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New Book: The Open: Golf's Oldest Major
July 19, 2010

This year marks the 150 th anniversary of The Open Championship, and Rizzoli has joined The R&A and Getty Images to produce a breathtaking celebration of a century and a half of the sport's most coveted competition. THE OPEN: GOLF'S OLDEST MAJOR revisits the history of the fourteen legendary links courses along the spectacular British coastline on which The Open has been played. A chapter is dedicated to each course, highlighting the famous moments of victory, defeat, partnership, competition, and tradition that have come to define them.

THE OPEN: GOLF'S OLDEST MAJOR brings together classic images of golf icons-from early stars such as Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones, and masters like Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, to the exceptional talents of Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington-and includes brand new photographs by David Cannon. Distinguished golf writer and course architect Donald Steel supplies the history behind these images. Beautifully illustrated and authoritatively written, this book captures the spirit, excitement, and glory of The Open.

About the authors: Donald Steel is a golf writer, architect and historian. As a golf course architect, he has worked on all of the courses of The Open Championship. Arnold Palmer is one of the greatest players in the history of golf. In 1998 he was awarded the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award after a career in which he won seven major championships, including two wins at The Open in 1961 and 1962. Peter Dawson is the Chief Executive of The R&A.

  • THE OPEN: Golf's Oldest Major Text by Donald Steel
  • Foreword by Arnold Palmer
  • Afterword by Peter Dawson
  • Hardcover with jacket / 304 pages / 9" x 12" / 240 colour and b/w illustrations
  • Price: £35.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3308-5
  • Rizzoli New York
  • Publication Date: July 2010








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