The Back Nine - Mott, Billy
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Main Market edition (1 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330449354
- ISBN-13: 978-0330449359
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 20.5 cm
'The game was match play, each hole counting only for itself. Win the first hole and you're up one; lose, you're down one; tie and it's like you never played it. Move on. If a player gets down more holes than there are holes left, the match is over.' Golf: it's that simple, and that bedeviling, and that's what it comes down to when Charlie McLeod having fled unspecified disaster back East turns up at a club near San Francisco and is entranced again by the game that had once defined him. And so he begins caddying, wrestling all the while with those things that exiled him not only from the sport, but also from life itself. In the profane, reassuring yet competitive world of the caddy shack, lost souls jostle for position, often among men whose passion for golf is ambushed by their own frustrations. The one person they all revere is the player whose mastery defies all understanding and in this role Charlie will either find a new start, or shatter everything once more. The "Back Nine" is a story of love, challenge, and redemption, a thrilling debut and an immediate classic of golf writing.