In what would have been Masters week, we’re celebrating Tiger’s scintillating 2019 victory and the star’s resurgence with a giveaway of three copies of a new book, The Second Life of Tiger Woods by Michael Bamberger.
Below is a review from W&G’s columnist Philippa Kennedy.
Somebody had to write this book and I’m glad it was Michael Bamberger. The highly respected longtime golf writer (Sports Illustrated and now GOLF magazine) has been a Tiger watcher since amateur days and his vast golfing knowledge and perception seeps right through the pages.
The fact that Woods declined to be interviewed for the book is almost a bonus as Bamberger speaks to almost everybody that ever knew him to give us this fascinating portrait of Tiger’s life since he hit rock bottom, which the author dates as Memorial Day 2017.
Well past the scandal years, Woods had undergone spinal surgery and thought his playing days were over. He was picked up by a police patrol in the early hours of that May morning, slumped in his Mercedes and almost incoherent on a cocktail of prescribed pain-killing drugs including Ambien, although there was no alcohol in his system.
Bamberger steers us through both the public disgrace and the ‘private despair of a battered and ailing body’, with skill, insight, compassion and forensic research that includes a chapter of informed speculation about whether Woods used Performancing Enhancing Drugs during his glory days.
Although the book is filled with Americanisms and references and the author insists on referring to The Open as “The British Open”, it is a brilliant study of a complex character and his description of Tiger’s sensational 2019 Masters win had me holding my breath even though we all know how it turned out.
Having read it, I think I admire Tiger even more than I did before.
The Second Life of Tiger Woods by Michael Bamberger, published by Simon & Schuster (UK) Ltd, hardback £20
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