Tommy Bolt Elected into Hall of Fame
He joins Jackie Burke, Jr., in 2000 as players elected through that process.
Its unbelievable. Im so delighted. Its pretty hard to explain (my feelings), believe me, said the 86-year-old.
Bolt will join Ben Crenshaw, elected on the 2002 PGA Tour ballot, Tony Jacklin, elected on the 2002 International ballot, Bernhard Langer, elected on the 2001 International ballot, and Marlene Haggee, selected in the LPGA Veterans Category, for the Nov. 15 induction ceremony at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
Beyond his direct competitive record, theres two other things that stand out, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said of Bolt. One is, he is clearly recognized as one of the greatest personalities to have played the gameBut also, his very direct contribution to the start of the Senior Tour, with his playing in the very beginning of the Liberty Mutual of Legends and lending his unique character to the Senior Tour in its early years.
The Veterans committee selects players whose performances and contributions to the game took place primarily before the 1960s.
Bolt won 15 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1958 U.S. Open at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla. However, he was most known for his temper. He was dubbed Terrible Tommy.
I threw a couple of clubs, Im human just like the other guys, Bolt said in a Wednesday teleconference. But I threw them at the most opportune times, it seemed like. They always had the camera on me when I threw them.
Rival Ben Hogan once said: If we could have screwed another head on his shoulders, Tommy Bolt could have been the greatest who ever played.
Though he will always be remembered for his emotional outbursts, Bolt will also be forever acknowledged as a major champion.
Its nice to be known for something other than throwing clubs, he said.
Bolt led from start to finish in the 58 Open. I birdied the first hole and looked back towards the clubhouse and said I wonder who is going to finish second, he remarked.
The answer was Gary Player, who finished four strokes back.
At Southern Hills, I was probably playing better golf than anybody in the world, at the time, Bolt said. I had complete control of my swing and my emotions.
Asked how he thought he would fare against todays competition, Bolt modestly responded: Id probably be one of the better players. I wouldnt be the best, but Id probably be one of the better players.
Bolt currently resides at the Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla. He said he plays most every day, though he takes it nine holes at a time. Playing in the afternoon reminds him of his late-round tee times when he was among the leaders in a tour event.
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JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.
With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.
Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.
The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.