It’s all about the inspirational story of an unknown golfer named Jack Fleck who staged a miraculous upset of legend Ben Hogan in 1955 United States Open.
Here’s what the blurb says about this book:
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.
It’s such an engrossing story you’ll not want to put down this book. What I love about it is that it transports you to a different time. A simpler time. There were no cells phones, or iPads, or any other fancy doohicky’s. It was just pure sport. And that’s what I love about sport – it’s total unpredictability. You just never know what might happen on any given day.
Hmmmmmmmh . . . I just realized something. I might have to revise my post, My Top 10 Best Golf Books as I’ll surely have to add Neil’s masterwork to this collection.
I don’t want to give too much away about the book. I only encourage you to get a copy for yourself and get more as gifts for family and friends. You (and them) will really enjoy it – promise!
You can get the book here: The Longest Shot: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf’s Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open
PS: the book has 14 Five star reviews! Read a few of those if you need further proof.