5 TOMMY'S HONOR:THE STORY OF OLD TOM MORRIS AND YOUNG TOM MORRIS, GOLF'S FOUNDING FATHER ANDSON by Kevin Cook (Gotham Books, $27.50) Cook's superbly researched study ofOld Tom, his star-crossed son and their contemporaries brings the characters tolife by adding context and detail to historical record.
4 TY AND THEBABE--THE INCREDIBLE SAGA OF BASEBALL'S FIERCEST RIVALS: THE FORGING OF ASURPRISING FRIENDSHIP AND THE BATTLE FOR THE 1941 HAS-BEENS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPby Tom Stanton (Thomas Dunne Books, $23.95) The subtitle is a mouthful, butStanton's chronicle of how these colorful diamond dogs carried theirantagonisms to the golf course goes down smoothly.
3 PLANET GOLF: THEDEFINITIVE REFERENCE TO GREAT GOLF COURSES OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES by DariusOliver; photographs by David Scaletti (Abrams Books, $60) Big and brassy,Planet scours the globe to deliver the kind of money-shot photos and redolentprose that sends armchair golfers into winter reveries.
2 PREFERRED LIES:A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF SCOTTISH GOLF by Andrew Greig (Thomas Dunne Books,$23.95) The premise--renewal through reconnection to the game--isn't new, butGreig brings a refreshing sense of intimacy to trips to the Old Course, NorthBerwick and Royal Dornoch.
December 10, 2007
1 JOURNEY THROUGHTHE LINKS by David Worley (Aurum Press, $50) Visiting 155 linksland courses inEngland, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Journey is a rarity among large-formatgolf books: a marvelous combination of stunning photography and elegantprose.
This decision was not an easy one to make, and in no way is it meant to bedisrespectful to the Tour or sending a message to anyone. ¬†
-- Phil Mickelson, on his withdrawal from the third FedEx Cup playoff event,The BMW Championship