By: ZULLO & RODELL
Greg Norman, Tiger Woods, and Raymond Floyd are among the marquee players whose moments of infamy -- complete with their firsthand recollections of the events -- are found in When Bad Things Happen to Good Golfers. This is a book that lends credence to the hacker's old adage, "It happens to the best of them".
Watching the top professional golfers on television, sometimes it's hard to fathom that they're playing the same game the rest of us do when we take to the course. The drives are long, the approach shots hit the green, and the putts break the way they're supposed to. You'd think these guys had never heard the word shank in their lives.
But, occasionally, even golfing's elite can descend to the level of the everyday hacker. When Bad Things Happen to Good Golfers recounts those rare moments when the greats of the game show their human side. Included are such gut-wrenching stories as:
-- Arnold Palmer's famed "dirty dozen" at the Los Angeles Open in 1961, when he was the reigning Golfer of the Year. He blasted four straight balls out of bounds en route to a 12. "It was a nice round number, that 12", Palmer recalls. "It gave duffers a bit of heart".
-- How Craig Stadler saved himself a $5 laundry bill by kneeling on a towel to bit out from under a low-hanging tree -- and wound up costing himself $37,000 in lost prize money when he was disqualified for using the towel.
-- How Lee Trevino managed to hit to the wrong flag-stick at the 1970 British Open.
-- Tiger Woods's whiff and other misadventures in the thick gorse of Royal Troon at the 1997 British Open.