April 6, 1994 |
Mac O'Grady, golf's abstract philosopher, grabbed some attention this week when he suggested that many of the top players were using beta-blockers to help with their putting. "Of the 30 top players worldwide, I would be surprised if less than seven (are using beta-blockers)," O'Grady told the Augusta Chronicle. Beta-blockers, available only through prescription, are given to people with high-blood pressure or anxiety. It also is used to treat some heart problems by slowing the heart rate.
August 5, 1989 |
Mac O'Grady and the father of a caddy had to be pulled apart by security guards after fighting Friday during the Federal Express St. Jude golf tournament, PGA Tour officials said. No one was hurt, and neither side is pressing charges, but the PGA is investigating. O'Grady will no longer be playing in the tournament because he missed the cut. PGA Tournament Director Mike Shea said the altercation occurred near the 18th green when Tommy Stickney Sr.
January 13, 1988 |
They called a press conference for golfer Mac O'Grady Tuesday afternoon at La Costa Country Club and it almost turned into a seance. "At times you feel like you are on the Apollo spacecraft sitting in the Saturn 5 rocket with 5 million pounds of liquid nitrogen in your stomach," O'Grady said, among other things.
August 12, 1989
Forget Mike Tyson fighting George Foreman, Frank Bruno or any of the rest of the weak heavyweights. What we need is a bout with a legitimate contender, Mac O'Grady. CHUCK HILL Sherman Oaks
January 29, 1989 |
Exit Mac O'Grady. Enter Henry P.P. Farnsworth. The maverick O'Grady, who achieved a certain notoriety in his celebrated feud with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman, says he's on his last go-round on the PGA Tour. Mac will hang it up after this season. "It's time to turn the page on this career and get on to the next frontier," O'Grady said. He didn't make a cut from June until November of last year. He hasn't made a check this year. But he'll be leaving with a bang, not the whimper.
August 10, 1989
The newly-formed World Golf Assn. is campaigning to return golf to the Olympic Games for the first time since 1904, when George Lyon of Canada won the gold medal at St. Louis. Writes David Wallechinsky in "The Complete Book of the Olympics:" "George Lyon was an eccentric athlete who did not pick up a golf club until he was 38 years old. Before that he had competed successfully in baseball, tennis and cricket. Once he even set a Canadian record in the pole vault.