With the current coronavirus pandemic disrupting both professional and recreational golfers, it's a great time to brush up on your reading with some of the great golf books on offer. Today we look at the history surrounding one of the world’s most important tournaments: the Masters.
In the engrossing book The Masters: Golf, Money, and Power in Augusta, author Curt Sampson aims to give a strong history of both the event, as well as the culture and men who started the Masters. The book serves to illuminate the tournament warts and all, including co-founder Cliff Roberts, Jr. who ruled Augusta National with an iron fist, and who would tragically take his own life on the grounds. It also looks at the role of race in defining this event, from the whites-only membership to the entirely black caddy services. And of course it looks at the famous moments on the course as well, from the earliest events up to the 1990s. It also examines the relationships and contradictions of the town of Augusta, birthplace of presidents, hometown to the Godfather of Soul, and a place brimming both with opulence and poverty. This is truly an engrossing read for any fan of golf.