Johnny Miller’s Bold Fashion Claim to Fame

The white belt is golf’s most polarizing piece of fashion. So much so that two governing rules for wearing it have developed.1. Wearing one off a golf course is strictly prohibited (OK, so I made that up, but c’mon)2. The Law of 35The second one comes from Golf Digest’s Mr. Style Marty Hackel, who always says you shouldn’t wear a white belt if you are over the age of 35 or have a waistline over 35. (Side note: This rule may have been, um, stretched to keep me within the parameters.)Why are we

LPGA Tour – For the Love of Caddieing

On the LPGA Tour, a small band of devoted loopers live a thrilling, nomadic existence requiring perseverance, imagination and supportive familiesSome are household names among golf fans. Mike (Fluff) Cowan—and his walrus mustache—comes to mind. A few struck it rich, such as Steve Williams in his 13 years with Tiger Woods, and Jim (Bones) Mackay, who has worked with Phil Mickelson since 1992. But those are the exceptions, and they work on the PGA Tour. Among caddies, they are the haves.The—For-the-Love-of-Caddieing

How far do average golfers really hit it? New distance data will surprise you.

What constitutes a long drive? For most golfers, they turn to the TV for context. Sadly, the bombs produced by Dustin Johnson and Jason Day aren’t realistic standards (even for most pros). Moreover, despite the advances in technology and fitness, 300 yards remains a desired and hallowed target, mainly for one reason: most golfers can’t come close to sniffing that distance.Conversely, we continue to hear that escalating distance is becoming a problem, to the point where the USGA is starting to

Top 10 Masters I Can Remember

There’s nothing better than settling in on Sunday afternoon and watching the back nine of The Masters.  My first memory of the Masters was 1986, and I’m so glad this was my first memory.  Funny thing, I don’t recall watching Bernhard Langer in 1985 but can remember the day vividly in 1986. So for that reason, this list is my Top 10 Masters from 1986 to 2016.  Over the last few years I’ve enjoyed The Masters but for some reason I feel it’s lacked excitement with the exception of Bubba Watson’s

Augusta National chairman Billy Payne is always the most interesting person in the room

[This story originally appeared in Sports Illustrated Golf+ in April 2016.]Some months ago my boss (or one of them) assigned me an interesting story for this issue: Jeff Knox, the amateur golfer and Augusta National member who often plays as a marker on Masters weekends. He has given interviews after some of his rounds, and my best guess was that if Knox wanted to do the story — and if Billy Payne, the club’s chairman since 2006, gave his approval — it would happen. I wrote to Knox, and he

Their One Shining Moment

Golfers often saying playing in the Masters is the highlight of their careers. Particularly if they only get to do it once David Feherty likened it to “stepping into a Salvador Dali painting.”  Robert Wrenn called it “the proverbial dream come true.”“It was magical, mystical, everything you thought it would be,” Brian Bateman said.Using a more modern vernacular, Kyle Stanley simply said, “it was probably one of the most awesome things ever.”The Masters is art and music and laughter and mystique,