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    by Tiger Woods
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    The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
    by John Feinstein
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    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
  • Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    by Jim Moriarty
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
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    The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    by Richard Gillis
  • The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    by Martin Davis
  • Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    by Kevin Robbins
  • Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Art of Golf Design
    The Art of Golf Design
    by Michael Miller, Geoff Shackelford
  • The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    by Geoff Shackelford
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    Lines of Charm: Brilliant and Irreverent Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Sports Media Group
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    Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    by Geoff Shackelford
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    The Golden Age of Golf Design
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    Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Sleeping Bear Press
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    The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
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    The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    by Geoff Shackelford
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Monday
Jul112005

Misc. Open Monday Reads

Most of the inkslingers are mailing in press release rubber stamp specials on how the newly lengthened holes will keep the Old Course up-to-date. And then there’s John Huggan, who, pondering the absurdity of players actually be teeing off from outside the Old Course boundaries, provides a fun and cranky pre-Open column.

Has there ever been a more damning condemnation of the game's administrators? How embarrassing is it that golf's most notable and enduring landscape has been deemed inadequate when faced with the modern professional and his bazooka-like weapons? (The answers are no and very for those of you keeping score).

Such discussions and arguments are sure to take up an inordinate amount of space in newspapers over the next few days. In the absence of any real action until Thursday, be prepared to read the opinion of almost every member of the 156-strong field.

Here’s the PGATOUR.com story on Jason Gore's Nationwide win . And this AP story has the news on Brad Faxon qualifying and Sean O'Hair apparently getting a passport, so he's in too. O'Hair also credits his win to purchasing two Nicklaus instruction books that gave him a swing thought.

An Independent story on 33-1 Luke Donald and his thoughts on the Old Course, Jack Nicklaus and Luke's boring style of play. Here's a preview of the U.S. Amateur Public Links and Michelle Wie's quest to get into the Masters this week. The USGA's David Shefter reports that the USGA's Open web site got more than 50 million page views during the U.S. Women's Open three weeks ago when Wie shared the lead heading into the final round.

Mike Aitken writes that there won't be changes to Loch Lomond to despite the low scoring. And what about going to a links? "We have to be very considerate of what our sponsors want and Barclays are comfortable with the championship at Loch Lomond," said Keith Williams of Loch Lomond. "This course fits the profile for them.”

Here's Golf World's take on the lengthening of Augusta National . A club source says that the Masters ball idea is still definitely NOT off the table. And finally, the sad news that Ben Crenshaw is leaning toward not playing the Masters after hearing the news about the latest lengthening.

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