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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Feinstein Narrator: John Feinstein Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2003 ISBN:
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Tiger Woods has called the U.S. Open the most difficult national championship. With Open, John Feinstein goes behind the scenes to tell for the first time the full story of how the 2002 U.S. Open Championship came into being - how a public course was transformed into one of the most difficult and surprising in the tournament's history, and how the greatest golfers in the world rose to its almost insurmountable challenges.

The 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, in Bethpage, New York, was the first time in history that golf's greatest championship has been help at a true public golf course. Open is the full drama of that championship, from the moment that officials first considered holding it there until the last putt rolled in at dusk on Sunday. Along the way John Feinstein reveals the full glory of golf as it's never been explored before. He digs deep to find out what it really takes to make golf's most famous event worthy of the champions who compete in it. He tells the remarkable story of the artisans who transformed the Black from a downtrodden and rough-around-the-edges public course to one that top pros hailed as unbelievable and the toughest par-70 I've ever played in my life. He also tracks the drama of the masters who battled for the supremacy at the Black - Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Nick Faldo, Phil Mickelson, Jeff Maggert - to show how true champions respond to the toughest conditions.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brady | 1/14/2014

    " good behind the scenes look at preparation and set-up of a major golf tournament. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 12/3/2013

    " I'm a golfer and actually went to this event, so I liked this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carter | 11/18/2013

    " bleech. Who gives a crap about the machinations of the pre-tournament rituals at the U.S. Open. So Feinstein had access to David Fey's inner sanctum and reported on it. Snoooozee. Stick with his previous book, A Good Walk Spoiled. It's about the trials and tribulations on the tour. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 9/14/2013

    " Well-reported, somewhat interesting description of all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the U.S. Open. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rusty | 7/30/2013

    " BORING!!!!! I really like Feinstein, but god, do I SO not care about the US Open at Bethpage golf course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Hilton | 7/21/2013

    " Great book, can be a bit overwhelming with so many names, but is a great insight into everything that goes into building not just the US Open at Bethpage, but the juggling act of managing upcoming Opens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/3/2013

    " this is probably in the top three also "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry Della | 8/16/2012

    " Great look of the prep and actual US Open at Bethpage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil Simon | 3/6/2012

    " A crazy difficult course is detailed in Feinstein's inimitable way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 5/9/2011

    " One of my favorite of Feinstein's, very interesting read on what it takes to run the National Championship, much less for the first time at a public golf course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 3/11/2011

    " A great insiders look at a memorable US Open "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/14/2011

    " My favorite golf book ever. Lot's of great information about how the USGA operates behind the scenes and how the U.S. Open is pulled together. If you watch golf, you'll love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Sarrubbo | 7/18/2010

    " Great book and I'm not a big fan of golf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 11/21/2008

    " Very interesting behind the scenes look at the US Open played on a public links course. A viewpoint of what it really takes to put on an event like that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garry Summers | 9/29/2007

    " Another must read for anyone interested in golf. It's fascinating to learn about what goes on behind the scenes of staging a U.S. Open. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 6/10/2007

    " Probably Feinstein's best book. There's so much detail on the setup and things that go on pre-tournament and behind the scenes, and you never see or hear about that stuff so it's really interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 9/5/2005

    " Feinstein is inclusive and detailed in writing about the people that made the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black happen. It took him much too long to get to the golf, but it was almost worth it once he did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jstrick | 5/26/2005

    " This book made me realize that I was probably going to read as much by Feinstein as I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Williacy | 3/6/2005

    " Loved this book. I have read a few of Feinstein's other books & I have 3 more on my shelf waiting to be read in the near future. "

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About the Author
Author John Feinstein

John Feinstein is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous works of nonfiction, including Moment of Glory, Are You Kidding Me?, Living on the Black, Let Me Tell You a Story, Caddy for Life, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, and others. He has also written four sports-mystery novels for young readers. He writes for the Washington Post, Golf Digest, Inside Sports, Golf, Tennis magazine, Basketball America, and is a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition.