Seven Days in Augusta
Behind the Scenes at the Masters
The Masters is unquestionably the crown jewel of golf's major tournaments, not only for the transcendent performances it has inspired over the years, but for the incomparable sights and sounds of Augusta National and its environs, each distinct element contributing to the storied, rarefied atmosphere which draws tens of thousands to Georgia each spring.
Seven Days in Augusta spans everything from the par-3 contest, to Amen Corner, to Butler Cabin. Mark Cannizzaro goes behind the scenes of the exclusive competition, covering wide-ranging topics including green jacket rituals, tales from The Crow's Nest atop the clubhouse, the extreme lengths some fans have gone to acquire tickets, and what goes on outside the gates during Masters week. Also featuring some of the most memorable and dramatic moments from the tournament's history, this is an essential, expansive look at golf's favorite event.
New York Post columnist Cannizzaro (Tales from the New York Jets Sidelines) takes readers behind the scenes of the world's most famous golf tournament in this entertaining history. Arranging the book in seven parts one for each day of the Masters Cannizzaro surveys the breadth of the tournament, including the role the Augusta Chronicle plays in publishing interviews with the contestants, a lighthearted par three contest on Wednesday, and Sunday's donning of the green jacket. Throughout, Cannizzaro provides intense glimpses of legendary Masters moments such as Tiger Woods's 1997 victory and Phil Mickelson's 2004 breakthrough for his first major. While the recollections of such memorable victories will surely delight golf fans, the vivid imagery and descriptions of the course itself and the atmosphere surrounding sophisticated and snobbish though it may be leaves a lingering impression of a warm spring day in Augusta. Closing chapters touch on Tiger Woods's remarkable resurgence in the 2019 tournament, providing readers with a look at the triumph that turned "one of the world's most famous and snooty golf clubs" into something like "Yankee Stadium with fans chanting." Coming out just in time for the 2020 Masters, this fascinating behind-the-scenes account will delight many a golf aficionado.
The author did a great job in keeping someone who has watched the Master’s since the early 90’s intrigued. It went into entertaining depth about the history of the tournament, the players that were the bedrock of the event, and the past champions through Tiger in 2019. I read it in only a few days because each chapter’s heading made me want to read more. Great approach to something that has been written about many times before!