Toski still going strong at age 86

By Randall MellFebruary 6, 2013, 1:55 am

Bob Toski gave three golf lessons Tuesday in South Florida.

He put on a teaching clinic at Ocean Reef in Key Largo just last week.

He shot 73 at Broken Sound in Boca Raton from 6,400 yards the other day.

He’s preparing to shoot the pilot episode for a proposed new TV show called “A Touch of Toski,” a project he hopes will get syndicated. It isn’t just an instructional show. There will be interviews, he said, and “there will be some dancing.” Toski loves to dance.

“I figure if David Feherty can make, I can make it,” Toski said.

At 86, Toski concedes he might be slowing down a bit, but not that much. He’s still coaching PGA Tour pro Ken Duke, and he’s still dreaming big.

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The PGA Tour’s leading money winner in 1954, Toski would become even more acclaimed as a teacher. He’s excited the PGA of America is honoring his career by making him one of eight new members who will be inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame on March 12 in a ceremony in Port St. Lucie.

“I never thought I would become as good a teacher as I was a player,” Toski said. “I always said if you want to learn how to play, you play. If you want to learn how to teach, you teach. It took me about five years to learn how to teach well. The first five years I don’t think I was a very good teacher.”

Toski was one of the founders of the Golf Digest Schools and would become the first living instructor inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. At 30, Toski gave up the PGA Tour, just three seasons after he was leading money winner. He said he gave it up because he hated being away from his young wife and their new family. Lynn, his wife of 57 years, died a little more than two years ago.

“My father needs this,” Karin Toski, one of Bob and Lynn’s four children, said of his PGA Hall of Fame induction. “He’s very busy, and he’s happy again, but he needs this.”

Lynn passed after a long battle with heart problems. She so treasured the love letters Bob used to send her while on Tour that she preserved most of them in two leather-bound volumes of books of more than 100 letters.

“Sometimes, I would write her two or three letters a day when I was on Tour,” Toski said. “I go back and read them now, and I’m reminded just how crazy in love I was.

“I still miss Lynn, I still have a heavy heart.”

Toski believes his wife will be looking down at “Old Blue” - that’s what she called him - during next month’s induction ceremony.

“I think she would relish the night,” Toski said.

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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