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Andy Farrell is a highly experienced golf journalist who was golf correspondent of The Independent and the Independent on Sunday. He writes for a number of golf magazines and other publications, including the Open Championship Annual. He was honorary secretary, and is now the administrator, of the Association of Golf Writers.
Winner of the Best Golf Book at the British Sports Book Awards 2012. What makes a great golfer? Is it innate talent, unstinting dedication, hard graft or inner strength? Can it be measured by championships won or prize money earned? Is the perfect technique more important than an engaging personality? Since the birth in 1860 of the Open Championship, every era of golf has produced its iconic great players, and here Andy Farrell selects his candidates for the top 100. From the early Scottish professionals who pioneered the game, such as Old Tom Morris and his son, Young Tommy, through such 20th century golden greats as Bobby Jones, Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer and Seve Ballesteros, to the modern era of Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam, and the young pretenders of Yani Tseng and Rory McIlroy.
Going into the final round of the 1996 Masters, Greg Norman led by six strokes. This finally looked to be the year that the 'Great White Shark' would win the green jacket. But in the final pairing of the final day Norman met the one man who always seemed to get the better of the Australian when it really mattered. What followed was one of the most excruciating collapses in sporting history. Andy Farrell brings the players, the action and the emotional turmoil vividly to life in the tale of one of the most gripping final rounds of a golf tournament ever played. Featuring first-hand accounts, blow-by-blow analysis of the action over 18 chapters, and detailed portraits of both men and their long-standing rivalry, Faldo/Norman relives the drama and heartbreak of the day when Greg Norman was once again denied victory at Augusta.
The 100 Greatest Ever Golfers is a fascinating and knowledgeable history of golf told through the most talented men and women to have ever played the game. From Old Tom Morris, via Walter Hagen and Ben Hogan, legendary figures such as Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus, to contemporary greats including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, Andy Farrell recounts the lives and achievements of the sport's leading lights through engaging text, fascinating anecdotes and insights into the development of the game across the decades. Arranged by era and with additional sections on the greatest ever drivers, bunker players and putters, The 100 Greatest Ever Golfers is the ideal pick-up-and-dip-in book for all golfing aficionados, whatever their handicap.