John Feinstein tells the inspirational story of Bruce Edwards, the most famous caddy in professional golf and the unexpected star of the 2003 US Open, who died aged 49 in 2004.
Beyond golf's polished surface there lies a world not often seen by the average fan. The caddy sees everything - the ambition, the strategy, the rivalries, the jealousies - that occurs behind the scenes. Award-winning John Feinstein, America's favourite sportswriter, got one of golf's legendary caddies to reveal the secrets behind the most popular sport of our time.
Bruce Edwards was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in January 2003, a progressive disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, but he dominated coverage of the 2003 US Open. This is a position not usually bestowed on a caddy, but Edwards was no ordinary caddy. In 1973, after forgoing college, Edwards walked on the course behind a young Tom Watson and never looked back. Watson would go on to win eight major titles with Bruce Edwards by his side.
Edwards continued to do the job he had dedicated more than half his life to right up to his death in April 2004, aged 49.
This is a moving, dramatic and thoughtful book about a life devoted to sports.
The best writer of sports books in America today - BOSTON Globe
Really a love story, albeit one with a tragic end. Feinstein chronicles the decades-long friendship between Edwards and his wife Marsha and Edward s' love of golf. There is a wealth of remarkable inside-the-ropes anecdotes - FINANCIAL REVIEW (Australia)