Category: Golf Articles

Erik Compton: Science on Tour

Growing up in a world of burgeoning science, those of my parents’ generation were in awe as the first kidney transplant was performed in 1953. I remember my childhood introduction to the polio vaccine, our first answer to a disease that was at one time thought invincible. We were and continue to be duly impressed …

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Golf Writers and Commentators: Heady Stuff

All smugness aside, golf writers and broadcasters often speak with a tiny edge of “know-it-allism,” and they’re usually not entirely out of bounds in doing it. After all, it isn’t the writers, but the game that just insists on that little twist of pomp, especially when the subject gets anywhere near the British Isles. Some …

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Babe Didrikson Zaharias: From There to Here?

This is how it works if you want to play professional golf. You play through childhood, win every local thing you can find, get into the qualifying system, play until you’re blind and score consistently well. Get your card, go out there, and do your best to keep it, much less win something. It’s a …

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New Kid in Town: Golf World Gets Tebowed!

Like so much of America, I’ve been bitten by the Tim Tebow bug, especially with the New England Patriots lying in wait for the surprising Broncos this weekend. I like the guy, and I have no reason to rip on him for any reason. Not everything demands a moralistic response. Things are often just what …

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The Open: Where – Which One?

The PGE probably feels a little cocky starting its season in Maui this week, with all the pleasures and treasures that such a location suggests. Before you know it, the U.S. “Open” and other events employing that term will come around, and we’ll be in the thick of the majors. The Europeans, however, are also …

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Sophie Goes Public

What does Sophie Gustafson have in common with Judy Rankin, Tom Watson, Barbara Douglas, Ken Greer, Erik Compton, Denis Watson, Paul Azinger, Robert Allenby, Bruce Edwards, Jeff Julian, Scott Verplank, Jose Maria Olazabel, Casey Martin, Lee Trevino, Ken Venturi, Terri Jo Meyers and Steve Jones? They have all been awarded the GWAA Ben Hogan prize …

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PGA Season Underway? How Can You Tell?

What if they held an international golf tournament in the Garden of Eden, and nobody came? What if the PGA held its first event of the 2012 tour, and Mickelson, Woods, McIllroy, Clarke, Schwartzel, Donald, Scott, Kaymer, Johnson, Rose, Snedecker and Jacobsen didn’t appear? What if up to one third of the eligible players of …

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Royalty and Golf: Rank Still Has Privileges

The world is perceived as growing more democratic each day. So many present day democracies were monarchies one or two centuries ago, and most of the prominent ones that remain have lost their “Off with his head” powers. Few can send troops or declare war unilaterally anymore, but in the game of golf, the mention …

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Honoring Dan Jenkins: Golf and the Fourth Estate

I was interested in the recent announcement that the Golf Writers Association of America has named Luke Donald (European/PGA Tours), Yani Tseng (European/LPGA) and Tom Lehman (Champions Tour) as Golfers of the Year, and that the three will be honored at Augusta in April. This news aroused some curiosity about the GWAA itself, along with …

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Lefty Golf: The Far Side of the Ball

I learned how to play golf as a left-hander because those were the clubs available from aunt and uncle hand-me-downs. I wasn’t great, but got my game up and running somewhat  (although the comment once made of Jim Furyk’s swing applied – “beheading a snake in a phone booth.”)  I switched, once new equipment became …

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