Michael Bamberger joined Sports Illustrated as a senior writer in 1995 after 13 years as a newspaper reporter. Bamberger's versatility as a writer and his lucid, open style are hallmarks of his work. He has written a play ("Bart & Fay") and five books, among them This Golfing Life. He is also the inventor of The E-Club (eclubgolf.com), a utility golf club. His work has appeared in three editions of the annual anthology The Best American Sports Writing.
In the April 17-24 issue of Sports Illustrated, we explore the most compelling turning points in sports, with the most expansive ripple effects, like What if Tiger Woods had chased his Navy SEALs dream?
Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia are tied for the lead after 54 holes at the 81st Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, but Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and other stars are right behind. It should be a memorable final day at the Masters.
At the Masters, more than any other tournament, the emotional lives of the players, in good times and especially in bad, are in plain view. The Masters is just different. The course is alive, leads are never safe, and if you win, you get gifts that cannot be bought.