Unplayable

Unplayable

An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season

The definitive chronicle of the most stunning year in the legendary career of Tiger Woods, when the world’s greatest golfer returned to competitive play following major knee surgery—only to have his personal life unravel in the public spotlight at year’s end. Who is the real Tiger Woods? The unbeatable, indomitable, and ultimate competitor? The husband and father who cares more about his family than anything else? Or the supremely confident controller who thought fierce management of his image and those around him would allow him to lead a double life?

In Unplayable, veteran journalist Robert Lusetich offers an in-depth look at the world’s most recognizable yet least known athlete, Tiger Woods. Lusetich, who first interviewed Woods in the late 1990s and has written about him since 1996, was the only writer to cover every PGA Tour event the world’s number one golfer played in 2009.

Unplayable tells of the unfolding of Tiger’s most pivotal season on the golf course— with his first ever hiatuses from professional play—and provides extensive reporting and the backstory to show who the most elusive man in all of sports really is. Lusetich peels away the layers of the Woods persona to create a portrait that is neither unsympathetic nor hesitant to shed light on Tiger’s shortcomings. This rich, insightful account reveals: what actually makes Woods the game’s dominant player; how his upbringing influenced who he is today and how he has changed over time; and the nature of his relationships with his family, former and current friends, celebrity athletes, peers, coaches, sports agents, sponsors, and the media and public itself.

Based on one-of-a-kind access, Unplayable is a gripping look at the man who changed golf and inspired more fans around the world than anyone else in the history of the sport.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439164143 | 
  • May 2010
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INTRODUCTION

The call came on a balmy September evening in 2008 as my wife and I were about to take our sons to a birthday dinner for the older one, who had turned twelve. My editor at The Australian, on whose dime I’d traveled the world as a foreign correspondent since the mid-1990s, informed me that a Los Angeles bureau was “a luxury the newspaper can no longer afford.” The economy was falling apart, advertisers were deserting, and News Corporation had ordered immediate and penetrating cuts to newspaper budgets. Foreign bureaus were suddenly indulgences; where there were almost twenty Australian newspaper... see more

About the Author

Robert Lusetich
Photograph by Michael Hiller

Robert Lusetich

Robert Lusetich is one of the most influential sports writers who cover golf and Tiger Woods. In more than twenty years as a journalist, he has reported on everything from election campaigns to Olympic games all over the world. A veteran foreign correspondent for The Australian national daily newspaper and a senior columnist for FoxSports.com, Lusetich covered Tiger Woods's return to the PGA Tour throughout 2009 in preparation for this book.

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