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It's only a game

words of wisdom from a lifetime in golf

Published by Gotham Books in New York, N.Y .
Written in English.

About the Book

Gems of wisdom about golf and life—and a spirited call for a return to the game's core values—from one of the game's most respected elder statesmen and former championsLegendary player and teacher Jackie Burke is the preeminent elder statesman of American golf. A PGA Champion, a Masters Champion, a Vardon Trophy winner, and a PGA Player of the Year, he won four consecutive tournaments in 1952; and is a winner of seventeen events on the PGA Tour, a five-time Ryder Cup member (twice as captain), and a member of the PGA, Texas Golf, and World Golf Halls of Fame. Before leaving the PGA Tour he cofounded (with Jimmy Demaret) the world-famous Champions Golf Club (host of the Ryder Cup, U.S. Amateur, and five PGA Tour Championships) and has instructed students including Phil Mickelson, Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Ben Crenshaw, and many other PGA Tour pros in a career that has spanned seven decades.Reverberating with the straight-talking Texas wisdom that could only come from Jackie Burke, It's Only a Game will bring the words of this venerable sage to everyone who loves the links. Spiced with anecdotes from a long and illustrious career, this stirring book features pithy insights on the nature of competition and the erosion of amateur play. Burke goes on the record about profit-minded equipment manufacturers and self-promoting golf gurus. His provocative topics include insight into why the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup team suffered its worst defeat ever (Burke was a cocaptain), the alarmingly high cost of playing public and resort courses, country clubs that stress cosmetic appearances over the playing of the game, and a host of other topics. He also provides no-nonsense, time-tested secrets for improving anyone's golf game, based not on shallow "tips" but on a well-rounded, sensible approach to the game that he began developing before the Great Depression.

Table of Contents

The one-eyed dogs are loose
Wheat field or battlefield
The golf swing
Life at the club
Just go play
Goodbye ain't always gone
Some thoughts on putting
Watching the diamonds fall out
Last call for the little people
Between rounds.

Edition Notes

Genre
Anecdotes.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
796.352
Library of Congress
GV967 .B89 2006

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3409750M
Internet Archive
itsonlygamewords00burk
ISBN 10
1592401163
LC Control Number
2005025720
OCLC/WorldCat
61463655
Library Thing
1115457
Goodreads
209454
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