“So Help Me Golf” is another winner by Rick Reilly

Bestselling author and golf aficionado Rick Reilly channels his insatiable curiosity, trademark sense of humor, and vast knowledge of the game in a treasure trove of original pieces about what the game has meant to him and to others in his new book tilted "So Help Me Golf."

Chicago, Illinois – It’s been a while since I’ve done a book report, but Rick Reilly’sSo Help Me Golf’’ (Hachette Books) certainly merits one. The book goes on sale May 10, but I was accorded a sneak preview.

Rick Reilly is an undisputed great writing talent. I’ve met some of those gifted types and read many more of them over the years. I got to know Rick a bit when we both reported on the PGA Tour’s Memorial tournament in the 1990s, and we played some informal rounds of golf while the event was going on.

I’ve read a few of Rick’s nine previous books, my favorite being “Commander in Cheat,’’ an analysis of Donald Trump’s involvement in golf. I also enjoyed the best-seller “Who’s Your Caddy.” “So Help Me Golf’’ is much different than that one. It’s one of those rare books that you can read briefly, put it down for a day or so and then pick up reading without missing a beat. It’s filled with short but very readable segments on such celebrities as Bryson DeChambeau, blind entertainer Tom Sullivan, basketball legend Michael Jordan and golf personalities Jordan Spieth, Joel Dahmen, Sophie Popov, Erik Compton and Mike Keiser.

At least those were the segments that were most memorable to me. They were presented in an unusual setting, Reilly tying the book into his own family matters – most notably a difficult relationship with his father. The paperback version is 258 pages, all filled with interesting vignettes. Some might already be familiar to you, others not. All benefit from the Reilly touch.

The book is available to purchase as eBook for $15.99 and hardcover for $29 as well as Amazon and at Barnes & Noble Bookstore.



Len has been covering golf for over 50 years. He was the golf columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for 41 years and has been in the same role for the Daily Herald and several regional newspapers since 2009. Len is also a regular contributor to the Chicago District Golfer magazine and the Illinois PGA website and his travel pieces are regularly published in Illinois Golfer and the Ohio Golf Journal. His works for all publications are available at lenziehmongolf.com. It is in its 10th year of operation and has been enhanced by the photography provided by his partner Joy Sarver in the last four years. Since moving to PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, FL, in 2016, Len has added the Morning Read and its partner wheretogolfnext.com website to his regular writing duties. An inductee into the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004 (for his reporting and youth coaching, not as a player), Len will also be inducted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame on Oct. 18. He is also on the Advisory Board of the International Network of Golf, is a lifetime member of the Golf Writers Association of America and a member of the Golf Travel Writers of America.

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