Montague the Magnificent

He was a golfing wonder, a dapper strongman and the toast of the Hollywood smart set—then his past caught up with him

On the golf course, Montague would bet on anything, even if it involved equipment not usually found in a golf bag. (Bettmann/ Corbis)
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The final mystery of the Mysterious Montague—how good he was—was never answered. Grantland Rice, three months before his own death, in 1954, wrote, "A great many will tell you that Montague, originally a Syracuse boy, was overplayed. That isn't true." Rice was a believer to the end.

Leigh Montville, a former writer for Sports Illustrated, is the author of The Mysterious Montague, published last month.


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