Golf Books Worth Reading: The Bogey Man by George Plimpton

By Ryan Watson

With much of the world in quarantine, now is a great time to read some of the great golf books. At GolfLink, we are profiling some of the best books out there to tide us all over before we can get back out there on the greens. Today, we’re looking at George Plimpton’s The Bogey Man, a true one-of-a-kind read.

The Bogey Man: A Month on the PGA Tour

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George Plimpton was a celebrated journalist who became famous for taking a “participatory” approach to his writing. Over his career Plimpton tried his hand at acting in Westerns, in playing in a symphony, and trying his hand at professional football and hockey. In this book, Plimpton tries his hand at the PGA Tour in the glory days of the late 60s, 1967 to be exact. Despite his limited abilities, Plimpton was able to play at the Bing Crosby Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, the Bob Hope Desert Classic, and the now-defunct Lucky International. Plimpton’s emotive writing makes it easy to feel his fear, hope, and pain as he tries to compete. But aside from his personal story, Plimpton’s description of the environment of the Tour will entertain all fans, especially those interested in the glory days of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and others.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.