddy. Unlike Angelo Argea, the longtime caddy for Jack Nicklaus, who recognized that the golfer was the story, Williams epitomizes self-aggrandizement, with only a modicum of appreciation for those who made his fame and fortune. Williams is also quick to partner with the wins but only gives a cursory nod to the losses.
VERDICT A gossipy read for those interested in tell-alls.
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