NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In Slaying the Tiger, one of todayas boldest young sportswriters spends a season inside the ropes alongside the rising stars who are transforming the game of golf. For more than a decade, golf was dominated by one galvanizing figure: Eldrick aTigera Woods. But as his star has fallen, a new, ambitious generation has stepped up to claim the crown. Once the domain of veterans, golf saw a youth revolution in 2014. In Slaying the Tiger, Shane Ryan introduces us to the volatile, colorful crop of heirs apparent who are storming the barricades of this traditionally old-fashioned sport. As the golf writer for Bill Simmonsas Grantland, Shane Ryan is the perfect herald for the sportas new age. In Slaying the Tiger, he embeds himself for a season on the PGA Tour, where he finds the game far removed from the genteel rhythms of yesteryear. Instead, he discovers a group of mercurial talents driven to greatness by their fear of failure and their relentless perfectionism. From Augusta to Scotland, with an irreverent and energetic voice, Ryan documents every transcendent moment, every press tent tirade, and every controversy that made the 2014 Tour one of the most exciting and unpredictable in recent memory. Here are indelibly drawn profiles of the gameas young guns: Rory McIlroy, the Northern Irish ace who stepped forward as the gameas next superstar; Patrick Reed, a brash, boastful competitor with a warrioras mentality; Dustin Johnson, the brilliant natural talent whose private habits sabotage his potential; and Jason Day, a resilient Aussie whose hardscrabble beginnings make him the Touras ultimate longshot. Here also is the bumptious Bubba Watson, a devout Christian known for his unsportsmanlike outbursts on the golf course; Keegan Bradley, a flinty New Englander who plays with a colossal chip on his shoulder; twenty-one-year-old Jordan Spieth, a preternaturally mature Texan carrying the hopes of the golf establishment; and Rickie Fowler, the humble California kid striving to make his golf speak louder than his bright orange clothes. Bound by their talent, each one hungrier than the last, these players will vie over the coming decade for the right to be called the next king of the game. Golf may be slow to change, but in 2014, the wheels were turning at a feverish pace. Slaying the Tiger offers a dynamic snapshot of a rapidly evolving sport. Praise for Slaying the Tiger aThis book is going to be controversial. There is no question about it. . . . It is the most unvarnished view of the tourathe biggest tour in the worldathat Iave ever read. And itas not close.aaGary Williams, Golf Channel aI think itas important to have books like this in the canon of golf, in the canon of sports.aaDamon Hack, Golf Channel aSlaying the Tiger offers bright, opinionated prose on the modern game. Ryanas fresh look is just what we golfer/readers want.aaCurt Sampson, New York Times bestselling author of Hogan aRyan does a fantastic job painting a thoughtful and accurate portrait of the new crop of heirs apparent.aaStephanie Wei, Wei Under Par aA masterfully written account of an important time in golf history in a style that is synonymous to the bookas core message.aaAdam Fonseca, Golf Unfiltered aAbsolutely marvelous . . . Ryanas writing flows and his reporting turns pages for you.aaKyle Porter, CBS Sports From the Hardcover edition.The extreme slopes earned harsh critique from the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Geoff Ogilvy, and the course}s responsexto make them very slow, in order to take away some of the downhill speedxmade the uphill putts unreadable. A total overhaul ... in the Match Play. As of 2013, 1-seeds had a first- round winning percentage just over 70 percent, and 2-seeds were even lower at 60 percent.
|Title||:||Slaying the Tiger|
|Publisher||:||Ballantine Books - 2015-06-09|