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Nov
21
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(Charlie Sifford will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 24. This is from the archives.)


I knew what I was getting into when I chose golf. Hell, I knew I'd never get rich and famous. All the discrimination, the not being able to play where I deserved and wanted to play — in the end I didn't give a damn. I was made for a tough life, because I'm a tough man. And in the end I won; I got a lot of black people playing golf. That's good enough. If I had to do it over again, exactly the same way, I would.

− Charlie Sifford, Golf Digest, December 2006

A BLACK CADDIE FROM A POOR FAMILY in Charlotte, North Carolina, Charlie Sifford dared to play professional golf with white men. It was not a friendly game for Charlie. He endured open heckling, insults and who knows what...
Nov
20
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The LPGA Tour concludes its 2014 season with the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, as the top-nine players in the season-long Race to the CME Globe points standings have an opportunity to win the $1 million bonus prize at week’s end. The top-three in the standings, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko control their fate, as they are guaranteed to win the title with a victory this week.

The European Tour also wraps up its 2014 season with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. While World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has already clinched the Race to Dubai title, the top-15 in the standings at...
Nov
19
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PGA professional Lucas Cohen is passionate about teaching golf to kids.​
By John Coyne

Text and images copyright © John Coyne. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


STANDING ON A SLIGHT RISE in front of the pro shop at New York Golf Park and gazing the length of the driving range, landscaped with yardage markers and scattered golf balls, I can see a handful of thoroughbreds grazing in the bright fall sunlight.


This is Columbia County, New York, and this 10-acre golf park is wedged between farmland and apple orchards. The only sound to disturb the rural setting is the whacking of practice balls. That, plus the steady cadence of instructions from the driving range pro, Lucas Cohen, who is pacing the swing stalls, offering encouragement and advice to a dozen...
Nov
17
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Geoff Ogilvy​
LIKE HIM OR NOT, GEOFF OGILVY has often come across as thoughtful and unfiltered. In the December 2014 "My Shot," Ogilvy, tagged "The Thinker," covered a lot of ground. Following are three hand-picked excerpts.

On three-foot par putts:

STUBBORNNESS AND DETERMINATION really come into play on the three-foot putt for par. But when you face 50 of them a week in competition for six straight weeks, they begin to erode you. Over the course of a 30-year career, they beat you up. I don't take them lightly, even in practice, because I don't want to form bad habits. So I grind over every one of them. I yearn for the day when I retire and play...
Nov
14
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by Dogfish Head at 12:23 PM
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Make it a threesome. Augusta National Golf Club has admitted another female member.

Golf Digest's Sam Weinman reported:

IBM CEO Virginia (Ginni) Rometty has joined Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore as the third female member of the longtime home of the Masters, multiple sources have confirmed. Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang is also among the handful of new members at Augusta National.
Rice, the former Secretary of State, and Moore, a finance executive, were invited to be Augusta's first female members in 2012.
Weinman also reported that two Augusta members spotted the IBM CEO hitting balls on the Augusta driving...
Nov
13
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The PGA TOUR is in Mexico for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Harris English won last year’s event for his second victory of 2013.

The European Tour stages the Turkish Airlines Open this week, with only next week’s DP World Tour Championship remaining on the Tour’s 2014 schedule and season-long Race to Dubai. Jamie Donaldson, Sergio Garcia and Marcel Siem are the only three players with a slight mathematical chance of moving ahead of Rory McIlory in the Race to Dubai standings, with each needing to win both this week and next to have any chance of...
Nov
12
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Charlie Sifford​
CONGRATULATIONS TO CHARLIE SIFFORD for being named as one of the 19 people to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 24. The medal is the highest civilian honor in America. Sifford will be the third golfer to receive the award. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus are the other two.

Sifford broke the color barrier on the PGA Tour, paying a terrible price in terms of insults, threats and all manner of indignities. I've heard him talk about the difficulty of that path and the abuse he endured, and also how he felt that somehow he was the man to do it.


Sifford, 92, won twice on tour, at the 1967 Greater Hartford Open and the 1969 Los Angeles Open. He also won twice on the Champions Tour. In 2004, Sifford was the first African American inducted into the World...
Nov
11
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by Dogfish Head at 11:26 AM
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From the archives.

By John Coyne

Copyright © John Coyne. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


WORLD WAR II WAS CALLED the last “good” war and Tom Brokaw wrote of the men and women who fought in it as, “America’s greatest generation.” They came of age during the Great Depression and served their country in World War II.



PGA membership card of Lloyd Mangrum during war period.​
Many of this greatest generation were golf professionals. Herb Graffis, founder of Golfing magazine, in his history of the Professional Golf Association (PGA), writes how golf professionals served in combat during World War II, and did a hundred other volunteer jobs relating to golf to help the war effort. From the first days of World War II,...
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