Mark Herrmann covered all eight modern-era major championships (seven men's, one women's) on Long Island, from the 1986 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills through the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. In his 36 years at Newsday, the island's daily newspaper, he also covered the Olympics, World Series, Super Bowl, Final Four, FBS championship, Stanley Cup, Triple Crown and U.S. Open tennis. But his primary responsibility from 2002 to 2019 was the national/local golf beat. As for his own game, he occasionally hears, "Nice swing!" but almost never sees it translate into good scores.