A winning historical review of the major tournaments -- the U.S. Open, the British Open, the Masters, the P.G.A. -- and the outstanding competitors including Bobby Jones, Slammin' Sammy Snead, Arnie Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and all the others who have won fame and green on the links, achieved stardom and increasingly lucrative cash prizes for putting a little white ball in a little elusive hole hundreds of feet away, the only game where getting the birdie is desirable and under par means success. McCormack, attorney and representative for some well known players (Palmer, Doug Sanders, Gary Player), emphasizes the advent of big money golf, capped by the coming of television: ""Special Events -- TV means dollars."" Photos -- about a hundred in both color and black-and-white -- round out this special item for the addict. Think of it as a nine-iron blast from that dangerous trap -- which drops into the cup. Statistical data appended.