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Among the panel's list of recommended reading: this classic by Dan Jenkins.

BOOKS FOR GOLFERS
Bamberger: There was some silliness this week about what the young golfer would get the young tennis player for Christmas. We will not entertain this matter. But if you could give only one book to one player in this festive season, what would it be?

Shipnuck: I would get "True Links", the wonderful coffee table book that chronicles all of the world's great links courses, for the R&A's Peter Dawson. He and other Philistines are now plotting to "modernize" the Old Course. Crikey! When will the madness stop?

Godich: "The Swinger," and I'm giving it to Rory. He needs to be reminded of how quickly things can turn.

Garrity: There's only one golf book, as far as I'm concerned. (Excepting, of course, "The Swinger," "To the Linksland," "Blood, Sweat and Tees," etc.) That book would be "Out of the Bunker and Into the Trees" by Rex Lardner, former head writer for The Ernie Kovacs show. Absolutely brilliant and laugh-out-loud funny.

Van Sickle: "The Dogged Victims of Inexorable Fate" by Dan Jenkins, the greatest golf book ever. It's an expanded collection of his old SI golf pieces. The chapter on "The Glory Game," his bad muni-course days in Fort Worth, is the single funniest chapter ever written on golf. Or so says I. Laugh while you read a little golfing and sportswriting history.

Garrity: If it's Jenkins (or Lardner), the book should go to straight-laced Webb Simpson. It could loosen him up.

Walker: To Paul Azinger, Rickie Fowler and all the other pro golfers who showed an interest in politics this election season, I'd like to give the best book ever written about politics and government: "Animal Farm" by George Orwell.

Gorant: Paul Krugman's "The Great Unraveling" for Paul Azinger, just to watch his head explode.

Hanger: The last thing these guys need is a golf book. They need to expand their horizons! I'd get them the new Michael Chabon, " Telegraph Avenue."

Garrity: If it's not about golf, most tour players won't read it. Unless it's by Limbaugh, Coulter or O'Reilly.

Reiterman: I'd give Tiger a copy of Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken," about an army lieutenant in WWII who's pushed to the limits of endurance when his plane crashes in the Pacific Ocean. Given Woods's fascination with the military, it sounds like something he'd enjoy.

Morfit: To the members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, I would give "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," by a Maria Semple, a writer of "Arrested Development," because they looked like they could really use a laugh.

Ritter: I'd give Tiger "No Easy Day," the story of the raid on Osama Bin Laden as told by one of the SEALs involved in the operation. Just finished it at the end of my honeymoon, and given Tiger's interest in and reported enthusiasm for the military, I bet he wouldn't be able to put it down.

Godich: You were reading "No Easy Day" on your honeymoon? Already?

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