The Longest Shot by Neil Sagebiel

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6 Critic Reviews

The combination of a taut narrative and Sagebiel’s golf knowledge make the story accessible to general readers
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The inspirational story of the unknown golfer from Iowa who beat his idol in the 1955 U.S. Open

With the overlooked Jack Fleck still playing the course, NBC-TV proclaimed that the legendary Ben Hogan had won his record fifth U.S. Open and signed off from San Francisco. Undaunted, the forgotten Iowan rallied to overcome a nine-shot deficit over the last three rounds—still a U.S. Open record—and made a pressure-packed putt to tie Hogan on the final hole of regulation play. The two men then squared off in a tense, 18-hole playoff from which Fleck emerged victorious in one of the most startling upsets in sports history.

On par with the classic golf narratives of Mark Frost and John Feinstein, The Longest Shot will surprise and delight fans as they trace the improbable journey of an unheralded former caddie who played his way into the record books by out-dueling the sport's greatest champion of his time.

 

About Neil Sagebiel

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NEIL SAGEBIEL is the founder and editor of Armchair Golf Blog, one of the top golf blogs on the Internet. A former copywriter for a Seattle advertising agency and major newspaper, he is a freelance writer in Floyd, Virginia.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 337 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Longest Shot
All: 6 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 5

NY Times

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Reviewed by Bill Scheft on Jun 01 2012

Sagebiel takes his time, working leisurely as golf demands, but does a thorough job.

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Publishers Weekly

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Mar 12 2012

The combination of a taut narrative and Sagebiel’s golf knowledge make the story accessible to general readers

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Library Journal

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Reviewed by Steven Silkunas on May 30 2012

Barkow’s The Upset, above, works through the same story... Both narratives are well told, recommended to aficionados of golf history, who should choose between the two.

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The Roanoke Times

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Reviewed by Michael Ramsey on Jun 03 2012

Reading this book is like reading the golf coverage from a major newspaper in the 1950s when a keen ability to describe the players and their venue was the key to having readers.

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Tampa Bay Online

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Reviewed by Bob D'Angelo on May 27 2012

He writes respectfully about the players and the game, but allows himself some fun with phrases...

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Hooked on Golf Blog

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Reviewed by Tony Korologos on Aug 24 2012

Neil Sagebiel obviously poured his soul into researching and writing this fantastic book.

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