Open Question Author Peter May Joins Golf Dudes Podcast Tuesday

Legendary Boston sports writer and author of The Open Question, Peter May, will join GolfNewsRI co founder Joe Calabro for a special edition of The Golf Dudes Podcast. 

The episode will take place on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. on Facebook LIVE. 

Peter May

The Open Question is set to hit shelves on May 12. 

Pre-order the book here. 

About May 

May is a legendary Boston sports writer. 

He worked for The Boston Globe for two decades, focusing on the NBA and the Boston Celtics.

He covered the Larry Bird era of the Celtics, the 2008 Celtics team with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and more in the game of basketball. 

While at the Globe, he also covered three Super Bowls, two World Series, the 2004 Olympics and a number of international basketball tournaments.

May is the author of The Big Three: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish: The Best Frontcourt in the History of Basketball; The Last Banner: The Story of the 1985-86 Boston Celtics, the NBA’s Greatest Team of All-Time; Top of the World: The Inside Story of the Boston Celtics’ 2007-2008 championship season and, with Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, Won’t Back Down: Teams, Dreams and Family. 

His work has also appeared in the New York Times, ESPN, Boston Magazine and WBUR, an NPR affiliate in Boston. 

He is a lecturer in journalism at Brandeis University.

The Open Question 

In 1942, the United States Golf Association (USGA) canceled its four golf tournaments due to World War II. 

But then the USGA did something different in only that year—it sponsored the Hale-America National Open on the same weekend as the previously canceled U.S. Open.  

That tournament was won by Ben Hogan who went to his grave believing he had therefore won a record five U.S. Open titles.

In The Open Question, May turns his attention to this controversial, colorful Hale-America National Open of 1942. While providing an in-depth look at the tournament itself, May champions Hogan’s claim to five US Open titles and debunks some questionable assertions that the tournament was not worthy of a US Open. 

Set against the backdrop of World War II, May also tells the stories of other professional golfers in the tournament and the impact of the war on all their lives.

The USGA has never recognized the Hale-America Tournament as an official US Open and remains firm in its stance. It was a decision that bothered Ben Hogan for the rest of his life. 

The Open Question shows how dominant Ben Hogan was against some of the biggest names in golf, and reveals why he deserves to be recognized as a five-time US Open winner.

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