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Oct
24
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Laura Davies, David Graham, Mark O’Meara and A.W. Tillinghast will be enshrined into the World Golf Hall of Fame as the Class of 2015. Following is a profile of Tillinghast.

By World Golf Hall of Fame Communications



Mark O'Meara​
Golf fans will remember 1998 as the year Mark O’Meara established himself as one of the game’s greats, when he captured both the Masters and Open Championship. That season, when he birdied the final two holes at Augusta National to defeat Fred Couples and David Duval by one shot, then...
Oct
24
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Ted Bishop​
IT SEEMS TO HAPPEN DAILY. A tweet or a Facebook post or other social media message enters the digital world and wreaks unnecessary havoc.

Yesterday's social media fail was authored by PGA of America President Ted Bishop. Bishop, who was spending time with golf great and former European Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo, took exception to comments written about Faldo in Ian Poulter's new book, NO LIMITS.

Bishop tweeted to Poulter: "Faldo's record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl."

Then the PGA leader took to Facebook:
"Used to be athletes who had lesser records or accomplishment in a sport never criticized the icons. Tom Watson (8 majors and 10-3-1 Ryder Cup record) and Nick Faldo (6 majors and all-time Ryder Cup points leader) get bashed by Ian Poulter. Really?...​
Oct
23
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Shawn Stefani​
AT LAST WEEK'S FRYS.COM OPEN, Shawn Stefani hit a 401-yard drive on a 410-yard hole. There was a caveat: Stefani's smash was a cart-path-aided drive.

"There's no way I could have hit one of those without the help of concrete," Stefani told PGATour.com.


Another thing: "I made par," Stefani commented. "So it is what it is."


These guys who are good are also long off the tee. How long? The tour published the following chart showing drives of 400-plus yards in recent seasons.


SeasonDrives of 400+LeaderEventDistance
2013-14
1Bubba...
Oct
23
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The following edited content was supplied by Golf Channel in a news release.

Chris Kirk will try to defend his 2013 title in his home state this week at the McGladrey Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga., with Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and Webb Simpson also headlining the field.

The Champions Tour is in San Antonio for the AT&T Championship, which is the final opportunity for players to try to position themselves inside the top-30 of the season-long Schwab Cup points race, which would qualify them for next week’s season-culminating Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Arizona.
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Oct
22
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Fred Hawkins often practiced with the most feared player on the circuit—Ben Hogan. “I played a number of practice rounds with [Hogan],” Hawkins told me. “[H]e’d always ask me to come down to Fort Worth a couple of days early so he’d get a little competition [and] practice that way.” In the continuation of this series, you'll learn about Hawkins and his Hogan stories.


Fred Hawkins in 1959.​
I MET FRED HAWKINS IN 2007 on the Champions Tour, where he and 15 or so other legends played in pro-am and other events. Hawkins played on the PGA Tour from 1947 to 1965. He won once, the Oklahoma City Open, and had 19 runner-up finishes. One of them was a second-place tie with Doug Ford in the 1958 Masters won by Arnold Palmer, the first of Palmer’s four green jackets. Hawkins finished fourth on the 1956 money list (earning about $25,000)...
Oct
21
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An early 20th century brochure featuring Tillinghast golf courses.​
Laura Davies, David Graham, Mark O’Meara and A.W. Tillinghast will be enshrined into the World Golf Hall of Fame as the Class of 2015. Following is a profile of Tillinghast.

By World Golf Hall of Fame Communications


Born in 1874, Albert Warren (A.W.) Tillinghast took golf lessons from Old Tom Morris, was an admirer of St Andrews, and used that knowledge to become a true pioneer of American golf. He was a prolific architect, with more than 100 U.S. courses to his credit. He was also an original member of the PGA of America and authored a slew of...
Oct
21
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IN "BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE Sundance Kid," Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford) kept saying, "Who are those guys?" That line reminds me of the PGA Tour, those homogeneous players in the pack who have never won or maybe even had a sniff of a top 10 finish. But new accomplished players do emerge, don't they? When I looked at my "Who Are Those Guys?" series from a few years back I saw (among others) these names: Gary Woodland, Keegan Bradley and Jonas Blixt.

Golf Digest has published its 11 top sleepers to watch on the PGA Tour during the 2014-15 season. What is Golf Digest's definition of a sleeper? The magazine said: "We define a sleeper as a player who has never won on the PGA Tour or qualified for the Tour Championship."

The names on its sleepers list are Justin Thomas, Carlos Ortiz, Brian Stuard, Daniel Summerhays, William McGirt, Brook Koepka, Tony Finau, Zachary Blair, Hudson Swafford, Russell Knox and Alan Hadwin....
Oct
20
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FOLLOWING ARE MORE REVIEWS of my new Ryder Cup book, DRAW IN THE DUNES: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World. The book, which includes a foreword by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, is in bookstores and also available online at the usual places in hardcover and ebook editions.

YAHOO! Sports (Devil Ball Golf) by Jay Busbee (October 17):
"'Draw in the Dunes,' a new book from Neil Sagebiel, tells the story of an astonishing act of sportsmanship at the Ryder Cup, and does so in compelling fashion....Sagebiel had to work without the benefit of complete telecasts in setting his stage, and he does so magnificently, from the varying personalities to the varying locales charted in the story. He draws on the recollections of the participants, and even got Nicklaus and Jacklin to write a foreword for the book. Simply put,...
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