SAN FRANCISCO – The highlight of the week – after, perhaps, Tiger Woods’ theatrics on the 17th and 18th holes on Saturday – was watching some of the morning singles action alongside Harding Park patriarch Sandy Tatum.
The 89-year-old almost single-handedly lifted Harding Park from clover field to championship venue and had the look of a proud father as the 12 matches marched off the first tee.
Tatum was hopeful Harding Park would remain a Tour staple, either as a semi-regular Presidents Cup home or a stroke-play event. If the muni doesn’t remain in the fold it won’t be from a lack of effort on Tatum’s part.
The former USGA president said his golf is limited to two or three rounds every few weeks because of his work with Harding Park. Well, that and, “finding an octogenarian golf game is a real challenge.”