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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,...
Oct
20
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Webb Simpson​
WEBB SIMPSON, WHO RECENTLY SAID the 2014 Ryder Cup was a "terrible experience," finished T4 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. With four rounds in the 60s, Simpson finished 15 under for the tournament, five shots behind Ben Martin, who collected his first win on the PGA Tour in his 58th start.

Simpson has been using a belly putter since his collegiate days at Wake Forest a decade ago, but the four-time PGA Tour winner and 2012 U.S. Open champions is mindful that change is coming in 14 months. Mandated by the USGA and The R&A, the anchored putting ban will go into effect January 1, 2016.

According to Tour Report at PGATour.com, Simpson has been experimenting with four or five short putters at home for the past two years. Simpson uses short...
Oct
17
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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 Graham.

By World Golf Hall of Fame Communications



David Graham​
Among his more than 20 victories worldwide, Graham won the 1979 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club and the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion. Graham’s final-round 67 at Merion is considered one of the best final rounds in major championship history; it even merited a post-round phone call from Ben Hogan.

While Graham’s two biggest wins were on U.S. soil, the Australian is truly an international competitor, joining Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer and Gary Player as the only players to win events on six different continents. He represented Australia in three Dunhill Cups and two World Cups,...
Oct
17
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IF YOU'RE A GOLF HISTORY NERD (or not), you might love this 14-minute video that features Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino in their prime playing a 36-hole final in the 1970 World Match Play Championship at Wentworth Club outside of London. Both men are 30. Nicklaus has slimmed down after the 1969 season, his hair is longer and check out those sideburns!

I watched the entire video last night, which is essentially the highlights of the final match. It's a great look at the two legends' golf swings, short games and putting. The video also features a youthful Ben Wright, who went on to become a longtime golf announcer on CBS in America.

This year is the 50th anniversary of of the World Match Play Championship (now sponsored by Volvo), currently being played at London Golf Club and concluding on Sunday. Beginning in 1964, Arnold Palmer (two) and Gary Player (three) won the first five match play championships. Player won two more in 1971 and 1973. No doubt, the South African was one of the...
Oct
16
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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 Davies.

By World Golf Hall of Fame Communications


Laura Davies​
With more than 70 victories worldwide and four LPGA majors, Laura Davies is considered by many to be the most successful female British player of all time. After an accomplished amateur career, Davies made it clear she would be a force when she won both the Rookie of the Year and the Order of Merit on the Ladies European Tour in 1985.

In 1987, while still only a 23-year-old member of the LET, Davies outdueled future Hall of Fame members Ayako...
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