When Arnold Palmer drove up Magnolia Lane on the eve of the 1962 Masters, he was in a confident mood. He'd already won it twice, as well as the U.S. and British Opens, but this was to be his "Annus Mirabilis" -- the year he cemented his reputation as a global sporting superstar.
In early September the beautifully comported U.S. Walker Cup team went to Ireland and defeated a team of fellow amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland, 12 1/2 to 11 1/2. A week later the American women went to Sweden to play a European squad for the Solheim Cup and came back victorious, 16-12. Then in late September the American men, led by Tiger Woods and loosely managed by Captain Jack (Nicklaus), went to Canada for the Presidents Cup and won handily over Gary Player's International team, 19 1/2 to 14 1/2. The last time U.S. golfers had such a trifecta? Never.
MARKETS: So is a semblance of normalcy returning? Maybe. But really Market Shock 2007 will be with us for a while. Smoldering on. Worse in some businesses like credit derivatives, subprime mortgages. I forget who it was...maybe my former boss and wise man Norm Pearlstine (great to see you the other day Norm!)....who said this whole deal is going to be somewhat like the S&L crisis of the 1980s in terms of size and scope. In other words, bad for a lot of folks, not a killer though. The one difference is that I wouldn't look for any sort of bailout - though Bill Gross of PIMCO (for more on that institution, see below) thinks the government should bail out homeowners. To that I say....maybe. Certainly the Feds should not ride in to save the hedge funds, or even Countrywide (a question which our old friend Deep Blue was pondering the other day.).....So it's quiet today in NYC on Friday, the second day of Rosh Hashanah.....The big action of course will be on Tuesday when we find out if the
AKRON, Ohio -- The Presidents Cup logo hasn't appeared on the side of a milk carton yet under the headline, "Missing!" But it's close. In what constitutes a great piece of trivia, the Presidents Cup is going to be held -- shhhh! -- next month in Montreal.
AUGUSTA, Ga., April 8 -- How can it be? How can it be that a bunch of world-class talents -- Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Chad Campbell, Robert Allenby and Steve Stricker, among others -- didn't make the cut at the Masters this year, but a foursome of graybeard former champions did?
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Arnold Palmer stepped up to a first teebox that used to be the practice green Thursday and kicked off the Masters with a tee shot that looks nothing like what he used to hit when he ruled the course.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Fred Couples bent backward on the 13th fairway, looking as if he might start doing some yoga right there in Amen Corner. There was a little twist to the left, a little twist to the right.
On Sunday, the day Morgan Pressel won in the California desert and Adam Scott won in Houston, Tiger Woods played a leisurely nine holes at Augusta National. He had no playing partners, and almost nobody was watching. Steve Williams carried the bag, and Hank Haney, Tiger's swing coach, carried an umbrella he did not need. When Woods came off the 9th green, there was a column of sweat between the shoulder blades of his shirt, and his shoes were speckled with green dust, spring pollen off thedogwoods. It was only Sunday, the Sunday before Masters Sunday, and the course was already hard and dry-just the way the Augusta bosses want it.
Augusta, Ga., April 2 -- The 2007 Masters marks Gary Player's 50th time competing here, and even with the last half century's remarkable changes in the game, Player said he thinks we've only seen the beginning.
1. Calc Belly jigglin', unshaven, a gameface that doubles as a smirk, you gotta love Mark Calcavecchia. His hard-fought win at something called the PODS Championship was another chance to appreciate one of the most underrated players of his generation.
My Friday 7:10 a.m. tee time -- first group, first round -- was fast approaching, and there was no daylight in the sky, and now in the clubhouse dining room Fuzzy Zoeller was asking if he could join me for breakfast. Zoeller, winner of the 1979 Masters and the '84 U.S. Open, a man who makes everything look easy, asking me, your garden-variety duffer with a golfing nervous disorder, if he could sit down with me.
Tom Watson and Bill Murray each broke through at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at the TPC Tampa Bay, but it was a case of something old and something new. Murray, playing with his regular straight man, Scott Simpson, tried the latter. He charged $50 a pop to professional autograph collectors seeking his signature on Caddyshack glossies and posters. At the awards ceremony he turned over his wad -- $900 -- to Jan Horn, the founder of the Clearwater charity Blooming Place for Kids. It was the first time Murray and Simpson had won a pro-am together after dozens of tries. The 57-year-old Watson, invigorated by his fine play at Pebble Beach the week before (19th overall, second in the pro-am), looked like his former self, carving shots in a Tampa wind that at times was arctic to get his first win in Florida in 94 pro starts in the state. Jay Haas, who is 0 for 105 in Florida, finished second. No word on whether Haas will sell autographs the next time he plays there.... Watson will skip this year's British Open