Arnold Palmer: A legend worth thanking and emulating

I learned in a text from a 16-year-old golfer last night that Arnold Palmer had died yesterday at the age of 87. Then he simply wrote: Legend. While it was sad that the King had passed on, it made me feel good that a teenage golfer was aware of the importance of Arnold Palmer to golf specifically and arguably to sports generally. Palmer is the single greatest influence in the growth of golf around the world. When Palmer hit his stride as … [Read more...]

Hail the return of Tiger

It's great to see that Tiger Woods has set a date for returning to playing--Oct. 13 in the Safeway Open--although it's possible he could delay his return if he doesn't feel healthy enough. Regardless, he's coming back.   That's good for golf, and great for golf fans. Yes, he's made some whopping mistakes, but I'll let the perfect people cast the first stones. I believe many of us have forgotten he is quite possibly the best golfer … [Read more...]

Howard gets the heck out of golf hell

Note: When I originally wrote this in June for Canadian Junior Golf Association magazine, Howard was so distraught over his game, he was ready to quit golf. There are weightier issues in the world to grapple with, but if you love the game, you'll relate to this tale of misery and woe. Spoiler alert: It has a happy ending. No matter how much you love golf, you’ve also hated it. It’s hard to imagine that the game you work so hard at and … [Read more...]

Golfers accused of being selfish–of course they are

I've always loved that European golfers are for more willing to tell you what they really think than Americans even though it often gets them in hot water. In explaining earlier this week why he has withdrawn from the Olympics, Rory McIlroy said that he really wasn't that interested and that he doesn't play golf with an eye to grow the game. Of course, for that display of candor, he was been absolutely hammered, particularly for the mortal … [Read more...]

“Really?” DJ hangs tough to win his first major. Finally

Dustin Johnson’s win at the U.S. Open was one of the weirdest and gutsiest in major championship history. In 30 years of paying close attention to golf, I’ve never seen a situation where a player didn’t know if he had the lead, was one behind or two ahead for the final seven holes of a major. Ultimately, he was penalized a stroke by the USGA once he finished the round, but it was moot because he had a four-shot lead. Of course, there’s … [Read more...]