Unquestionably ‘the greatest’
I was vacationing in Wailea, Maui, and decided to visit the Wailea Golf Club. To my good fortune, the Champions Skins Game was being played that week.
I arrived at the course just as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Hale Irwin and Gary Player were finishing their practice round. I was able to obtain autographs of the four golfers on a scorecard along with a photo with Jack. My son, who was a junior golfer back in the mid-’90s, worked as a sign bearer at the 1995 PGA Championship held at Riviera and was the sign bearer with Jack’s group. At the end, Jack signed a golf ball and gave it to my son (“Sign of the times: Fans skew golf’s script,” Dec. 20, http://bit.ly/2kR2scM).
To me, Jack Nicklaus will always be the greatest golfer of all time.
No time to waste
The PGA of America, PGA Tour, LPGA, U.S. Golf Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the R&A should convene a working group in 2018 to fix the speed-of-play problem that golf is experiencing and what is strangling the sport.
If this could be addressed and fixed, people would return to the sport in droves, because today’s golfer does not have the time to spend playing golf on 7,800-yard golf courses with six-hour rounds.
The time is now if we are to save the sport.
(Anderson is a PGA of America member.)
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