Q&A with Danny Mo author John Haines Tours & News Golfcom www.cmstothemax.com
You changed the original ending, which was Danny Mo hitting a shot close on the final hole to win the Open and then falling or possibly jumping to his death from a precarious lakefront ledge. That was the basis for my fictional SI story you included. But the publishers told you that it wasn't commercially viable to kill off the main character? Yes, and a lot of readers said the same thing. I argued hard for the triumph and tragedy and that it allowed such an ambiguous interpretation. He'd hit the shot so close, winning was an inevitability. But that little bit of unfinished business bothered some people. You and my brother, a priest, are still onboard with that original ending. He's still proud of how it turned out in the rewrite, though.