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Caddy for Life
By John Feinstein
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Caddy for Life
The Bruce Edwards Story

By John Feinstein
Read by the author
Time Warner AudioBooks, 2004
An abridged recording on 3 CDs
ISBN: 1-58621-639-2
Genre: Biography, Sports

Reviewed by Anne Marie Vaughn December 6, 2004

John Feinstein is the author of several books relating to golf such as Open and The Majors. He followed the golf tours and became friends with many of the professionals, including Bruce Edwards, caddy for the Golf Master Tom Watson. Bruce, himself, asked John Feinstein to write his story, he did not want a stranger to do it.

The book begins with Bruce's decision to caddy rather then pursue a college education. It follows his career from 1973 through the 2003 U.S. Open. His parents expected that one day Bruce would grow up, finish his education and get a "real" job. But for Bruce, caddying was the only job he wanted. Since Bruce only caddied for Tom Watson, the book is also a chronological accounting of the career of Tom Watson. In-between Tours we are told that Bruce married, divorced, and married again. It was just before his second marriage in 2002 that Bruce's speech began to slur and he began dropping the golf ball. Bruce was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. Tom Watson paid all testing and other medical expenses for his caddy and good friend. During the 2003 U.S. Open, the world watched and cheered both Tom Watson and Bruce Edwards, as everyone knew this would probably be the last time Bruce would caddy for Tom.

The book is a strictly factual story, moving from tournament to tournament. In-between tournaments, we are told when Bruce met and married his first wife and between later tournaments, he divorced. Bruce had known his second wife long ago, before his first marriage. They met again just before he found out he had ALS and remarried. The human side of Bruce's story is not told. There is nothing about his relationships with his family or of his feelings and emotions as he struggles to keep on caddying for as long as he is physically able to do so. Even the recounting of the 2003 Open seemed to focus on Tom Watson's problems hitting the ball where it should go. Only at the end do we hear that Bruce is anxious to leave as soon as the match is over in order to avoid saying good-bye to other caddies, pros, and friends he made over the years.

John Feinstein's reading is devoid of emotion, accurately reflecting the matter-of-fact nature of the story. That is probably the way Bruce wanted his life as a caddy to be written, focused on his life as a caddy rather than his illness. This is a poignant and memorable account of one man's life and his passion for golf.


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