Today Michael Bamberger is one of the top sportswriters in the world, but twenty years ago, at the tender age of twenty-four, he reached the summit of another field—professional golf. He set no course records, made no monstrous putts, and no television cameras followed him around. But the writer received a golf education most fans only dream about: He spent six months caddying on the PGA Tour.
Part sports book, part travel-adventure, The Green Road Home is the book that launched Bamberger’s career. For six months he carried the bags of some of the game’s finest, most promising, and most colorful characters—from legends such as Al Geiberger (“Mr. 59”) and George Archer, to up-and-comers like Brad Faxon and Steve Elkington
“Nobody knows the game of golf like a caddie. The caddie sees it all: the unrelenting dreams, jaw-dropping victories, and soul-crushing defeats. They rarely receive credit when things go right and frequently take the blame when things go wrong, yet they are the invisible backbone of the game. Behind every top-10 finish, every Tour championship, and every missed cut there is a guy pulling clubs for his pro. “He is part-time meteorologist, part-time mathematician, and full-time therapist. He will deftly predict wind conditions; ensure that a superstitious player always has his lucky penny, nickel, or dime in his pocket before hitting the links; reserve unlucky No. 4 balls for pro-ams only; understand how the grass condition and growth pat
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