Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont by Adam Lazarus and Steve Schlossman (New American Library, Spring 2010)
In 1973, a who’s who of golf’s greats gathered at Oakmont Country Club — arguably the toughest course in the world — for the U.S. Open. Among those favored to win were Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Instead, Johnny Miller — a 26-year-old, golden maned, one-time teen phenom from San Francisco — astounded everyone by edging out the legends and crafting a record-setting 63 to win by a single stroke.
In Chasing Greatness, my co-author Steve Schlossman and I chronicle the careers and the lives of six extraordinary figures who battled that day during modern golf’s golden era: Miller, Palmer, Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf, and the ill-fated journeyman, John Schlee. Each man was chasing greatness on that final, overcast Father’s Day afternoon, but only one summoned the courage to defy both history and the golf gods by shooting the greatest round in American championship golf.
Featuring extensive archival and video research and candid interviews with leading golfers of the era, Chasing Greatness beautifully captures one of the unlikeliest victories and most dramatic sports triumphs of the past half century.