Martin Kaymar Has the Best Golf Swing on the Planet

There are a lot of really good golf swings on the PGA Tour nowadays. Some of it is because golf swing instruction has improved through the years. Adam Scott sure has a good swing. Tiger Woods used to have a great swing, but I think he's lost it somewhat. But I think Martin Kaymar probably swings the club the best of any PGA Tour players now. He sure proved it last week, leading all the way from start to finish at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina. What a start: 65 and then another 65, and in the … [Read more...]

Masters Week with No Tiger

It's Masters Week, and the Tiger won't be on the prowl. Still the #1 golfer in the world, Tiger Woods had microdiscectomy surgery in his lower back on March 31st this year. He's having to be immobilized for two weeks. Recovery from this type off surgery is 3 to 6 months. I don't think Tiger will be playing in the U.S. Open, which is in June. He shouldn't push it. Take it easy. Dr. Robert Watkins performed the surgery. For the past 25-30 years, Watkins has been generally regarded as the best … [Read more...]

Jack Fleck Died. May He Rest in Peace.

Jack Fleck--"the man who beat Hogan"--died last Friday. He was 92 years old. Jack Fleck was most known for defeating the indomitable Ben Hogan in a two-man, 18-hole playoff in the 1955 U.S. Open Golf Championship at the storied Olympic Golf Club in San Francisco. I was thirteen years old at the time, and I remember attentively listening to a radio broadcast of the playoff. What made this upset so historic was that Ben Hogan was going for an unprecedented fifth U.S. Open title. Many pros on … [Read more...]

Ken Venturi Dies at Age 82

PGA Tour professional golfer Ken Venturi died Friday, May 17, 2013, in a hospital in Rancho Mirage, California. He was 82 years old. Ken had been suffering with various health problems in recent years. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame only days earlier, though he could not attend. Ken Venturi was one the greatest professional golfers during his days on the American PGA Tour. Six feet tall, slender, handsome, and affable, Venturi had one of the best golf swings I have ever … [Read more...]

The Beloved Champagne Tony Lema

The worst tragedy to strike the PGA Tour during the fifty years between the 1949 Ben Hogan bus crash and the 1999 fatal Payne Stewart airplane tragedy was the 1966 fatal plane crash involving Tony Lema and his wife Betty. Tony had just finished his last round in the PGA Championship at Akron, Ohio. He and Betty were flying in a chartered, small, single-engine airplane to Chicago’s O’Hare airport when the pilot either encountered engine trouble or ran out of fuel.  He tried to ditch the … [Read more...]


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