FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Legendary golf writer Dan Jenkins was honored Wednesday afternoon for covering his 200th major championship. Those in attendance were given a Dan Jenkins bobblehead doll and an autographed copy of his latest book, “Jenkins at the Majors: Sixty Years of the World’s Best Golf Writing, from Hogan to Tiger.”
Jenkins, 79, who got his start covering golf for Texas newspapers before moving on to Sports Illustrated and then Golf Digest for the past 25 years estimates that he’s been to 59 consecutive Masters, 57 U.S. Opens, 44 PGA Championships and 40 British Opens. He is at the U.S. Open this year for Golf Digest doing, among other things, posting witty nuggets on Twitter.
“If anybody has any questions, I’ll be happy to evade them,” he said to open his ceremony. Then he followed with stories that ranged from Ben Hogan to Jack Nicklaus to Arnold Palmer. Jenkins estimated that he played between 30-40 rounds of golf with Hogan and that he beat him once, with a partner who made every putt he looked at.
“I should have framed that check (for $5), but I spent it on a date,” he said.
After the festivities it was back to business as usual. Moments later Jenkins thanked those at his gathering with a simple post on Twitter.
“Thanks all for that deal to celebrate the 200th major with the book signing and bobbleheads. Onward.”