Tom Cox dreamed of sporting immortality. For years he devoted himself to golf. And then, one day, he walked away. But as he got older, those dreams kept coming back. So he switched off his computer, grabbed his checked trousers and headed for the golf course. To turn pro. This work presents a hilarious account of one man's pursuit of his dreams.
In every life, there are roads taken and untaken, choices made and dreams abandoned. And then there's golf. As a teenager, Tom Cox dreamed of sporting immortality. For four years he devoted himself to the game he loved. And then, one day, he walked away. But as he got older, those dreams kept coming back. Perhaps it was turning thirty, perhaps it was winning his local club's scratch championship, perhaps it was having his first hole in one, but he decided it was time to start again, to live the dream for real. So he switched off his computer, grabbed his checked trousers and headed for the golf course. To turn pro. There are two ways of becoming a full-time professional sportsman. The first and most favoured approach goes something like this: be born gifted; take up your chosen game early; practise incredibly hard; let nothing stand in your way. The second is more controversial. Just turn up. As long as you're wearing the right socks, you should be OK. Confident in the simplicity of this approach, Tom headed out for the course. What was eight years playing for England Boys and a lifetime of top-class coaching compared to his whippy wrist action and trusty 1980s putter! The Open Championship was only five of the best rounds of his life away and, given a few warm-up tournaments, how hard could it be? One physically and psychologically gruelling year later, Tom returns with the story of how he survived the world of professional golf. Are the pros really so much more gifted than the rest of us? Does an amateur stand a chance? And will he finally get a birdie? Find out, in this hilarious account of one man's pursuit of his dreams.
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Tom Cox's writing has appeared in the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Observer, Mail on Sunday, Guardian and Golf International magazine. He is the author of three books: Nice Jumper, which was shortlisted for the 2002 National Sporting Club Best Newcomer Award, Educating Peter and The Lost Tribes of Pop, a collection of his columns for the Observer Music Monthly magazine. He is founder of The Society of Secret Golfers. He was born in 1975 and lives with his wife in Norfolk.
Bring Me the Head of Sergio Garcia by Tom Cox
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