Who Hits the Ball: You or God?

People are often perplexed or amused when I tell them that during my professional golf career, the most asked question in the PGA Tour Bible Study was always, “Who hits the ball: me or God?”Presbyterians would answer confidently, “God hits the ball.”Methodists would answer triumphantly, “You hit the ball.”Anglicans-Episcopalians would answer ecumenically, "Both hit the ball."Baptists would answer exhortingly, “You guys are so heavenly-minded you’re no earthly good. Fuhgeddaboutit! … [Read more...]

Zach Johnson Wins the 2015 British Open

Congratulations Zach Johnson. He won the British Open yesterday in a four-hole aggregate playoff against Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen at the home of golf--the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. It doesn't get any better than that for such a great finish. Thirty-nine year old Zach Johnson thus added this to his other major win--The Masters in 2007. Now Zach has won a total of 12 PGA Tour tournaments, with this British Open win included. He has certainly established himself as one of the … [Read more...]

British Open–Day 2–2015

Dustin Johnson leads the British Open after the incompleted second round of play on day 2, Friday. He and Jordan Spieth were paired together the first two rounds. Spieth is 5 under par, tied for 15th place. A rain delay earlier in the day caused play to have to suspended at darkness today. Johnson and Spieth were on the 13th hole. So, they will have to go out early tomorrow morning to finish their second round. It was the feature pairing since Spieth had won the U.S. Open weeks ago by one stroke … [Read more...]

Pro Golfers Are No Longer “Crazy” for Lifting Weights

I've lifted weights since I was eighteen years old. People in golf constantly told me, "Lifting weights is terrible for golf." Lots of pros told me that, too. Some said I was "crazy." When I was on the regular PGA Tour for eighteen years, I pumped iron when I could. I thought it helped me have a more compact golf swing and maybe gain a few yards off the tee. But I was afraid weight lifting might hurt my feel, my touch with the short game. So, I didn't lift weights for upper body strength much … [Read more...]

Jason Day’s Vertigo Last Week

Jason Day is a much-liked, dark-haired, handsome, fit PGA Tour player from Australia with a super golf swing. He has been knocking at the door repeatedly to win his first major championship. In the third round of the U.S. Open last Saturday, he was walking on a fairway and all of a sudden he fell over, hit the ground, and his head bounced on the turf. At first he lay there rather motionless and people didn’t know what was wrong.Jason was having an instant bout of Benign Positional Vertigo ( … [Read more...]

Jack Nicklaus Honored with a Congressional Gold Medal

Yesterday, the U.S. Congress honored 75-year old Jack Nicklaus by presenting him with the highest civilian award Congress can give--a Congressional Gold Medal for recognition of Jack's greatness as a professional golfer and a family man. Members of Congress who were present to conduct the ceremony included John Boehner, Ohio Republican Senator and speaker of the House of Representatives. Jack hails from Columbus, Ohio.Jack Nicklaus has been without question the greatest golfer of all time to … [Read more...]

Padraig Harrington Finally Wins

Padraig Harrington, a 43-year old Irishman and three-time major championship winner, finally won a tournament today on the PGA Tour--the Honda Classic at the PGA National Golf Club at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He had gone winless for seven years and was about a very distant 385th in the World Sony Rankings. When you experience that much of a slump, you begin to doubt yourself a lot. This win couldn't have happened to a seemingly nicer guy. But it was looking bleak for him at the end of … [Read more...]

Plumb-Bob Your Putts

Watching on television the finishing nine holes today in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Santa Monica, California, so many pros missed putts on the ocean side of the hole. I think if they would have plumb-bobbed their putts, they wouldn't have been fooled by the tilted ground on which they were golfing their ball.The picturesque Riviera County Club lies in the Santa Monica Canyon that gradually slopes straight down to the blue Pacific Ocean, only two miles away. So, the … [Read more...]


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