A Major Obsession: One Fan, Four Golf ChampionshipsPaperback
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- Publisher: BIRLINN LTD
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 146mm x 196mm x 24mm | 340g
- Publication date: 17 May 2010
- Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
- ISBN 10: 1841588598
- ISBN 13: 9781841588599
- Illustrations note: 16pp colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 538,293
Kenny Reid has avidly followed golf's majors for more than 30 years. Through the luminescent glow of his television screen, and even, on occasion, from the vantage point of the roped-off boundaries, he has watched the greats of the game stamp their mark in the history books of each of the golf world's premier tournaments. In 2009 he decided to go a step further, decided that it was time to live the dream of all golf enthusiasts - he embarked on a pilgrimage, a 'fan slam', to each of the four majors - the Masters, the US Open, The Open and the PGA Championship - all in a single year. "A Major Obsession" chronicles this golf fan's odyssey. In an effort to record every detail of the fan's experience at the majors at Bethpage, Augusta, Turnberry and Hazeltine, he experiences excitement, mishaps, surprises and feats of brilliance. Not a golf insider or writer, he records each championship's special feel and ambience from the everyday fan's point of view. The journey takes him to the heart of the spectator experience, comparing and contrasting each championship's highs-and-lows both on and off the course. It mixes the sublime with the ridiculous; the expected with the unexpected. Original, quirky and brilliantly insightful, this fan's-eye account of the best players and tournaments in the world is a must for all lovers of sport and of golf; it is entertainment, travelogue and user manual to the most spectacular golf tournaments in the world.
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Kenny Reid was born and brought up in Ayr. He holds an MA (Hons) in History from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Business and IT from the University of Strathclyde. He is a member of Prestwick Golf Club and has a golf handicap of two. He lives in Edinburgh.