Tag: Masters

A Late Career Reminder from Ben Hogan

Hogan and 9-hole Time Machine Excites at ’67 Masters Only a week after emphasizing a point that Mickelson, Woods, and other older players will soon be eclipsed by a spectacular young generation, I find myself apologizing, even if it is true. There is, as a rule, a counterbalancing point to such all-or-nothing statements, and I …

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Rory is “Extraordinary”

Rory McIlroy Playing More in West, Giving Up European Card Rory McIlroy is getting really tired of being told how to run his life, at least his career. The masses always have the standard formula in mind, prepared to assist you at any time in what your most practical path may be. This week, even …

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Herman Keiser and the ’46 Masters

Herman Keiser

Little Known Herman Keiser Wins 1946 Masters Digging around in the lesser known byways of golf history can be a lot of fun, as one runs into a lot of new names, places, and events. We realize at those times how detailed the game’s history is, despite the fact that we thought we knew a …

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Immelman Bowing Out – Gracefully

Trevor Immelman

Trevor Immelman Takes Up Broadcasting 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 …

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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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