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The unforgettable story of the 1973 U.S. Open-and the unknown young golfer who astonished the world... In 1973, a Who's Who of golf's greats gathered at the Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Open. Among those favored to win were Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Instead, Johnny Miller-a 26-year-old one­time phenom from San Francisco-astonished the golfing world by edging o The unforgettable story of the 1973 U.S. Open-and the unknown young golfer who astonished the world... In 1973, a Who's Who of golf's greats gathered at the Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Open. Among those favored to win were Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Instead, Johnny Miller-a 26-year-old one­time phenom from San Francisco-astonished the golfing world by edging out the legends and crafting a record-setting 63 to win by a single stroke. Featuring extensive archival and video research and candid interviews with leading golfers of the era, Chasing Greatness beautifully captures one of the unlikeliest victories and dramatic sports triumphs of the past half century. Authors Adam Lazarus and Steve Schlossman also chronicle the careers and the lives of six extraordinary figures during golf's modern-day golden era: Miller, Palmer, Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf, and John Schlee.


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The unforgettable story of the 1973 U.S. Open-and the unknown young golfer who astonished the world... In 1973, a Who's Who of golf's greats gathered at the Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Open. Among those favored to win were Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Instead, Johnny Miller-a 26-year-old one­time phenom from San Francisco-astonished the golfing world by edging o The unforgettable story of the 1973 U.S. Open-and the unknown young golfer who astonished the world... In 1973, a Who's Who of golf's greats gathered at the Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Open. Among those favored to win were Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Instead, Johnny Miller-a 26-year-old one­time phenom from San Francisco-astonished the golfing world by edging out the legends and crafting a record-setting 63 to win by a single stroke. Featuring extensive archival and video research and candid interviews with leading golfers of the era, Chasing Greatness beautifully captures one of the unlikeliest victories and dramatic sports triumphs of the past half century. Authors Adam Lazarus and Steve Schlossman also chronicle the careers and the lives of six extraordinary figures during golf's modern-day golden era: Miller, Palmer, Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf, and John Schlee.

30 review for Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont

  1. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    Most of this book was a collection of short biographies of Miller, Palmer, Weiskopf, Trevino and Schlee. I found the biographies interesting, as each golfer is so unique. I loved this book, not so much because I'm a fan of golf, but because I'm a fan of interesting characters who struggle to attain their goals. Randy Most of this book was a collection of short biographies of Miller, Palmer, Weiskopf, Trevino and Schlee. I found the biographies interesting, as each golfer is so unique. I loved this book, not so much because I'm a fan of golf, but because I'm a fan of interesting characters who struggle to attain their goals. Randy

  2. 4 out of 5

    Varun

    This book is about a couple of the greatest golfers in the world who went through many ups and downs but at the end reached their ultimate goal in life, to win.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Chocinsky

    I picked this up in a used book store ... I'm not much of a golfer, just business scrambles and such but I thought I'd pick it up because a) I'm from Pittsburgh, b) the first prom I went to in 65-66 was at Oakmont Country Club, c) my brother-in-law who live in Pittsburgh loves golf and has even volunteered to work the big events held at Oakmont ... So I really bought it for him no I know he'll love it. I found it interesting as it provides back stories on a lot of the greats! Arnold Palmer who i I picked this up in a used book store ... I'm not much of a golfer, just business scrambles and such but I thought I'd pick it up because a) I'm from Pittsburgh, b) the first prom I went to in 65-66 was at Oakmont Country Club, c) my brother-in-law who live in Pittsburgh loves golf and has even volunteered to work the big events held at Oakmont ... So I really bought it for him no I know he'll love it. I found it interesting as it provides back stories on a lot of the greats! Arnold Palmer who is a local legend in Pittsburgh was a friend of one of my classmates father. Last name was Dickinson and there is a golfer in here by that name so he was probably a relative. I can still remember standing in her backyard with a big ole driver trying to learn how to hit it when a small plane flew overhead ... It was her dad she said with Arnie and they tipped the wing of the plane at us. I later moved to Ohio and was priveleged to attend Jack Nicholas Memeorial Tournament at Muirfield several times through my job. At any rate ... All that aside it is a well written book with lots of details that golfers will eat up. I'm more interested in the history of the club and the golfers so it dragged for me in places, but I'm sure my BIL will live it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jake Sweede

    Loved all the "inside the rope" stories. Loved all the "inside the rope" stories.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Really tells the story of more than the amazing final round 63 that Johnny Miller shot on Sunday in 1973 to win the US Open. Maybe it was my expectations going into it but it detracted from the deeper story of JM and the round. Oh, it is included but so are a dozen other characters. You get the full story of not only what happened in that tournament but what led up to in years before for the dozen players who played roles in the tournament. It was very in-depth but that also served to frustrate Really tells the story of more than the amazing final round 63 that Johnny Miller shot on Sunday in 1973 to win the US Open. Maybe it was my expectations going into it but it detracted from the deeper story of JM and the round. Oh, it is included but so are a dozen other characters. You get the full story of not only what happened in that tournament but what led up to in years before for the dozen players who played roles in the tournament. It was very in-depth but that also served to frustrate me in that about the time I'd get ready to learn more about Miller's round, the book would delve into another of Lee Trevino's marriages. (I like Lee but not really that interested in his marriage history -- at least not in this book). If you are not into golf that much, I doubt you'd like this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    If you enjoy golf, you should read this book. It is interesting portrayal of the 1973 US Open and of many of the golfers who figured into the eventual winner.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris

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    John Harig

  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

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    Paul Presson

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Jim Epstein

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