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One Magical Sunday
(But Winning Isn't Everything)

by Phil Mickelson
Narrated by Phil Mickelson, Amy Mickelson, Gary McBride and Renee McBride

      Even those that don't follow golf seem to have some recollection of Phil Mickelson's Masters victory in 2004. They saw the jump that was frozen in time by numerous magazines, saw him on the myriad of talk shows he visited after the win, or heard about it from someone else.

     One Magical Sunday (But Winning Isn't Everything) recaps his win at the major championship that had eluded him for so long, but also explores the influences in Mickelson's life and how those influences have shaped his career and helped get him to that Master's victory.

     Each hole that Mickelson played on that fateful Sunday is dissected in detail by Mickelson himself, as well as family members and coaches. The variety of perspectives on what was happening gives the story a much fuller feel than just reading a one person account of that day. Golf fans will revel in listening to Mickelson explain his thought process in setting up each shot on each hole.

     But what really gives this story a special feel are the anecdotes and memories that Mickelson shares that are expertly intertwined with the play by play of his round. They give the listener insight into not just Mickelson the golfer, but also Mickelson the father, son, and husband. His explanation of how he "gives" his daughters magic reveals how much he truly enjoys being a dad.

     This is a book that truly benefits from the audio CD format and comes across much differently than the traditional reading version. Not only does Mickelson do much of his own narration, but his wife and daughters also read their parts, which really gives the story a personal feeling. When you reach the end, you realize you know just as much about Mickelson's family as you do his golf and you come away with the impression that as much as he enjoys playing golf at a championship level, it pales in comparison to the love he has for his family.

     If you're not a golf fan, don't let Mickelson's profession steer you away from this gem of a listen. It's entertaining, fun, and informative. And it's for everyone who puts family first.

The Book

Time Warner Audio Books
April 1, 2005
Audio book - CD
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The Reviewer

Jeff Shelby
Reviewed 2005
NOTE: Reviewer Jeff Shelby is the author of Killer Swell.
© 2005