Tom Callahan has written the seminal book on golfing great Tiger Woods. Woods, who has gone out of his way to protect his privacy, has never allowed himself to get close enough to a writer to be properly examined on the page. And, as a consequence, his fans know relatively little about him except what’s divulged in quick tournament interviews or the scarce information parsed out on occasion by one of his handlers. Which is to say, we know next to nothing about one of the most famous people in the world. Callahan, commonly regarded as one of the best all-round sports writers in the country, has followed Tiger around the world of golf for more than seven years, enjoying a certain access to the man and his family. He even went so far as to travel to Vietnam to learn the fate of the South Vietnamese soldier who was Earl Wood’s best friend during the war—and his son’s namesake.
Tiger is twenty years old when the book opens and twenty-seven when it closes. During those years, Callahan covered Woods at all the Majors, including the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the British Open, culminating in Tiger’s heart-stopping race to make history by clinching the string of Majors affectionately nicknamed the Tiger Slam. As the pulse of golf was measured by the curve of his swing, Tiger made everyone’s heart skip a beat as he attempted to win the Grand Slam a year later.
Along the way, Tom Callahan hears from everyone who is anyone in the world of Tiger Woods, including Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, David Duval, Butch Harmon, Ernie Els, and, of course, Tiger’s rather ubiquitous mother and father. As much as we learn about Tiger—how he sees himself in relation to the courses he plays on and the players he has learned from and competed with—we also enjoy a bird’s-eye view of golf as it is now with Tiger on the scene, and as it was for
In Search of Tiger catalogs and dissects moments and influences in Tiger’s guarded life and unprecedented career—moments that unveil him, his awesome drive, and his enormous talent. Tom Callahan has written a classic of its kind, a book to rank with the best in its genre. He has done what few have even attempted—
he has found the real Tiger Woods.
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|Title of Religion eBook: In Search of Tiger|
|Release Date: 12-18-2007|
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In Search of Tiger
Fathers and Sons
After the round that convinced him he was ready, a 66 in the 1996 British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Tiger Woods was encircled by a small war party of reporters, who were unaware that his amateur career was winding down, that he would be a pro the next time he appeared in a major championship and that he would win it by twelve strokes.
"Have you played much links golf?" inquired one of the reserved Brits.
With a practiced smile and careful eyes, Woods replied, "More than most twenty-year-olds."
Had he been to Blackpool yet? I asked when the golf talk slowed. Had he seen the fabulous roller coaster?
"It reminds me a lot of the Viper," Tiger said authoritatively, "the one outside Vegas." Now the smile was easier, the eyes younger.
He was an aficionado of roller coasters. He was a kid after all.
Golf is a father's game. If sideline TV cameras zoomed in on golfers the way they do football players, hardly any of the pros would say, "Hi, Mom." While the bond between Tiger and Earl may seem to be unique, it is in fact typical.
The real "Big Three" of professional golf were Deacon Palmer, Harry Player, and Charlie Nicklaus, literally the patriarchs of the PGA Tour.
"Deac" Palmer was a western Pennsylvania teaching pro and tractor-driving greens superintendent who brought up a boy with an uncommonly common touch. Arnold called him "Pap" or "sir." Their house abutted one of the tee boxes at Latrobe Country Club. On ladies' days, Arnie would lean against a backyard tree fingering the cap pistol in his holster an