Tag: Masters

Immelman Bowing Out – Gracefully

In this, the week leading up to the Open, that major where we see all those qualified players we haven’t seen in a while on a course that is double scary from drought, I found myself casting about for something to say about the game of golf. There is no dearth of things to talk …

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Doug Ford Dies at 95

Doug Ford

Ford Helped Lead Formation of PGA, Oldest Surviving Masters Winner Those of us who have been around a long time and have immersed ourselves in professional golf know the big names.  However, sometimes the way we talk, one would think there were only four or five per era. Whatever the era, that is patently untrue. …

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Remember Bob Goalby? Remember 1968?

Remember Bob Goalby

Goalby and ei Vicenzo Go to the Wire at the Masters The year of 1968 was an important one for me. I was making ready to start college, the first time away from home on a regular basis, the world is my oyster, whole life ahead of me…that sort of thing. On the other hand, …

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Some Fans Turning Good Competition Sour

Some Fans Turning Good Competition Sour

Those of Us Who Know the Least Often Unleash Dark Side on Competition We are almost a week away from an impressive Masters tournament, in which a good share of the greatest golfers each had a shot at it, and came up short. This was due to Patrick Reed’s nerves of steel and gifted shot-making …

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Masters Winners Have Good Nerves – No Exceptions

Masters Winners

 Patrick Reed Shows Great Nerves, Holds Off Best at Masters I had to stop and think about how long I’ve been watching this tournament. It comes well over half a century, and I don’t believe that I’ve ever missed a year. Still, as an adult, I don’t watch the Masters in the same way I …

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The Masters – How to Swing It

The Masters

The Most Traditional Tournament of all, the Masters Requires Semblance of Civility It all begins tomorrow, the most spectacularly cultural celebration golf has to offer outside of St. Andrews itself. The old south’s cultural code, sustainable only through a great deal of wealth, is high church all the way, and those unfamiliar with the ropes …

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The Masters at Augusta – Beautiful and Deadly

The Masters at Augusta

Winning the at Augusta Takes Greatness, All Crammed into One Week So much thought has gone into the Masters since I saw my first one somewhere in the 1950s. Yes, the course at Augusta is exquisitely beautiful, making it a star attraction, but there’s more to it than that.  Among the winners, usually men of …

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Which is the Great Generation?

Great Generation?

Generational Competition is Nonsense, But I’ll Weigh in on the Great Ones I have always been offended, if sometimes only slightly, by generational comparisons of men’s golf.  Women are more inclined to revere their former greats. At other times, I am more than a little offended. It is as though a casual observer of one …

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When A Champion Wears Out

Is There a Way Back for a Rehabilitated Champion? As millions of other people have over the last two weeks, I was glued to the television this evening, in special anticipation of the Combined Downhill women’s skiing event. Yes, Lindsey Vonn was at the top, needing only a stable slalom run to grab her final …

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Daly, Willet – How Things Change

Daly

Daly and Willett – How the Mighty Have Fallen, and the Fallen are Again Mighty I’ve followed John Daly for so long that I’m surprised that either one of us is still around.  It’s been wild, colorful, outrageous, absurd, incredible, and entirely unpredictable. And through all of it, something in me has always sort of …

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