Herbert Warren Wind Dead at 88

By Associated PressJune 1, 2005, 4:00 pm
Herbert Warren Wind, the writer who coined the term Amen Corner at Augusta National, died Monday. He was 88.
Wind died of pneumonia at a nursing facility in Bedford, Mass., said his nephew, writer Bill Scheft.
Wind, a master of exquisite golf prose for more than four decades, was renowned for his lengthy profiles'he wrote longhand and in pencil'during two stints with The New Yorker (1948-53, 1960-90) and for Sports Illustrated (1954-60).
He was a great historian of the game and a terrific writer, Jack Nicklaus said Tuesday, moments after finishing a practice round at his Memorial Tournament. You look back on how golf has been written over the years and there have been three or four guys who really stood above the rest. He was certainly one of them.
The Masters was an annual stop for Wind, who traveled the world profiling the legendary players and moments in the sport. While working for Sports Illustrated in 1958, he dubbed the 11th, 12th and 13th holes at Augusta National as Amen Corner.
Herbert Warren Wind was one of the greatest golf writers that ever lived, Masters chairman Hootie Johnson said. For many years, he wrote wonderful stories about the Masters and the players that competed in the tournament.
He was on a first-name basis with the legends of the game: Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Nicklaus and Ben Hogan.
Wind considered Hogan the best player ever, and teamed with him to write the still-popular instruction book Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.
The writer also thought the duel between Nicklaus and Tom Watson in the 1977 British Open at Turnberry was the most stirring tournament he ever witnessed.
Wind wrote with a fluid, graceful style'and he seldom wrote anything that wasnt several thousand words long.
I needed 5,000 words to clear my throat, he once joked.
His copy set him apart from others, as did his appearance.
We walked a lot of golf courses together, said Kaye Kessler, a fellow golf writer. He always had his walking stick, always wore a tie, and always had on a tweed jacket'even in the hottest months of the year when he was at the U.S. Open. He never went anywhere without that walking stick.
The second of six children born to a tanner in Brockton, Wind graduated from Yale and received his masters degree from Cambridge. He had played golf as a youngster at Thorny Lea Golf Course in his hometown, but fell in love with the game during his time in England.
In addition to his writing, he also spent two years as an associate producer of Shells Wonderful World of Golf.
A fine player himself, he competed in the 1950 British Amateur.
During his years at The New Yorker, he also profiled architects, politicians, writers and social figures.
Among the many young writers he encouraged was his nephew.
Scheft, former head monologue writer for Late Show with David Letterman, now has his own comedy column in Sports Illustrated.
He was a great writer and an even better man, Scheft said. He was the biggest, biggest influence in my professional career. He showed me the possibility of a writers life.
Wind never married, spending his time writing, painting and traveling when he wasnt going around the globe to cover golf.
He was very much the intellectual, Nicklaus said. Herb was a great guy. I liked him a lot. Its a great loss.
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Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

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Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.

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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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