Excerpts From New Golf Books

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Zinger! A new compilation of quotes reminds us that not all Tour players are boring Pro golfers aren't known for their searing insights — their press conferences can be as dull as a White House news briefing. But there are exceptions, and Great Golf Quotes has unearthed thousands of them. The compilation has a European bent (the author is British) and a scarcity of material from recent years, but it's still packed with the kinds of quips and rips that made Dave Marr once confess: "I have never been misquoted, but I've often said I was." Great Golf Quotes By Michael McDonnell $15, Trafalgar Square Publishing
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Whose line is it anyway? Here are four dandies from Great Golf Quotes. "One of these days I'm going to win this bitch of a tournament."— John Mahaffey, after finishing 2nd and T4 in the 1975 and '76 U.S. Opens.
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"All men are created equal. I'm just one stroke better than the rest." — Gene Sarazen, after winning the 1922 U.S. Open
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Short and Sweet Quick excerpts from two other golf titles that deserve a home on your shelf Arnie and Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry by Ian O'Connor $26, Houghton Mifflin "There was something about Palmer that Nicklaus could never lay a glove on...Arnie had the fans and wanted the trophies; Jack had the trophies and wanted the fans."
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"I don't care what anybody says. The first tournament is not the hardest to win, it's the second." — John Daly, after winning the 1992 B.C. Open
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"My, my, it looks like a couple of Shetland ponies have been mating in there." — Peter Alliss, on TV after Richard Zokol took several swings to escape the Road Bunker at St. Andrews at the 1986 Alfred Dunhill Cup
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Golf Dads by Curt Sampson $22, Houghton Mifflin "When a father introduces the game to his child, he's opening a window to...the world of adults. The introduction is as valuable as good genes or a trust fund because golf is something to do and a golfer is someone to be."