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Who's Your Caddy?


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Rick Reilly has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times. Formerly a writer for Sports Illustrated and, he continues to deliver his opinion essays and features on ESPN SportsCenter. He is also the author of eleven books, several of which have been New York Times bestsellers. His Sports From Hell, My Search for the World's Dumbest Competition was a finalist for the Thurber Prize. Reilly lives in Denver, Colorado.


Sports Illustrated columnist Reilly (Missing Links; Slo-Mo) takes a basic idea-the humble activity of caddying-and makes it his vantage point for this first-person account of big-time golf. As Reilly points out, golf is unique in all of sports in that a nonplayer (and nonumpire) can be on the playing field throughout a match. In this book, Reilly tells of his loops with PGA and LPGA notables as he hauls clubs for 12 players-everyone from Casey Martin and Jack Nicklaus to Tom Lehman and David Duval-and observes the hustlers and personalities (even a blind golfer, Bob Andrews) that accompany the sport. Dan Jenkins of Golf Digest and David Feherty of Golf cover much the same ground as Reilly each month in their respective publications. But Reilly is at times able to provide an insight or two about character, motivation, and determination. By and large, the book has more to do with humor and personalities than it does about pure golf. For most sports collections; the book (or, alternately, the audio CD) may also be considered for libraries with entertainment sections.-Steven Silkunas, North Wales, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Reilly could write about lawn bowling and make it funny, informative, and entertaining. You never know what the next page is going to bring." --Los Angeles Times

"You might not think the story of a man carrying Tommy Aaron's golf bag for 18 holes could make you laugh out loud, but you'd be wrong. Who's Your Caddy? is funny enough to coax a chuckle out of Vijay Singh. A great way to read about the game--and its people, too." --Charlotte Observer "Goes down faster than a cool Bud on a 100-degree day." --Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Hilarious misadventures, catty gossip and downright embarrassing facts are only part of the appeal of this deftly written journal by Sports Illustrated writer Reilly (Missing Links). Caddying for a golf pro just might be every amateur golfer's dream. Reilly managed to talk 11 players, media personalities and one infamous gambler into letting him follow them inside the ropes, even though he had no experience as a caddy and showed that fact so many times that John Daly nicknamed him "Dumbshit." Consider spilling Jack Nicklaus's clubs out onto the wet ground, just as he asks you for a new ball. Or leaving David Duval's golf clubs in the locker room overnight (the ones he won the British Open with) and not being able to find them the next morning. Self-help guru Deepak Chopra recently took up the game and proved that although he may be able to control the aging process, hitting driver is beyond his mystical powers. Reilly gets serious while carrying Casey Martin's bag, the pro golfer who sued the PGA Tour for the right to ride a golf cart during tournaments (Martin suffers from a rare leg disorder that makes every step excruciatingly painful). Billionaire Donald Trump, comedian Bob Newhart, beautiful LPGA pro Jill McGill, Tom Lehman (there's a "Jimmy Stewart decency about him"), legendary gambler Dewey Tomko and blind golfer Bob Andrews round out the field and provide Reilly ample inspiration for a truly funny, don't-miss read. (May) Forecast: Just in time for Father's Day, the book will get added attention as a first serial in Sports Illustrated and with Reilly making an appearance on the Today show. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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