Golf book recommendation: The Caddie Who Won the Masters

Have you ever picked up a book and knew within the first 2 pages that you were going to love it? Well, that’s how I felt when I cracked the bindings on John Coyne’s, The Caddie Who Won The Masters.

This book captivated me from the very beginning and I read it in record time.  It was so entertaining that I spent every morning at the gym on the staitionary bike so I could read it while “exercising”.  It probably wasn’t the best thing for my fitness routine, but it sure helped kick off my day with some moments of shear delight.

Picture this…an aging amateur golfer about to face the challenge of a lifetime (playing in The Masters) while his wife faces hers (dying of cancer).  His daunting quest to fulfill Bobby Jones’ dream that an amateur win the Green Jacket becomes even more agonizing when he discovers that a win will save his wife’s life.  Spooky, eh?

Well, there’s good reason for it being a bit chilling; it’s written by an accomplished novelist who has been known to haunt a few people’s dreams through numerous award winning horror books, such as Child of Shadows, Fury , The Shroud and The Piercing.

John Coyne is a master storyteller, who has woven some fascinating golf history with fiction and fantasy into a riveting tale of suspense, drama, legends, heros and love in The Caddie Who Won the Masters.

As a wannabe golfer and writer, it was a real treat for me to be able to talk to John about his latest masterpiece…

The Caddie Who Won The Masters is must read for anyone who loves golf and fantasizes about playing Amen Corner with the legends of the game.  It was the first book of John’s I’ve read, but it won’t be the last.  Next up,  The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan followed by The Caddie Who Played with Hickory.

If they are half as good as this gem, I’d say I’ve found my new favorite author. What worries me is I might be tempted to read some of his horror novels and I’m easily frightened. The closest thing I ever get to horror in my life is my golf game.


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  1. Might give this one a try, a book I would recommend is The Morris Men by Stephen Mitchel, like you I couldn’t put it down after the first few pages.

  2. I will definitely read this one. Reasons: I’m a golf nut and my wife’s maiden name is Coyne.

  3. Sounds like two good reasons to me Dan 🙂 Let me know how you like it.

    And Rick, thanks for the tip. My favorite type of novel is a mystery, so combining that with golf lookd like a perfect match!


  4. I think I am going to like this book, The Caddie Who Won the Masters. I always like seeing the underdog triumph.

  5. I hope you do, Peter! Let me know what you think you read it. 🙂


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