Money Golf


Money Golf

600 Years of Bettin' on Birdies

Michael K. Bohn
Foreword by Lanny Wadkins

288 pages


May 2008


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July 2011


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About the Book

You can't play Major League Baseball and bet on a game; just ask Pete Rose. Don't try running a betting ring in the NHL, either. Want the surest ticket out of NCAA sports? Betting's the way to do it. In stark contrast, however, the United States Golf Association officially sanctions betting among players during their games. And it's not just the pros who bet. Every man, out with his buddies, asks at the first tee, "Shall we make this interesting?" Yet there has never been a betting scandal in organized golf.Money Golf is the first book that tells the complete story of golf's unique association with wagering and how that relationship evolved. It features anecdotes from fifteenth-century Scots to Tiger Woods and all the smooth-swinging flatbellies, movie stars, athletes, politicians, women golfers, Joe Six-Packs, hustlers, and sharks in between. It also serves as a primer for novice golf bettors, providing explanations of Calcuttas (betting auctions), odds-making, on-course games, and the art and history of golf hustling. It even highlights movies and books that include golf wagers, showing that even writers understand the marriage of the two.Wagering on golf has been part of the game since it migrated to the United States in 1888. All of the early icons of American golf bet when they played-Francis Ouimet, Walter Hagen, and Gene Sarazen. Even Bobby Jones, the simon-pure amateur, wagered on his game. Sam Snead and Ben Hogan always had a little something on the side; so did Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson learned how to bet on golf when they were little kids. All the personalities, stories, and history of betting on birdies are included in Money Golf.

Author Bio

Michael K. Bohn's latest book, Money Golf: 600 Years of Bettin’ on Birdies (Potomac Books, Inc., 2007), was one of Golf Digest’s top golf books of 2007. A freelance writer, Bohn is the golf reporter for nineteen weeklies in Northern Virginia. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.


"Not only does this book document the history of betting on golf, but perhaps more interestingly, it is stuffed full of gambling anecdotes – a cracking read!"—Golf Monthly

“Michael Bohn has written a splendid book recording the history of betting on golf. The examples start with Scots royals James I and Mary Queen of Scots and lead through the golden days of match play in the 1800s and 1900s to the present day fever of the Ryder Cup. Henry Longhurst, the great British writer and commentator, said, ‘You should always play for a little more than you care to lose!’”—Archie Baird, director, Heritage of Golf Museum, Gullane, Scotland

“If you play golf for money, you need this book; if you don’t play golf for money, you need to start.”—David Owen, author of My Usual Game: Adventures in Golf

"Intently researched, skillfully reported, and artfully written, Money Golf is something you can bank on, proving once and for all that some of the best stories are about following the money."—Thomas Bonk, golf writer, Los Angeles Times

"A good read. I'll, er, bet you would like it."—Wisconsin Golfer

“A zesty collection of tales from the monetary front lines of golf. Bohn’s funny and detailed recounting of classic and sometimes harrowing wagering wars reveals how wide and colorful the theater of operations really is. It’s entertaining and also useful—it’s rich with field-manual material that helps simple soldiers like me live to fight another day.”—Guy Yocom, Golf Digest

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