The Magnificent Masters

  • by Gil Capps
  • Narrated by Joel Richards
  • 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The 1975 Masters Tournament always seemed destined for the record books. A veritable Hall of Fame list of competitors had gathered that spring in Augusta, Georgia, for the game's most famous event, including Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Billy Casper, and Sam Snead. The lead-up had been dominated by Lee Elder, the first black golfer ever invited to the exclusive club's tourney. But by the weekend, the tournament turned into a showdown between the three heavyweights of the time: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, and Tom Weiskopf. Never before had golf's top three players of the moment summoned the best golf of their lives in the same major championship. Their back-and-forth battle would rivet the sporting world and dramatically culminate in one of the greatest finishes in golf history.
In The Magnificent Masters, Gil Capps, a 22-year veteran of the golf industry with NBC Sports and Golf Channel, recaptures hole-by-hole the thrilling drama of this singular event during golf’s golden era, from the media-crazed build-up and intertwined careers of the three combatants to the tournament's final dramatic putts that would change the game of golf forever.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Pretty good, needs a more educated reader

Would you try another book from Gil Capps and/or Joel Richards?

I thought the book was a bit up and down. Should have focused more on the actual tournament, instead of page after page of Johnny Millers life in California, or Weiskopfs in Ohio. Just too much time spent on them, and not enough on other golfers involved in the tournament.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked the descriptions of the actual rounds in the Masters. I was bored with so much back story that really didnt matter.

How could the performance have been better?

Poor Joel Richards has obviously never even seen a golf tournament or club or ball. He had a tough time with pronunciations of even the simplest golf term. (Hosel becomes Hose El.....The Doral Tournament becomes the Durel.etc etc) I liked his voice otherwise, except when he felt compelled to try a British accent. That was painful. Leave the accents out, and learn more about the terminology of the subject matter, and Richards would be fine with any readings.

Do you think The Magnificent Masters needs a follow-up book? Why or why not? told the entire story. It was about the 1975 Masters and that was covered completely.

Any additional comments?

I wish that there had been more information on all the other great golfers in this tournament. Tom Watson was playing in the final round with Nicklaus, yet we barely hear about him. There is a lot of talk about Lee Trevino going into the tournament, and even though this year marked his best showing in the Masters, we dont get much information on his feelings on how the tournament finished. Should have spent more time on the four rounds of the event, and less on the life lessons learned by Miller and Weiskopf.

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- Barry

Great story, but needs a better reader

Any additional comments?

This is a very good golf book. Nicklaus may be the greatest of all time, but there have not been that many interesting books featuring him. Hogan, Palmer and Jones have had theirs. Even Tiger recently. So it's nice to have a good one featuring the Bear at a time when he was at the top of his game. It has also been rare to have a golf book featuring a young Johnny Miller, so that was an added bonus. The 1975 Masters is considered one of the best of all time. So it made for a great backdrop to explore some of the best golfers of the 1970's.

The reader, however, will be a distraction for any golfer. He mispronounces many golf terms. He also shows a total lack of golf knowledge on others. For example, he reads -3 as negative 3 instead of 3 under as any golfer would. Despite those distractions I enjoyed the book.

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- Hebern

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios