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by Dogfish Head at 4:22 PM
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The following edited content was supplied by Golf Channel in a news release.

The PGA TOUR shifts to the Lone Star State for the Valero Texas Open, the first of two events remaining before the Masters.

The LPGA Tour stages the final event prior to its first major of the season with the Kia Classic in Southern California, as Lydia Ko leads a strong field that includes 18 of the top-20 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

Miguel Angel Jimenez will try for his third straight Champions Tour win in as many starts on U.S. soil this week, as he joins Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. And the European Tour is in Morocco, as Alejandro Canizares defends at the Trophee Hassan II.

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by Dogfish Head at 2:23 PM
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This is the first in a series on Clifford Roberts, the co-founder of Augusta National Golf Club and the chairman of the Masters Tournament from 1934 to 1976.

By John Coyne

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

FROM THE HILLSIDE AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL one looks into a natural amphitheater and across a landscape of interlacing fairways and greens, golden sand and blue-green stately pines. The old Berckman’s nursery fills smooth valleys and soft hills to the far edges of Amen Corner with a maze of color: azalea, dogwood, and redbud. In so many ways, this ancient acreage and southern plantation club house still has the look, code and culture of that antebellum times.

It is, also, a very modern golf course, as architect Robert Trent Jones defined it in The Complete Golfer. Jones wrote, "The Augusta National is the epitome of the type of...
by Dogfish Head at 12:12 PM
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"THE LPGA OUGHT TO THINK ABOUT setting up a satellite office in Seoul," wrote GolfChannel.com's Randall Mell on Sunday night. "South Koreans are looking determined to own this year in women's golf."

I hadn't thought about it, but Mell is right, serving up the plain facts a la Joe Friday: "South Koreans or South Korean-born players have won all six LPGA events staged this year."

Hyo Joo Kim​
The most recent winner was Hyo Joo Kim at the JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix. Kim fired a 67 in the final round to beat American Stacy Lewis by three shots. Kim is 19, "part of a gifted wave of young South Koreans," Mell reported.

"They're fearless," Lewis said.


As Mell wrote, Kim already has a major victory, the 2014...
by Dogfish Head at 10:53 AM
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Matt Every​
MATT EVERY LIKES BAY HILL. With a sparkling 66 including a dramatic birdie on the final green, Every clinched his second PGA Tour win and second consecutive victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He is the third repeat champion at Arnie's place.

Meanwhile, 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson groused about being put on the clock for slow play in the final round. Two 3-putt greens on the closing holes hurt the Swede, who finished second.

"I wasn't in the right frame of mind on a few of those putts, and it cost me," Stenson said.

The winner, whose middle name is "King" according to Wikipedia, struck the ball well at Bay Hill, hitting 41 fairways and 58 greens over the four days.

"I was driving it really good this week and my irons were spot on ... I kind of had a feeling," Every...
by Dogfish Head at 7:22 PM
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THAT'S ME AT FAR RIGHT with fellow sports authors Fred Bowen and Ran Henry at the Virginia Festival of the Book. Our Thursday panel was entitled "Wide World of Sports: Fact, Fiction and Poetry." Phil Raisor was also on the panel.

Thanks to moderator Peter Hedlund and all those who attended.

Source: Good Times in Charlottesville
by Dogfish Head at 7:43 AM
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By Charles Prokop

Copyright © Charles Prokop. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

I RECENTLY FINISHED READING The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. The book is about a guy on a walking mission in England, nothing about golf, but I was struck by a line near the end.

"If we can’t be open, Maureen thought, if we can’t accept what we don’t know, there really is no hope."

Maureen is Harold Fry’s wife. It struck me that Maureen’s attitude applies to many aspects of life, golf included.

I know that my life as it is now has little in common with the life I thought I was preparing myself for in graduate school, or even for most of my career. If I had spent all my time trying to force things into that planned mold, I don’t think I’d be nearly as happy as I am now. I might even be dead. When I gave up and accepted where things were going even though I...
by Dogfish Head at 9:13 AM
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I WILL BE AT THE VIRGINIA Festival of the Book on Thursday, March 19 (tomorrow), in Charlottesville. I will be on a panel with three other sports authors, talking about my most recent book, DRAW IN THE DUNES: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World.

I attended last year and spoke about my first book, THE LONGEST SHOT: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf's Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open. I had a great time.

I've finalized my reading selection. I'm going to read a short section that illustrates how team members feel about playing in the Ryder Cup, especially at the opening ceremony and right before they tee off. It will include an anecdote about foursomes partners Raymond Floyd and Miller Barber, and how Barber, who was supposed to hit first (the opening shot of the 1969 Ryder Cup), couldn't do it. (Portions...
by Dogfish Head at 9:24 AM
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By John Coyne

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

IN 1938, CENTURY COUNTRY CLUB of Westchester County, then one of the prominent Jewish country clubs in the county, went searching for a professional golfer to work as the teaching assistant to Dan Mackie, the club’s home pro.

Ben Hogan practicing at
Century Country Club.
(Image: Jules Alexander
via John Coyne)​
Someone mentioned Ben Hogan, who was playing on the fledgling PGA tour, as a possibility. Hogan was playing in California and it was decided to check out Hogan through Frederick Hellman, brother of former member Marco “Mickey” Hellman, of the Wells Fargo Bank.

In February 1938, Ted Low wrote Hellman thanking him for his help, and saying, “I received your...
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