Golf’s Greatest Championship: The 1960 U.S. Open

By Julian I. Graubart
Read by Grover Gardner

9.00 Hours 04/28/2009 unabridged
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The 1960 US Open Golf Championship played at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado, remains perhaps the most dramatic, competitive, and passionate of all US Open championships. In 1960, the young lions of the game were eager to reach the top-tier occupied by venerable players such as Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. In this championship game, only a single stroke separated the three leaders—Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and a young but talented amateur named Jack Nicklaus—on the final two holes. The stunning conclusion would prove to be a watershed in the lives of all three players and in the game itself. Golf's Greatest Championship recounts that fateful game—from the 8:00 a.m. first-round tee-off to the finish—bringing alive a near-mythic moment in modern golf. Along for the journey are some of the greatest players of the time, including Sam Snead, Gary Player, Ken Venturi, Tommy Bolt, Billy Casper, Julius Boros, Bob Rosburg, Dow Finsterwald, Gene “the Machine” Littler, and Art Wall. Golf's Greatest Championship is a suspenseful, richly detailed chronicle of this epic chapter in the game of golf.

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Summary

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The 1960 US Open Golf Championship played at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado, remains perhaps the most dramatic, competitive, and passionate of all US Open championships. In 1960, the young lions of the game were eager to reach the top-tier occupied by venerable players such as Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. In this championship game, only a single stroke separated the three leaders—Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and a young but talented amateur named Jack Nicklaus—on the final two holes. The stunning conclusion would prove to be a watershed in the lives of all three players and in the game itself.

Golf's Greatest Championship recounts that fateful game—from the 8:00 a.m. first-round tee-off to the finish—bringing alive a near-mythic moment in modern golf. Along for the journey are some of the greatest players of the time, including Sam Snead, Gary Player, Ken Venturi, Tommy Bolt, Billy Casper, Julius Boros, Bob Rosburg, Dow Finsterwald, Gene “the Machine” Littler, and Art Wall. Golf's Greatest Championship is a suspenseful, richly detailed chronicle of this epic chapter in the game of golf.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Graubart] makes a convincing case here for adjudging the 1960 US Open…the greatest links tournament to date…[It’s] enormously exciting, and Graubart captures all the suspense.” Publishers Weekly
“Not many sporting events can continue to hold you spellbound long after their completion, but the 1960 Open is one of them. It had everything: a nail-biting charge to victory by Arnold Palmer, the end of an era in Ben Hogan, and the beginning of a legend in Jack Nicklaus. Tension builds hole by hole and stroke by stroke in Julian Graubart’s rousingly detailed replay of four of the most exciting days in golf history.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“[Grover Gardner’s] engaging voice keeps us enthralled.” AudioFile
“Replete with insights and information about golf and its times, this account also touches on the Palmer-Nicklaus rivalry in the sixties and the Senior PGA tour that Palmer and Sam Snead popularized. Recommended for public libraries.” Library Journal
“This is terrific stuff if you care about golf history, and Graubart tells it well, mixing shot-by-shot accounts with flashbacks, flash-forwards, and quotes from many of the participants.” Booklist 
“This gripping account of the 1960 US Open performs the near-impossible feat of making golf exciting and relevant even to those who have never picked up a club…A terrific read for golf fanatics, for those just turning to the game, and for fans of all sports.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Julian I. Graubart

Julian I. Graubart, author of Golf’s Greatest Championship: The 1960 US Open, has written for Golf Journal and various other publications. He lives in Washington, DC.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 9.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English