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Books Of the Year

Dec. 10, 2007
Dec. 10, 2007

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Dec. 10, 2007

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
SI Fantasy Plus
SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
Sportsman of the Year
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
HOCKEY
PRO BASKETBALL
  • With his childlike enthusiasm and spectacular athleticism, rebounding and dunking savant Dwight Howard, in only his fourth year, has quickly turned the NBA into his own Magic kingdom

SPORTS MEDICINE
THE STORY OF THE BEST NAME IN SPORTS
  • Members of the Rolle clan, descended from freed slaves in the Bahamas, have left their mark on football, baseball, basketball, track and other college and pro sports in the U.S.

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Books Of the Year

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.

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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.

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

SIX PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (BOOK); PETER MORRISON/AP (BALLESTEROS); OLIVIER GAUTHIER/DPPI/ICON SMI (GULBIS); IAN WALTON/GETTY IMAGES (CLARKE); ROBERT BECK (WEIR); BOB MARTIN (WIE)