Slaying the Tiger is a great book and here's why
If you're fascinated with young guns like Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy and how they fit into the golf scene alongside Tiger Woods, then this book is for you.
The irony of many great books is that the sweat equity it took to produce thing is inversely related to the sweat equity it takes to read it.
That's the experience I had with Shane Ryan's Slaying the Tiger: A Year Inside the Ropes on the New PGA Tour, anyway. It took Ryan over a year to pump this thing out. It took me about two days to read its 400 pages. The book comes out today.
The main reason is because Ryan's writing flows and his reporting turns pages for you. From debunking the Victor Dubuisson myth to blowing up the social construction of Patrick Reed, the entire thing is tremendous.
Ryan writes experientially about Matt Every (my gosh!), Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson (awesome chapter), Billy Horschel, Rory McIlroy and several other young stars in the golf world. He talked to them, talked to people who knew them and followed them around the world for the better part of 12 months.
He writes about the shadow of Tiger Woods which they're all currently swinging in.
My favorite parts, because Ryan and I share a love for Rory McIlroy, are from the late summer when the Ulsterman took the Claret Jug as well as the Wannamaker. Here's something he wrote about McIlroy after he won the British Open.
Under the gray sky, the last rebellious shafts of sunlight now quelled, he looked older. Time, and the storm and stress of the year gone by, had left its mark.
The weary, battle-scarred face we saw illuminated by the stroboscopic flashes of a hundred cameras could no longer be mistaken for the naive, innocent prodigy that had once walked these fairways lightly, untouched by pain or adversity.
This was the man who had emerged from the fire, battered but unbowed. This his legs pressed to the sod, he held the trophy like it could only ever belong to him. It was possible, at that precise moment, to see Rory unvarnished -- flawed, brilliant, and deadly.
You should go pick it up (Father's Day gift, anyone?) at Amazon right now. Your only regret will be that there aren't 400 more pages to peruse.
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