Masters of Men

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Masters of Men is the story of one journey taken, more than half a century apart, by two outstanding golfers, Ken Venturi and Rory McIlroy. It pits the incredible struggles and victories of Venturi, perhaps the single most naturally talented golfer from the 1950s and 1960s, against McIlroy, the game’s most naturally talented golfer playing today. Putting them on the same tee boxes and on the same greens, this book uniquely and dramatically brings together the men from two different ages in golf on the final day of their greatest failure, and the final day of their most remarkable triumph. It weaves in elements of cultural and social history; examines the birth of two of the greatest golf courses in the United States, Augusta National and Congressional County Club; and examines the journey undertaken by the game of golf and its greatest players from generations past. It is an extraordinary story and one that will appeal to any sports fan.


Liam Hayes is an award-winning sports writer, and the bestselling author of Out of Our Skins. He is a former newspaper editor for Ireland on Sunday, a sports columnist with the Irish Daily Mail, and a noted celebrity guest on sports programming and current affairs shows on Irish TV.