The PGA TOUR Winner Yesterday: The Bear Trap

A bunch of PGA TOUR pros got caught in "the bear trap" yesterday. It was the final round of the Honda Classic on the Champions Course at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. So, the real winner was the bear trap.This golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. It's a good track, especially its last four holes: 15, 16, 17, and 18. They are called "the bear trap" because of Jack's nickname--The Golden Bear. Watching this tournament on television, the commentators kept telling … [Read more...]

Houdini Almost Won at Golf

Victor "Houdini" Dubuisson almost won the Word Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship yesterday at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona, which is near Tucson. That is, after his finals performance Sunday, this 23-year old Frenchman should add "Houdini" as his middle name. Why? He was about 3 down with five holes to play, so I turned off the TV figuring Victor's opponent--the fledgling 26-year old Australian Jason Day, who married an American, lives in the U.S., and … [Read more...]

Zach Versus Tiger

Yesterday, Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods were paired together in the last group as Zach beat Tiger in a dramatic finish to win the tournament Tiger annually hosts--the Northwestern Mutual Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California. Two years prior, they went head-to-head in that tournament and Tiger emerged the victor. This time Zach was four shots behind beginning the last nine and started stuffing irons so close to the hole that Tiger later commented, "I don't know why they … [Read more...]

Joe Dey (Part 1 of 2)

Joseph C. Dey, Jr., (1907-1991, pronounced “die”) was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Pennsylvania, Joe first worked as a sportswriter in Philadelphia. Then he served as the executive director of the USGA for the next thirty-five years, from 1934 to 1969. During that time, no one in golf had a better reputation for personal integrity and upholding the integrity of the game of golf than did Joe Dey … [Read more...]

The Short-lived Association of Professional Golfers

The PGA TOUR used to be called the Tournament Players’ Division (TPD). It was a division of the larger Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America. The PGA of America is a trade association with a membership of over 12,000 golf club professionals. So, the difference between a PGA Tour professional golfer and a PGA of America golf professional is that the Touring pro makes his living traveling about and competing regularly in golf tournaments conducted by the PGA Tour, whereas the club pro … [Read more...]

Book Review of Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force (Part 2 of 2)

“Chapter 2: First Commissioner,” is like a flashback in a movie. It takes us back to the PGA Tour’s split from the PGA of America in 1968. That was the source of the “Statement of Principles” that Deane had discovered and led to the stopping of his being fired in 1983. And to understand that crisis, we have to briefly consider how the PGA Tour came into existence and what the PGA of America had to do with it.The PGA of America’s headquarters are located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Its web … [Read more...]

Book Review of “Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force” (Part 1 of 2)

For professional golfers who ever competed on the PGA Tour, Adam Schupak’s book Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force (2011) is a must read. Many club professionals who never played the PGA Tour will find it interesting as well, partly due to the relationship between the PGA Tour and their association, the PGA of America. I’m not going to do a full book review of it here, but will tell mostly about the two crisis the Tour had, one being during Beman’s twenty-year career as commissioner of the PGA Tou … [Read more...]

Billy Casper (Part 2)

The media eventually gave Billy Casper the nickname “Buffalo Bill.” It happened because he had allergies, and an allergy specialist put him on a restricted, unorthodox diet that included buffalo meat. In fact, even now Casper's website has an image of a buffalo that serves as the logo for his Billy Casper Golf company. It is a business of golf course design, but mostly managing about 140 golf course facilities in 28 U.S. states.Like his putting stroke, another thing that is unorthodox about B … [Read more...]