Argraffiad clawr meddal o hunangofiant y golffiwr poblogaidd Ian Woosnam, sydd wedi aros ar frig y gylchdaith broffesiynol am dros 20 mlynedd, gyda rhagair gan Gary Player a hanes Cwpan Ryder 2002. 48 ffotograff lliw ac 8 ffotograff du-a-gwyn. Cyhoeddwyd gyntaf yn 2002.
A paperback edition of the autobiography of popular golfer Ian Woosnam, who has remained at the top of the professional circuit for over 20 years, with a foreword by Gary Player and update of the Ryder Cup 2002. 48 colour and 8 black-and-white photographs. First published in 2002.
This volume is a most welcome updated paperback edition of a work originally published in 2002, with a foreword by Gary Player. The author, one of the best known and most popular professional golfers in the world, has come to renewed prominence recently following his double success at the 2001 World Matchplay and Open championships. Born in 1958 near Oswestry of Welsh parentage, he learned the game on the local Llanmynech course which firmly crossed the English-Welsh border.
This full, highly readable autobiography traces his life and career from Woosnam's humble beginnings, when he struggled hard to make ends meet, through the successes and troughs of his amateur and professional career until he fully established himself by 1987, the year when he won no fewer than eights major tournaments worldwide and netted a cool £1.8 million in prize money. Soon afterwards he teamed up with Nick Faldo to help secure the coveted Ryder Cup for Europe. In 1991 he attained his lifelong ambition when he secured victory in the US Masters at Augusta. He has topped the European order of merit on three occasions, and now lives in Jersey.
These successes are proudly chronicled in this fascinating tome. But so are the harsh experiences of the lean, formative years when he worked extremely hard as a farm worker, and the manifold problems which Woosnam faced on his tortuous way to the top. The opening section on the author's early life and family background are especially evocative and readable. We read of how in 2001 he was cruelly robbed of success in The Open because of a crucial mistake by his caddy and how he bravely came to terms with this devastating experience. We are also introduced to some memorable characters both inside and outside golf, among them Steve Ballesteros, Ian Botham, Nick Faldo and Dennis Taylor. We read, too, of the author's firm opinions on the future of his game the danger he perceives from modern technology and the control of the modern professional game.
The co-author Edward Griffiths, who has previously collaborated in several similar works, has spent his entire career immersed in sports journalism and has worked as Sports Editor of The Sunday Times in South Africa. This paperback edition has been updated to cover the 2002 Ryder Cup and includes 48 colour and eight black-and-white well chosen illustrations and a most helpful appendix of Woosnam's career statistics. Throughout the book the text is notably frank, revealing and unfailingly humorous.
J. Graham Jones
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