The next read in my gigantic list of golf books is by the golf author John Coyne, who previously penned the book The Caddie Who Played with Hickory.
Coyne’s new book is called The Caddie Who Won The Masters. This is the story which Bobby Jones would have loved, that of an amateur who managed to win the best golf tournament on this planet.
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DISPLAYING THE STORYTELLING SKILL that has made him a seven-time bestselling author, John Coyne delivers a suspenseful, haunting and tender novel about a middle-aged amateur’s seemingly impossible quest to win the prestigious Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, America’s pristine cathedral of golf. Golf legend, Masters founder and lifelong amateur Bobby Jones had long hoped that an amateur would one day win the invitational tournament he started in 1934. For Tim Alexander, 49, the surprise winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur, just receiving an invitation to the Masters is a small miracle.
Alexander is a college English professor from Southern Illinois who, at his wife Kerry’s urging, reawakened a dormant golf game that had earned him a scholarship to Wake Forest University and, more recently, a ticket to Augusta, Georgia. Not long after, with suitcase in hand and golf clubs on his shoulder, the aging muni-course player finds himself walking down famed Magnolia Lane toward every accomplished golfer’s dream—a coveted spot alongside the world’s best players in the Masters field.
As Alexander learns shortly after his arrival on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National, there’s much more at stake than whether he can somehow make the 36-hole cut on the beautiful and challenging layout or how he’ll fare against players named McDowell, Mickelson and Woods. Pursued by a mysterious and tormented stranger, helped by a young unknown caddie, Alexander soon discovers that he isn’t just playing to make the cut or win the vaunted green jacket. He is playing to save the life of his wife.
In perhaps the only novel to be set at Augusta National Golf Club, Coyne masterfully blends his deep knowledge of golf and Masters tradition with his affinity for the supernatural to spin a riveting tale. The third novel in Coyne’s popular “caddie” series, The Caddie Who Won The Masters will grip readers until the final putt rolls into the cup and the green jacket slips over the shoulders of the winner.
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