Slaying the Tiger: A Year Inside the Ropes on the New PGA Tour
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In Slaying the Tiger, one of today’s boldest younger sportswriters spends a season contained in the ropes along the emerging stars who're remodeling the sport of golf.
For greater than a decade, golfing was once ruled by way of one galvanizing determine: Eldrick “Tiger” Woods. yet as his famous person has fallen, a brand new, formidable new release has stepped as much as declare the crown. as soon as the area of veterans, golfing observed a early life revolution in 2014. In Slaying the Tiger, Shane Ryan introduces us to the risky, colourful crop of heirs obvious who're storming the barricades of this normally out of date sport.
because the golfing author for invoice Simmons’s Grantland, Shane Ryan is the proper bring in for the sport’s new age. In Slaying the Tiger, he embeds himself for a season at the PGA journey, the place he reveals the sport some distance faraway from the genteel rhythms of yesteryear. as a substitute, he discovers a gaggle of mercurial abilities pushed to greatness by means of their worry of failure and their relentless perfectionism. From Augusta to Scotland, with an irreverent and vigorous voice, Ryan records each transcendent second, each press tent tirade, and each controversy that made the 2014 travel some of the most interesting and unpredictable in contemporary memory.
listed below are indelibly drawn profiles of the game’s younger weapons: Rory McIlroy, the Northern Irish ace who advanced because the game’s subsequent big name; Patrick Reed, a brash, conceited competitor with a warrior’s mentality; Dustin Johnson, the intense ordinary expertise whose deepest conduct sabotage his power; and Jason Day, a resilient Aussie whose hardscrabble beginnings make him the Tour’s final longshot. the following is also the bumptious Bubba Watson, a religious Christian identified for his unsportsmanlike outbursts at the golfing direction; Keegan Bradley, a flinty New Englander who performs with a sizeable chip on his shoulder; twenty-one-year-old Jordan Spieth, a preternaturally mature Texan wearing the hopes of the golfing institution; and Rickie Fowler, the standard California child striving to make his golfing communicate louder than his shiny orange clothes.
certain by way of their expertise, every one hungrier than the final, those gamers will vie over the arrival decade for definitely the right to be known as the subsequent king of the sport. golfing could be gradual to alter, yet in 2014, the wheels have been turning at a feverish speed. Slaying the Tiger offers a dynamic picture of a speedily evolving sport.
Praise for Slaying the Tiger
“This publication goes to be debatable. there's no query approximately it. . . . it's the so much unvarnished view of the tour—the greatest travel within the world—that I’ve ever learn. And it’s no longer close.”—Gary Williams, golfing Channel
“A must-read for PGA journey fanatics from the informal to the main committed . . . This ebook is sure to be as vital to this period as [John] Feinstein’s [A strong stroll Spoiled] was once twenty years in the past. . . . A well-researched, in-depth examine the boys who inhabit the top degrees of the game.”—Examiner.com
“A masterfully written account of a big time in golfing history.”—Adam Fonseca, golfing Unfiltered
“Absolutely remarkable . . . Ryan’s writing flows and his reporting turns pages for you.”—Kyle Porter, CBS Sports
“A riveting read.”—Library Journal
“Ryan’s clean glance is simply what we golfer/readers want.”—Curt Sampson, New York Times bestselling writer of Hogan
“Ryan does a stupendous activity portray a considerate and exact portrait of the hot crop of heirs apparent.”—Stephanie Wei, Wei less than Par
From the Hardcover edition.
Humble origins. “I’m writing a ebook concerning the Tour,” I provided, “and i feel the tale of your adolescence and the place you got here from hasn’t rather been told.” He flashed me a suspicious glance. “You’re writing a publication approximately my childhood?” “No, it’s concerning the PGA Tour,” i attempted to explain, “but you’re a major a part of that this year.” pondering we have been now in a sound dialog, I took steps towards him at the perform eco-friendly. “We’re working towards now!” he yelled, after which Ted Scott, the fellow he.
one another relentlessly, to the purpose that it occasionally is going too a ways and leaves considered one of them seething. Bradley quite enjoys making enjoyable of Dufner concerning the PGA Championship he misplaced in 2011, giving Bradley his first and in basic terms significant name. It struck me as a slightly delicate subject, and that i requested him no matter if he had at the very least waited a decent interval ahead of firing the 1st volley. “Yeah, it used to be most likely a yr and a part later,” he stated, “and then all of it broke free. yet he’s brutal on me. There.
and perhaps I remorse now not knowing that they couldn’t deal with it.” As Watson used his avid gamers for a protect, he appeared, like the day earlier than, insistent on following his instincts. many of the avid gamers didn’t appear to comprehend the common sense in the back of his judgements simply because, as they famous later, he used to be reluctant to carry them into the fold. “You recognize, you could query my judgements on that,” he stated. “That’s superb. yet i used to be making—I come back to the purpose, I made the easiest judgements I potentially may perhaps at.
He had well-known the mistake of his methods and reformed himself within the picture of a law-abiding kin guy. as a substitute, he scoffed on the punishment and refused handy anyone—especially the media—the effortless redemption tale. “No, I nonetheless hang around with a similar people,” he informed journalists on the 2012 Sony Open, his first match again on journey. “I have nice buddies, guy. If one in all my neighbors loves to smoke marijuana now and then, I’m not likely to assert, good, you can’t be my good friend anymore. Honestly,.
The cartoon of an unsightly American, and fellow professional Stuart Appleby referred to as him out on Twitter, writing, “I’m now not excellent for all time, however it isn't really appropriate to return to a different travel and greater than as soon as convey a scarcity of respect.” The cherry on most sensible of Bubba’s foreign international relations sundae got here while he informed journalists that he could most likely by no means go back to Europe—except for the British Open, since it was once an immense. So the long-drive outburst at Valhalla used to be simply the most recent of Bubba’s maximum hits,.