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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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Frequent Flier

Appeared in the September/October 2005 LINKS

Gary Player is as much a legend for the countless miles he has traveled as for the worldwide victories he has amassed upon arrival. In 1974—arguably Gary’s greatest...

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Sneak Preview

Until Tom Watson came along, no one dominated the British Open Championship like Peter Thomson. The great Australian won four Opens in the 1950s, including three in succession (1954-56, a trifecta that went unmatched in...

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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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