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The Nicklaus Palmer battles on and off the golf course have long since passed into sporting history, and the prospective reader could be tempted into thinking why go through it all again after all this time after all, we have new golfing heroes these days such as Tiger Woods and Co to admire and scrutinise To a certain extent this is true, but in the late 1950 s and early 1960 s when Palmer s star was in the ascendant, TV coverage of golf was in its infancy, and he became a seminal figure with a unique place in the sport Nicklaus s record, of course, speaks for itself, and in cold statistical terms he eclipsed Palmer by a mile.So by and large I think Ian O Connor is justified in putting their careers and relationship under the microscope once again For the casual golf reader like myself, and for anyone curious to know what they were all about, this book kills two birds with one stone.Although they weren t totally contemporaries, the two players provided a fascinating scenario in the early days for the TV watching public who hitherto hadn t seen much in the way of live golf coverage Palmer was charismatic and his go for broke attitude on the course won him many tournaments and an Army of fans Nicklaus was extremely focussed with a tough competitive edge He was the young upstart who threatened to dethrone the King The crowds who watched them do battle were fiercely partisan at least when Jack first broke through and Nicklaus had a tough job on his hands to win them over Having ten years of youth on his side, obviously his rise to the top would soon coincide with Palmer s gradual and inevitable decline By the 1970 s Arnold s halcyon days were over and Jack was into his golden era.As the years rolled by, the two got into course design and the scenes of their rivalry shifted from the course to the board room So the comparisons continued, with Palmer arguably becoming the successful in business and in his various associations The author points up the contrast between the two Nicklaus the ruthless course analyst as he always was, not lending his name until every little detail was up to his exacting standards Palmer, on the other hand, was content to delegate matters to his trusted associates while he flew the length and breadth of the country in his beloved aircraft, wheeling and dealing as he went.It still makes fascinating reading They were like chalk and cheese, but as the years mellowed their obvious differences, a tolerance developed between the two aided and abetted by their wives who were good friends and played down the various feuds and O Connor covers the delicate personal situations in diplomatic fashion.Yes, of course we have new golfing heroes, but reading this book is a reminder that Nicklaus and Palmer were central characters in the development of golf into the huge moneyspinning business it now is Things change, of course To paraphrase the remark made by the great Bobby Jones about Nicklaus, the present leading lights of golf must be playing a game with which the old warhorses are not too familiar But the old stagers legacy is still felt and appreciated.This book is not too heavy a read at 316 pages of main text, with a comprehensive appendix but only black and white illustrations, which may have been a deliberate ploy to emphasise the era in which most of the golfing battles were played out I enjoyed it. Great read If you want the long and short of this book, it s easy to summarize Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus loved nothing better than to one up each other Arnold wanted to win on the golf course, and Jack wanted to be popular with the fans their wives kept the rivalry from getting out of hand and they are at peace with one another now than before.If you want to read about the various times they played each other, the off course competition, slights to one another, and what bugged each one about the other, then you ll want to read every page of this detailed dual biography If you would rather read just about one or the other and their whole career in perspective, another book will undoubtedly be pleasing.I had never read anything about the backgrounds of either golfer so I learned a lot As soon as the book got into the years where I was well aware of both men, the book didn t add very much to what I knew already In fact, Mr O Connor left out material that I would have included.Because the two men are ten years apart in age, they aren t the kind of playing rivals that some of the earlier champions were who competed against each other in their prime years In the process, the astonishing rise of golf as a spectator sport isn t given as much attention as it should.But if you want to get an overview of both men, magnified by their feelings about one another, this book will serve you all right But don t expect the book to be compelling reading It s like those long winded stories you hear at the country club in the bar that are shared by the oldest member after quite a few libations. If you want the long and short of this book, it s easy to summarize Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus loved nothing better than to one up each other Arnold wanted to win on the golf course, and Jack wanted to be popular with the fans their wives kept the rivalry from getting out of hand and they are at peace with one another now than before.If you want to read about the various times they played each other, the off course competition, slights to one another, and what bugged each one about the other, then you ll want to read every page of this detailed dual biography If you would rather read just about one or the other and their whole career in perspective, another book will undoubtedly be pleasing.I had never read anything about the backgrounds of either golfer so I learned a lot As soon as the book got into the years where I was well aware of both men, the book didn t add very much to what I knew already In fact, Mr O Connor left out material that I would have included.Because the two men are ten years apart in age, they aren t the kind of playing rivals that some of the earlier champions were who competed against each other in their prime years In the process, the astonishing rise of golf as a spectator sport isn t given as much attention as it should.But if you want to get an overview of both men, magnified by their feelings about one another, this book will serve you all right But don t expect the book to be compelling reading It s like those long winded stories you hear at the country club in the bar that are shared by the oldest member after quite a few libations. Great writer Great story about two legends in Golf For anyone who enjoys the tour stops on television, this book is a terrific primer on who and why the PGA is as popular as it is today All golf fans know who Palmer and Nicklaus are, but this book tells exceptionally well what made these men tick and why their presence was such a force inside and out of the world of pro golf For a book about sports, narrative has to be its strong point and Arnie Jack has plenty of it Descriptions of the great tourneys these men took part in makes this book sing It s a reading must for anyone with a sense of history and a curiosity about how the PGA has taken its place in big money competition.Peter Faulkner,Calgary, Alberta Surprisingly, one of sport s most contentious, complex, and defining clashes played out not in the boxing ring or at the line of scrimmage but on the genteel green fairways of the world s finest golf courses Arnie and Jack Palmer and Nicklaus Theiryear duel, in both the clubhouse and the boardroom, propelled each to the status of American icon and pushed modern golf to the heights and popularity it enjoys today Yet for all the ink that has been spilled on these two essential golf figures individually, no one has ever examined their relationship in this way Arnie was the cowboy, with rugged good looks, Popeye like forearms, a flailing swing, and charm enough to win fans worldwide Jack was scientific, precise, conservative, aloof, even fat and awkward Ultimately, Nicklaus got the better of Palmer on the course, beating him in major victories, But Palmer bested Nicklaus almost everywhere else, especially in the hearts of the public and in endorsement dollars Palmer was the top grossing athlete foryears, until Michael Jordan surpassed him With dogged reporting and crisp, colorful storytelling, the award winning sports columnist Ian O Connor explores this heated professional and personal battle in fascinating, intimate, and revelatory detail Drawing on unique and exclusive access to Palmer and Nicklaus, and informed by somenew interviews, O Connor illuminates the two men s extreme differences and sprawling influence through mini dramas, such as their little known first meeting on the course at the topsy turvy US Open in , their early involvement with marketing and a small agency called IMG, and their intense competition for golf course designs in their later years By the end of this pause resisting narrative, which spans five remarkable decades, we see that each man wanted what the other had Arnold had the adoring fans but wanted the trophies Jack had the trophies but wanted the love I enjoyed a good sense of the personal rivalry between Jack and Arnie Most impressed at how they overcame their intense competitve desire to win to build a strong friendship. I grew up a member of Jack s Pack, having been born a little too late to be a soldier in Arnie s Army It s funny how sports moments can stay with you As I watched the Masters this year, in my mind s eye, I could see the Golden Bear prowling those greens Ghosts of Augusta.This book tells the tale of two of Golf s titans, both their individual stories, and the story of their complicated relationship, from the first time they met, to the present day Arnold Palmer, muscular arms bulging out of his short sleeved shirts, cigarette hanging from his lips, going for every pin, with that wild looking swing of his Jack Nicklaus once Fat Jack, before he transformed himself Picture perfect on the course, but not with the galleries, never getting the love that they showered on Palmer, the King To say it was love hate would be an understatement They competed to the death in everything, but cared about each other much than they would let on Ironically, each wanted to be the other Arnie wanted all those Majors, and the title of Greatest Golfer ever Jack wanted the popularity and love that Arnie always had But as Arnie said, You can only be so many things in life The book is wonderfully written You almost feel like you were there, as the author describes so many memorable Arnie Jack duels There is also a fascinating look at their wives Winnie Palmer Barbara Nicklaus were fast friends from the moment they met, even as their husbands were trying to beat each other s brains out When I finished this book, I remember thinking, I really enjoyed that I think you will,too. In order to tell his story, the author goes out of his way to draw a contrast between Palmer and Nicklaus Jack was calculating, Arnie was daring Jack wasn t aware of galleries, Arnie played to them Jack was tubby and not photogenic, Arnie was built like a middleweight prize fighter and charismatic Arnie played a low draw, Jack a high fade Arnie was blue collar, Jack was pampered, and on and on In short, Arnie wanted what Jack had the best golfing talent and Jack wanted what Arnie had fan s adoration It s ok to hear this a few times in the early part to set the stage, but the author seems to repeat and rephrase this every few pages He also makes too much of the Nicklaus Palmer rivalry, to the near exclusion of any other players entering into the picture.But the stylistic flaw and over stated case don t overwhelm what is otherwise an extremely well researched book with many heretofore unknown revelations For example, did you know that Palmer 1st played with Nicklaus in an exhibition when Nicklaus was an amateur Even at that early age Nicklaus easily won their impromptu long drive competition Nicklaus was relentlessly harassed by Palmer s galleries, no so than the US Open at Oakmont where he beat Palmer in a playoff Nicklaus hated being paired with Palmer at the Masters in the late 90 s, because he never wanted to play a ceremonial role in competition and he was distracted by Arnie s playing to the galleries Their rivalry extended off the course in the arena of product endorsements, golf course design contracts and their own tournaments at Muirfield and Bay Hill.These are just a few of literally hundreds of gee, I didn t know that revelations.Perhaps some of the most interesting parts come towards the end when the book focuses on the race and gender aspects of golf Neither Jack nor Arnie were proactive in helping to eliminate the PGA Tour s former caucasian only policy and they were silent during Augusta s men only stand off with Martha Burke Whereas Gary Player differentiated himself from both with a very vocal opposition to Augusta s policy and support for black golfers Lee Elder and Charlie Sifford.All in all a very worthwhile golf read, despite its flaws As Gary Koch might say better than most, better than most