Category: Pro Golf

Susie Maxwell Berning – Hall of Famer

Berning, Four-Time Major Winner Inducted Considering that an induction into the World Hall of Fame is a big deal after all that effort, I’m always surprised that in golf, the process is so quiet. I’ve listened to induction speeches at football’s shrine in Canton, Ohio, and baseball is always a “What about Pete Rose?” festival. …

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What- No Gallery?

PGA Proceeding on Tournaments With No Gallery   The latest plans for a PGA Tour seem to be going something like this. Tournaments will continue into the summer, but no gallery will be allowed to watch them play.  If all goes well, the tour could again welcome fans back behind the ropes around July, either …

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Cris Stevens – the LPGA Has a Chaplain!

Since Late 1970s, Cris Stevens Has Served Women’s Tours as Lay Chaplain Such a thing had never occurred to me until I read the Golfweek article on the LPGA Tour’s chaplain.  All right, I can think of a lot of venues that have one. The American Congress, field hospitals in wartime, service clubs in most …

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Doug Sanders Dies at 86

Doug Sanders

Colorful Doug Sanders Almost Won Everything Doug Sanders was one of the strong supporting figures on the PGA tour when I was a pre-teen and starting to get really interested in watching tournament golf. I use the term ‘supporting figure’ because despite winning with some regularity, twenty times to be precise, he didn’t win the …

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Dow Finsterwald Still Practicing

Dow Finsterwald

50s and 60s Star Dow Finsterwald Still Loves the Game I think I’ve come upon the best trivia question possible to tell how devoted a golfer really is, and what his or her approximate age might be. All right then, here goes. Can you tell me who Dow Finsterwald is? Dow Finsterwald (I hear some …

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Spring Without Golf-Coronavirus

Players Cancelled, Masters Postponed from Coronavirus – For How Long? None of us knows how long this coronavirus thing is going to continue as a major health concern, but we do know that it flies no  flag, holds no territory, and couldn’t care less about any one of us and our situations. In the insensate …

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Christy O’Connor and Ireland

Christy O'Connor

Christy O’Connor, Irish Great, Dies at 91 I must confess up front that Ireland is one of my favorite locations and cultures in the world. Since my first visit there in 1983, and through several subsequent ones, I have developed the assumption that if it’s Irish, it’s better, an accolade I give only to a …

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Palmer Whets Appetite for Money-Laden Players

Arnold Palmer Invitational

Players Shows Takes Much Money to Promote Golf to the Non-Wealthy The Arnold Palmer Invitational got all the drama it deserved, as British golfer Tyrell Hatton hung on with one clutch shot after another to fend off a surging Sungjae Im, Australian Marc Leishman and a group of other contenders, one of which was Rory …

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Im Wins Honda with Good Nerves

Sungjae Im

Sungjae Im Follows Jack’s Advice, Wins Honda Classic Everything about the Honda Classic played this past week was interesting. That includes the course, the top three players, and the broadcast booth. A particularly qualified analyst was brought in to discuss the day’s events. Jack Nicklaus donned the headset, and his advice couldn’t have been better. …

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Mickey Wright, Golf’s Platonic Ideal Dies

Mickey Wright

Mickey Wright, Likely the Best of the Best We knew that it was going to come some day, but I put it out of my head. Last week, we lost Mickey Wright at the age of 85. Wright was an extremely important figure for me in the 50s and 60s, the two decades in which …

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