The Match: The Day The Game Of Golf Changed Forever


by Mark Frost

In honor of yesterday’s recreation of the famed 1956 big money match between Byron Nelson/Ben Hogan and Ken Venturi/Harvie Ward I thought I’d put up a review of this fantastic piece of literature. I first read this book on the plane flying to the Monterey Peninsula for a trip that was to include a game at the glorious Cypress Point. The book chronicles an 18 hole match between the two professionals who were past their prime and the two amateurs who were among the hottest up and comers of the day in eloquent detail. Mark Frost weaves a delightful yarn that provides background details on all the parties involved and describes the golf action in a way that leaves the reader unable to put the book down. On top of that Frost’s description of the golf course itself is provides the perfect backdrop for this incredible golf story. One of the very best golf books to come out in the last few years. For those interested yesterdays recreation of this match was to benefit The First Tee and featured Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler as the young guys and Davis Love III and Nick Watney as the old guys. Watney was a last minute fill in for Fred Couples who was supposed to be Love’s partner.

  • CBus Golfers

    I read this book and its a fantastic insight into the pro
    vs amateur way of playing golf that existed pre-Nicklaus/Palmer. Great great book

  • Mike Gallner

    I loved the golf course and the book. The book refreshed my memory of each unforgettable hole.

  • Barry

    I just picked up a copy of The Match for my trip to Cypress next week. Really excited to play Cypress!!!

  • Barry

    I read the book and played three rounds at Cypress last week – priceless.

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