In 2003, after winning six of the twelve majors from 2000 to 2002, Tiger Woods struggled with his swing, leaving him lagging behind the field at both the US Open and the PGA Championship. With Woods out of the picture, the stage was set for a newcomer to claim the top position, but nobody expected four virtually unknown players would rise to become first-time champions.
In his debut appearance in a major, Ben Curtis became the only player since Francis Ouimet in 1913 to prevail on his first time out. Mike Weir, who was considered a good player but not a great one, triumphed in the Masters, becoming the first Canadian to win a major. In the US Open, Jim Furyk was victorious, and the PGA Championship was claimed by the unknown Shaun Micheel.
But after each player’s history-making season, the four have had little further success. In Moment of Glory, John Feinstein returns to the unlikely year of 2003 and chronicles the personal and professional struggles of these four players. With great affection for the underdog and extraordinary access to the players, he then looks to the 2008 season, giving readers an insider’s look into to how winning (and losing) major championships changes players’ lives. Download and start listening now!