I plead guilty to taking for granted the simple pleasures of sticking a tee in the ground, playing a verdant course with friends old and new and experiencing the joys (and occasional frustrations) inherent to the game. Only after golf initially was shut down – and then reinstated as one of the few things we could do in relative safety – did I truly appreciate every round.
Gary has covered golf in Wisconsin since 1980 and is a multiple award winner in the GWAA writing contest. He was inducted into the WSGA Hall of Fame in 2017 and joined Wisconsin.Golf in 2018 after a distinguished career at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
With its fall tournament schedule canceled by the coronavirus pandemic and the Big East discouraging golfers at its member schools from participating as individuals in other amateur events, this could have been a forgettable semester for Marquette University’s golf team. Once the Golden Eagles got over their disappointment, however, they got to work.
Chad Bates has worked at some of the finest luxury hotels in America, in places such as New Orleans, Boston, Miami, Laguna Beach, Calif., and …
Like almost everything Dustin Johnson does, he made it look easy. But this was no walk in the park. “It was a battle all day, just an internal battle with myself,” he said. “I knew I had to play well if I wanted to win and it never got easier. I thought it would, but it never did, not from the first tee until the last putt. I felt like I was battling all day, in a good way.”
The top-ranked player in the world shot a walk-in-the-park 65 in the third round Saturday and became the first man with two scores of 65 or better in the same Masters (65-70-65). His 16-under total tied the tournament’s 54-hole record, set by Jordan Spieth in 2015.
When the second round was suspended by darkness Friday, 23 of the 43 golfers who had completed their rounds had broken par. Of the 48 still on the course, more than two dozen had a realistic chance to do so. The projected cut of even-par 144 would be the lowest ever. What on Alister MacKenzie’s green earth is going on here?
There were a million reasons nobody saw this coming. Tiger Woods has been a no-show on leaderboards in 2020. He’s been a non-factor in the han…
Over the 27 consecutive years I covered the Masters Tournament (1993-2019), I came to regard the week not as a work assignment but as a privilege afforded very few people. Nobody had to tell me I was lucky, though plenty did. I'll take so many experiences from Augusta National to my grave.
Rob O’Loughlin, an energetic ideas guy and a consummate pitchman in the world of golf, recently sold his company to four Madison-area businessmen, who plan to expand the brand and introduce other products.
Bryson DeChambeau has taken the modern bomb-and-gouge style of golf to the next level. But is his methodology a template for talented young golfers to follow? Or is he an anomaly, a one-off whose extreme approach would be ill-advised for those who strive to play professionally? We asked several talented young players and a golf instructor for their take.