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At Home in St Andrews

In 1983, George Peper hit a prodigious slice off the 18th tee of the Old Course at St. Andrews, onto the street that borders the hole. He never found the ball, but he discovered a home, buying a flat on the street after spotting a “For Sale” sign during his search. For 20 years, the Pepers were absentee owners, visiting intermittently during the summer and renting it out to University of St. Andrews students the rest of the year. READ MORE

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Letter from St. Andrews: Breakfast at Augusta

My own record of perfect attendance began in 1976. The last time I missed a Masters, Gerald Ford was president and Tiger Woods was an embryo. But this year, not only will I not be in Augusta, I won’t be anywhere near Augusta. I’ll be here in the Auld Grey Toon, and that makes my condition all the more gruesome.

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Miss America

"Dont you miss the U.S.?

Its a question I get asked frequently, and the answer is always no. Although my...

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Letter from St. Andrews: Shinnecockemamie

Appeared in May/June 2004 LINKS

It’s a cold, grey day in the old grey town, so my thoughts stray happily across the Pond toward posh, breezy Southampton, N.Y., to the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club...

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Letter from St. Andrews: Trash & Treasures

Appeared in May/June 2003 LINKS

You’ll have to forgive me.  I couldn’t find the time to write a column this month—too busy stepping over boxes and making lists.

In a couple of months, my wife and...

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Golf, money, how much golfers make

In 1988 Curtis Strange became the first player to amass $1 million or more in a single season, while Jack Nicklaus topped the career money list by passing the $5 million mark. I could never...

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Ben Crenshaw 1995 Master's Tournament Harvey Penick

In 54 years covering the game, I only once felt that a  greater power had presided over a major championship to ensure just the right ending, in which the forces for good emerged triumphant.

You...

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Golf Golf Channel Television Coverage Tiger Woods

I count it as one of the greatest privileges of my life that I have and will be able to watch and wonder at the sheer, blinding brilliance of Tiger Woods without having to fight...

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Aussie Cool

When the professional golf tours were still to many just a game rather than big business—this was less than 30 years ago—two Aussie mates of mine, Jack Newton and Bob Shearer, were about as...

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Feeling Chipper

Christmas came early for me this year—on August 27, to be exact. Who would have thought an aging hacker, ailing with pneumonia and consigned to playing “game improvement” clubs, was capable of championship golf and...

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