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May 16, 2018
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Died: Doug Ford, the oldest surviving Masters champion, on Monday night of an undisclosed illness, according to the PGA Tour. He was 95. Ford won 19 times on Tour, including the 1955 PGA and the 1957 Masters. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011. In 1957, his best season on Tour, Ford earned $45,379 for a year that included three victories and 24 top-10 finishes. He played in four Ryder Cups and later competed on the fledgling Senior Tour. Ford was regarded as a key figure when the touring pros broke away from the PGA of America in 1968 to gain more control over tournaments. A noted gambler who reportedly earned more in practice rounds than he did in tournaments, Ford said in his biography for the Hall of Fame: “If you want to be a good tournament player, you’ve got to learn to handle the heat. The only way to prepare for that is to play for your own dough. You play for an amount you can barely afford to lose.”

Arrested: Krista Glover, the wife of PGA Tour player Lucas Glover, on charges of domestic violence and resisting arrest after an incident Saturday following the third round of the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The Associated Press, citing the arrest report by the St. Johns (Fla.) County Sheriff’s Office, said that Krista Glover got into a fight with her husband and mother-in-law. Lucas Glover, 38, whose three Tour victories include the 2009 U.S. Open, confirmed on his Twitter account that an altercation had occurred. Krista Glover, 36, was released Sunday from the St. Johns County Jail after posting $2,500 bail. She faces a May 31 court hearing on the two misdemeanor charges. Lucas Glover shot 6-over 78 and missed the 54-hole cut. According to the AP report, Glover told the deputy sheriff that his wife often starts arguments with him after he plays poorly.

Announced: By the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A, a Distance Insights project designed to analyze distance in golf and gather worldwide input. The news comes in the wake of the USGA and R&A’s 2017 Distance Report in March (“Distance takes leap in golf, but what’s next?” March 6). Visitusga.org/distanceinsights or randa.org/distanceinsights. Comments will be accepted through the end of the year, with a report expected in 2019.


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