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Friday, April 6, 2012

I'm rooting for fellow grey-hair Fred Couples to win the Masters

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Co-leading after two rounds, Couples is the only golf elder to survive the cut, which claimed Jose Maria Olazabal, Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, Craig Stadler, and Ben Crenshaw.

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Looking for a book to give a golf-crazed friend or relative ? 

You can't go wrong with John Feinstein's A Good Walk Spoiled : Days and Nights on nthe PGA Tour, which covers the 1994 PGA Tour, from Q-school on.

Interested in the history of American Golf ?

Try James Dodson's Ben Hogan : An American Life.  Dodson's bio recreates a by-gone era, when pros eked out a living on the tour, a time before TV,  huge product endorsement deals, million-dollar purses.

Another fine choice would be the collection of Herbert Warren Wind's essays in Following Through.

My favorite is Wind's account of the epic 1964 U.S. Open, when Ken Venturi battled not only a young Arnold Palmer but also oppressive heat and humidity for the 36 holes played on the Open's final day (back then) at the Congressional.

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