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For more than a decade, golf was dominated by one galvanizing figure: Eldrick Tiger Woods. But as his star has fallen, a new, ambitious generation has stepped up to claim the crown. Once the domain of veterans, golf saw a youth revolution in 2014. In "Slaying the Tiger, "Shane Ryan introduces us to the volatile, colorful crop of heirs apparent who are storming the barricades of this traditionally old-fashioned sport.
As the golf writer for Bill Simmons s "Grantland, "Shane Ryan is the perfect herald for the sport s new age. In "Slaying the Tiger, " he embeds himself for a season on the PGA Tour, where he finds the game far removed from the genteel rhythms of yesteryear. Instead, he discovers a group of mercurial talents driven to greatness by their fear of failure and their relentless perfectionism. From Augusta to Scotland, with an irreverent and energetic voice, Ryan documents every transcendent moment, every press tent tirade, and every controversy that made the 2014 Tour one of the most exciting and unpredictable in recent memory.
Here are indelibly drawn profiles of the game s young guns: Rory McIlroy, the Northern Irish ace who stepped forward as the game s next superstar; Patrick Reed, a brash, boastful competitor with a warrior s mentality; Dustin Johnson, the brilliant natural talent whose private habits sabotage his potential; and Jason Day, a resilient Aussie whose hardscrabble beginnings make him the Tour s ultimate longshot. Here also is the bumptious Bubba Watson, a devout Christian known for his unsportsmanlike outbursts on the golf course; Keegan Bradley, a flinty New Englander who plays with a colossal chip on his shoulder; twenty-one-year-old Jordan Spieth, a preternaturally mature Texan carrying the hopes of the golf establishment; and Rickie Fowler, the humble California kid striving to make his golf speak louder than his bright orange clothes.
Bound by their talent, each one hungrier than the last, these players will vie over the coming decade for the right to be called the next king of the game. Golf may be slow to change, but in 2014, the wheels were turning at a feverish pace. "Slaying the Tiger "offers a dynamic snapshot of a rapidly evolving sport.
Praise for "Slaying the Tiger
This book is going to be controversial. There is no question about it. . . . It is the most unvarnished view of the tour the biggest tour in the world that I ve ever read. And it s not close. Gary Williams, Golf Channel
A must-read for PGA Tour fans from the casual to the most dedicated . . . This book is certain to be as important to this era as John] Feinstein s "A Good Walk Spoiled"] was two decades ago. . . . A well-researched, in-depth look at the men who inhabit the highest levels of the game. " Examiner.com"
A masterfully written account of an important time in golf history. Adam Fonseca, Golf Unfiltered
Absolutely marvelous . . . Ryan s writing flows and his reporting turns pages for you. Kyle Porter, "CBS Sports"
A riveting read. " Library Journal"
Ryan s fresh look is just what we golfer/readers want. Curt Sampson, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Hogan"
Ryan does a fantastic job painting a thoughtful and accurate portrait of the new crop of heirs apparent. Stephanie Wei, Wei Under Par"
- ISBN-13: 9780553390667
- ISBN-10: 055339066X
- Publisher: Ballantine Books
- Publish Date: June 2015
- Page Count: 414
- Dimensions: 1.25 x 6.25 x 9.25 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.85 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-20
- Reviewer: Staff
As the post-Tiger era moves to its conclusion, veteran sportswriter Ryan gives the readers an inside look at the younger set competing for dominance on the PGA Tour, refusing to treat "golf like religion with sacred grounds and mythical heroes." The old guard such as Nickelson, Garcia, Furyk and Els are somewhat invisible here, as Ryan devotes his attention to the young lions: the solid Victor Dubuisson, the cash-driven Jason Day, the chunky Patrick Reed, the stylish Rickie Fowler, the sensational Rory McIlory, and the Texas terror Jordan Spieth, winner of the 2015 U.S. Open. The author doesn't mince words in putting the strengths and flaws of each player under the microscope, and he particularly targets the media-hungry Bubba Watson right between the eyes with choice criticisms. Looming above these youthful competitors, there is the myth and reality of the legendary Tiger Woods, a fallen idol, who Ryan describes as "striding like a Colossus down the fairways he's owned for the better part of 20 years," now crippled with back spasms, a turbulent personal life, and a bad golf game. This chatty, opinionated account of the celebrated younger set on the PGA Tour is recommended for anyone who wants to get real insights on the players and the sport. (June)