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Gutsy Recovery

What do we make of the hole-in-one: the proper outcome of a perfectly executed shot—or an outrageous fluke? My lifetime total of two aces in nearly 63 years of playing golf could make a strong...

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Southern Fried Seve

All my years of covering tournament golf, I never heard galleries react with quite the same passion as those at the Masters. From my perch behind the 15th green it was possible to distinguish the...

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Uneasy Ryder

A lot of golfers probably imagine that poor behavior at the Ryder Cup originated at The Country Club in 1999, when the infamous rush of Americans onto the 17th green followed Justin Leonard’s miraculous birdie...

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Buttered and Bunkered

Of all the great golfers I have seen in more than half a century of covering the game, I believe the best never to win a major was the majestic Irishman Christy O’Connor Sr. A...

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Oddly Matched

"British Captain Summoned before PGA Executive Committee, Fired for Lack of  Effort in First-year Ryder Cup Debacle.” So screamed the fictitious tabloid headline I concocted at the conclusion of the 1976 “Real Ryder Cup Matches.”...

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Slithery Slope

If all my memories from broadcasting the Masters at the 15th hole of Augusta National, some of the fondest originated, oddly enough, during bathroom breaks. Invariably, whenever I shimmied down the ladder of the TV...

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Frankly Speaking

My debut with the CBS golf team came at the 1972 U.S. Professional Match Play Championship. Despite the torrid August conditions at the Country Club of North Carolina that year, my reception was a frosty...

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Cart Blanch

The most regrettable day of my life in golf was the one I was first forced to use a cart. Until my inaugural trip to America in the mid-1960s, I had never even seen a...

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Cliffs Valley Days

I had played the course once, and while I found the views absolutely magnificent, I told Jim the layout was much too tough for me. I added that, since I was on the back nine...

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Miller Time

As the golf correspondent for England's Financial Times from 1963 to 1989, I was lucky to witness some of the best final rounds in U.S. Open history,...

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