BURIED LIES by Peter Jacobsen


True Tales and Tall Stories from the PGA Tour
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 Delightful recollections of Jacobsen's 17 years as a touring golf pro, emphasizing his role as one of the great characters of the game. Though Jacobsen has never won a major tournament, few golf professionals have had as much fun as he has. A golf-course designer, TV-commentator, member of the Tour Policy Board, and founder of a well-attended charity tournament, Jacobsen doesn't allow his serious side to get in the way for long. The author made news with his 1984 Golf magazine ``centerfold,'' done ``to show how basically untanned and unattractive'' pro golfers really are. He's made appearances in a couple of movies and is the lead singer for Jake Trout and the Flounders, a rock group that includes fellow pro Payne Stewart on harmonica. Jacobsen's on-the-course antics (including his tackle of a streaker at the 1985 British Open) have brought him a lot of attention, but it's his spoofs and golf-swing impressions of Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Craig ``The Walrus'' Stadler, and others that have made him a popular attraction on the tour. Here, he recalls some ``fabulous shots'' (e.g, Bob Gilder's 231-yard 3-wood for a double-eagle on the 18th hole in 1982), and he writes of ``major moments'' he's witnessed over the years. Jacobsen includes some funny anecdotes and personal memories of Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, and Nick Faldo, as well as of celebrities like Jack Lemmon (with whom he partners annually at the AT&T Pro-Am), Bill Murray, and Michael Jordan. An entertaining look at pro golf's lighter side. (Eight pages of b&w photos--not seen.)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-399-13810-2
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1993