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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 Not just a novel July 14 2004
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. I read this, The Foursome and Scratch in less than 3 weeks with the latter 2 offering yet more thoughtful insight into the game of and what motivates us to play it. Eddie Caminetti is my new hero!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Green May 29 2003
Attention all golf fanatics! If you have not read Troon Mcallisters The Green, you are surely missing out on a real golfing treat. When you pick up this book you will be pulled into the world of golf and the troubles associated with the Ryder Cup. Enter Eddie Camineti, a golf hustler with the most consistent game ever. However, can this nobody help the U.S keep the cup? After reading this amazing novel, I remembered a lot from the story. The most prominent memory was when Eddie hit a wonderful shot out of a pot bunker... with a ball retriever! Anyway, The Green is an astonishing read and is essential for golfers to read. Thus, if your looking for a fun book associated with golf, pick up The Green. Please note that content and language in this book may be challenging and/or not suitable for young children under the age of 12.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Golf at it's greatest Nov. 3 2002
By mark j
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book to read Oct. 13 2002
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. I laughed outloud many times. Most of the "bets" Eddie makes are hysterical. I may even try a few of them on some of my friends one of these days. I also enjoyed the way Eddie goes about actually playing the game of golf. I'd love to know that I could hit it 250 yards straight every single time. I can hit the ball 250 but maybe not straight, I can even hit the ball straight, but maybe not 250 yards. He pulls off the greatest average play of all time.
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I had thought Dan Jenkin's book, Dead Solid Perfect, was probably the most realistic and believeable novel about the professional game. That was until I read Troon McAllister's book,The Green. Even non-golfers would probably enjoy it as it is about more than golf. Great characters in believeable situations all handled superbly by the author. Eddie Caminetti is much more than a golf hustler with the game of a tour veteran. He has a mind like a steel trap and the nerves of a tight rope walker. How he becomes a Captain's pick for the US Ryder Cup team and how he handles the assignment are a treat. There is much to learn from this immensely entertaining book...about's rules...human nature and life itself. You will not want to put this book down. It is that good!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent pick for any team July 23 2001
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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. Eddie Caminetti is a perfect nobody for the Ryder Cup and the Ryder Cup is the perfect setting for Eddie to unleash his talent for golf and off-beat psychology on an unsuspecting golf audience.
This book is all about Caminetti. It's also all about golf, hustling, and human nature. Along the way there's ample suspense and more humor than has any right to be in it's 300 pages. Most golf novels (and most sports novels for that matter) follow a familiar plot but this book takes us to new, and very original, ground.
Truly funny and the first real competitor to "Missing Links" by Rick Reilly, this is a gripping read. You just never know what's around the corner . . . but you know it's going to be hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Golf Hustler Meets Ryder Cup June 11 2001
One touring pro said about another player who wouldn't play golf for money because of his religion, "Get yourself another god."
To those of us who believe in the God who made golfers and golf courses possible, this is offensive. However, we understand the point behind playing under real pressure.
Here, McAllister capitalizes on this connection between the sport of honor and playing for bucks. The reader will indentify many of the characters with living touring pros today.
It's a great read. Many find the "locker room dialogue" one of its attractions, but for those who would rather have golfers of honor and character choose to speak with more intelligent words to express their emotions, this feature of this outstanding piece of golf fiction takes away somewhat its attractiveness.
Still, a good read on a creative piece of writing.
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