Franklin Foer: Why Are There No Great Jewish Golfers?

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Oct. 30 2012 6:52 PM

Franklin Foer: Why Are There No Great Jewish Golfers?

Frank Foer co-edited the new book Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame, which profiles not only famous athletes like Sandy Koufax but lesser known figures such as the boxer Benny Leonard and the fencer Helene Mayer. There’s only one golfer in the book—Corey Pavin—and he converted to Christianity before winning his one major championship, the US Open. What accounts for the dearth of notable Jewish golfers?

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Robert Wright, a senior editor at <a  linktype="External" resizable="yes" href="">The <>  <>  Atlantic</a>, a fellow at the New America Foundation, and editor-in-chief of <a linktype="External" resizable="yes" href=""></a>, is the author of <a  linktype="External" resizable="yes" href="">Nonzero, <a  linktype="External" resizable="yes" href="">The Moral Animal</a>, and <a  linktype="External" resizable="yes" href="">The Evolution of God</a>.