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The Green [Paperback]

Troon McAllister
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April 18 2000
The Ryder Cup.

A biennial tournament considered the premier event in the golfing world, pitting the twelve best players in the United States against the twelve best of Europe in a contest so pressure-filled it can paralyze even the most battle-scarred tour veterans.

United States captain Alan Bellamy, with one precious slot unfilled and none of the remaining top tour players willing to sign on against a clearly superior European squad, makes a desperate decision in his attempt to preserve America's golfing honor: he selects as his twelfth man one Eddie Caminetti, a low-life, two-bit hustler from a municipal course in South Florida.

The most prestigious tournament in golf will never be the same. As the unforeseen consequences of Caminetti's participation on the Ryder team unfold riotously, Troon McAllister takes us into the minds and souls of elite professional athletes and poses a question as old as golf itself: Why would God create a game even He can't play?

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McAllister's first novel is the pleasant if unremarkable account of what surely would be a remarkable tale: an unknown golfing hustler is recruited to represent his country in the Ryder Cup, golf's inviolable, biennial struggle between the best players in the U.S. and Europe. In addition to 10 players determined by money winnings, each team has two at-large spots filled at its captain's discretion. The American captain, Alan Bellamy, the "Player of the Year," as he is fond of pointing out, witnesses a man extricate himself from a cavernous sand bunker some 50 yards from the green and plop his ball four feet from the holeAusing a ball retriever instead of a club. When said shotsmith then whips Bellamy in a one-on-one match for $20,000, the stage is set for Bellamy to extend golf's most revered invitation to Eddie Caminetti, a diamond rarely in the rough who has forsaken the pressures of big-time golf for the anonymous comfort of conning weekend duffers. After an audition establishes this parvenu's striking ability to remain below par, the other Americans even agree to pony up Caminetti's stakeA$100,000, as long as the coveted cup stays on U.S. soil. While the book moves along briskly, and the plainspoken but unabashedly mercenary Caminetti is endearing, it seems to promise something it never delivers. When narrator Bellamy admits at the beginning to being responsible for putting a municipal course nobody in the hallowed Ryder Cup and for things going "a little haywire," one expects more than a missed putt to go amiss. McAllister sets up a clash between the gruff Caminetti and a vain sport's sacrosanct crown jewel, and then fails to explore this fertile ground for comedy. But this is, above all, a story about golfing, with engrossing insights into everything from the physics to the philosophy of the sport and several scenes that highlight its infamous and recondite set of rules. Golfers will surely appreciate this entertaining read.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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McAllister offers probably the best novel about golf since William Hallberg's The Rub of the Green (Doubleday, 1988). The narrator is team captain for America's Ryder Cup team, which has zero chance of winning against the European team until he chooses Eddie Caminetti, an unknown who prefers to make his living off the tour by snookering golfers who underestimate him. Eddie is not only a great golfer but a brilliant analyst of players and courses who shows his teammates how to exploit their European opponents' weaknesses. Eddie is an honest con who abides precisely by the terms of his contract. But when he doesn't get his money, it's unclear who is getting stiffed. Eddie is an unforgettable character, and the golf is vividly described. Golfers will love this book but so may nongolfers who have never understood how hard it is to play the game well. McAllister, an avid golfer, also writes thrillers (The Hall of Justice, LJ 6/1/96) under the pseudonym Lee Gruenfeld.AMarylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, IA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Golf at it's greatest Nov. 3 2002
By mark j
Format:Paperback
The Green by Troon McAllister is about a prestigious golf tournament that has been in our history for over 100 years. The Ryder cup is a golf tournament pitting the United States against Europe in a head to head match play format. Alan Bellamy, having won the British open and being the best golfer in America, was chosen to be the captain for the United States team. The first ten of twelve players on the team are the top point leaders on the PGA tour. Alan was free to choose his last two players. The European team was supposed to be so good this year that none of the rest of the top pros wanted to be part of the humiliation of losing. He chose a South Floridian, municipal course hustler as his twelfth man. This hustler's name was Eddie Camineti. Eddie was no ordinary golfer because he had a special gift of scoping out the weaknesses of his opponents and using them to his advantage. He hated publicity because he thought the people he played would notice him and he would lose business. The story goes on as Eddie and Alan head the United States Ryder cup team against the brutal Europeans.
I would recommend this book to die hard golf fans because Troon Mcallister really gets into the different aspects of the game that would bore or even confuse the non-golfer. He also talks a lot about swing mechanics and how to read a green. I might also recommend this book to people who like to read about hustlers. Eddie is a true hustler that shows how the business of hustling is done throughout the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent but humorous look at golf May 16 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The Ryder Cup is one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world. The top Americans compete against a team consisting of the leading European players in a series of alternate shot teaming, best ball teaming, and individual one on one competition. However, this year everyone agrees that the Europeans are so superior that it almost seems foolish to hold the matches.
United States team captain Alan Bellamy has a big headache. He has to find a twelfth player to join his squad. None of the remaining PGA's tour leaders want to be part of the upcoming humiliation. Desperate, Alan selects a South Florida municipal links' hustler Eddie Caminetti for the final slot. Eddie sees no honor in being on the Ryder Team, so Alan bribes him to join the squad. Eddie's a con man, who knows how to find and exploit his opponent's weaknesses. While dealing with Easy Eddie who takes charge of the event, twenty-three pros and their adoring public wonder what happened and is it the love of money or the game that keeps them putting?
The usual golf novel places the sport on some sort of divine level. However, Troon McAllister debunks the myths with a very humorous satire that eagle each chapter. The story line centers on Eddie and his relationship with the game, the professionals, and the entourage that accompany the stars. Adding to the entertainment is the feeling that Alan narrates the tale as if he has been a victim of a blitz from the practical but shady Eddie. Mr. McAllister makes golf fun for fans and non-fans with an ironic smile at the birdie.

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the game, you'll love this book. May 4 1999
Format:Hardcover
The author gives us so many things to enjoy in this wonderful fictional tale that is as real to life as the game it portrays. The plot is rich and complex and keeps you in suspense even after the final match has been decided. The characters are wonderfully drawn and provide a rare insight to this most challenging of games being played at its highest level. The messages are many but none so well-crafted as the central theme of integrity which continually provides gut-wrenching twists and turns for Al Bellamy- the story teller. Even the title provides us with opportunity to explore several possible tie-ins as we traverse the book. In addition to the fun of a great golfing saga, the reader will find woven throughout the fabric of this tale, a treasure-chest of wonderful golfing wisdom. You get some real honest-to-goodness insights you can apply to your own game. It takes us inside the world of the professional golfer where few of us are priviledged to go and then turns around and lets us feel right at home when the pros do a hilarious locker-room golfing cliche` fest.
As a lifetime golf zealot, I loved this book and will insist all my playing partners get a copy for their collection of must-read golf books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining! Aug. 20 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
As stated--"The Green" is very fun and entertaining. Being a golfer and an avid Ryder Cup fan I did find myself a bit bored by the explanations of the event and the game, however I'm certain this quality will help the non-golf or Ryder fan to understand it a bit better. Following the 24 or so characters in the book can be confusing. Except of course for the players who seem to be derived straight from the PGA Tour (the Tiger Woods and John Daly facsimiles hit you right in the face). I also found it hard to believe that professional golfers would know so little about the rules of the game. Saying all of this, I couldn't put it down! It is a very quick read and a page turner. I found myself laughing and guessing what will happen next the entire way through. With Ryder Cup a few weeks away this is the perfect way for longtime fans to occupy their time and new or non- fans to have a batter understanding of this great event.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a novel
This book is so much more than a novel - for the average weekend golfer, there's also a lot of little lessons in here, for use both on and off the golf course. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Russell Francis
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Attention all golf fanatics! If you have not read Troon Mcallisters The Green, you are surely missing out on a real golfing treat. Read more
Published on May 29 2003 by H. Mahoney
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book to read
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. What a cast of characters. If you play golf this is a must read. If you don't play gold this is a must read. Very entertaining. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2002 by Kyle D. Gendron
5.0 out of 5 stars This novel goes to the head of the class about golf lore....
I had thought Dan Jenkin's book, Dead Solid Perfect, was probably the most realistic and believeable novel about the professional game. Read more
Published on July 29 2001 by John R. Linnell
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent pick for any team
Troon McAllister rocks! Okay, so you need to suspend your grip on reality to flow with a plot that sees a nobody picked for the Ryder Cup team, but it's worth the effort. Read more
Published on July 23 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Golf Hustler Meets Ryder Cup
One touring pro said about another player who wouldn't play golf for money because of his religion, "Get yourself another god. Read more
Published on June 11 2001 by rodboomboom
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing less than Perfection
I am not much of a reader but I read this book in three days. The story takes you into a world you have only scratched the surface of. Troon has done something special. Read more
Published on June 4 2001 by James C. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Golf Literature
This is one of the best golf novels out there. After you finish reading Missing Links by Rick Reilly, pick up a copy of this gem. Read more
Published on May 23 2001 by Bruce Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! One of the best of its type
This is a masterfully crafted, hysterically funny and profoundly moving golf story that, thankfully, doesn't treat the game as some kind of religion. Read more
Published on April 1 2001 by Brian Montgomery, USMC (Ret'd)
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Realistic
This book is fiction and fantasy with a capital F. If you did not like Tin Cup because of its unrealistic ending you will not like this book. Read more
Published on March 17 2001
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