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The Majors: The Thrilling Battle for Golf's Greatest Trophies


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Contents; Foreword by Padraig Harrington ... ix; Introduction ... xi; 1. The History of the Masters ... 1; 2. In Search of the Slam ... 17; 3. April at Augusta ... 33; 4. US Open Breaks New Ground ... 75; 5. Figuring Out Chambers Bay ... 91; 6. US Open As It Happened ... 99; 7. Golf 's Oldest Championship ...143; 8. Open Contenders ...153; 9. The Five-Day Major ...163; 10. Preparing for the PGA ...209; 11. The PGA's Fitting Finale ...221; Epilogue ...257; Acknowledgements ...261; Index ...265

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* Golf at the very highest level is defined by the Majors. These are the four tournaments that matter most to players and fans alike; careers are measured through success in the Masters, US Open, Open Championship and the PGA Championship.* This book will tell the whole story of what is shaping up to be a year of intense sporting drama.; * Published hot on the heels of the PGA Championship.; * As Golf Correspondent for BBC Sport, Iain will have access to all the key players and personalities behind the scenes.; * Showdown, Iain's account of the 2014 Ryder Cup, received widespread praise and was one of the standout golf books of 2014.

About the Author

Iain Carter has been the BBC's Golf Correspondent for thirteen years, leading commentary teams for BBC Radio 5Live at major championships and Ryder Cups, and travelling the golfing globe to provide reports, blogs and tweets from all of the game's most important tournaments. A sports journalist since the mid-1980s, he covered his 60th major in 2015. He also commentates on rugby and tennis. He is the author of Monty's Manor: Colin Montgomerie and the Ryder Cup (2010) and Showdown: The Inside Story of the Gleneagles Ryder Cup (2014).


"Not only is this a thoroughly well researched and enjoyable book, it offers a deserved literary footprint for an epic golfing spell" - Ewan Murray, The Observer, Sport recommended reads 2015; "[A] remarkable achievement... If you're looking for a good Christmas present for a golfer, then look no further" -- Stuart Barber, Golf Today; "A fascinating history... [of] one of the most fascinating golfing years in decades, sure to be analysed and talked about for years to come. There is no shortage of captivating storylines ... Iain Carter perfectly captures the drama and excitement." -- Golf Today; " Quality all round" --Irish Golf Desk; "Highly regarded BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter has teed-up "The Majors 2015," telling the tale of a memorable golfing year from inside the ropes and the media tent ... Carter illuminates and enlightens the golf scene for Radio 5Live listeners and his latest book does much the same in print" -- Perthshire Advertiser

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