April 8, 1994 |
It was the Masters all right. One guy took a 10 on a hole. Steve Elkington opened with a seven on his way to an 81. Tom Watson was leading the tournament at four under par till he came to the 15th, where he took an eight. Golfers call that a "snowman." Abominable. John Daly had a six.
October 25, 1991 |
Seve Ballesteros of Spain accused Paul Azinger of lying during a rules dispute at last month's Ryder Cup golf matches between the United States and Europe. Ballesteros, competing in the Volvo Masters at Sotogrande, Spain, said that Azinger and Chip Beck admitted changing to a ball of different compression on the seventh tee of a foursome match, in violation of the one-ball rule. "Azinger didn't cheat, but he lied," the Spaniard said.
September 29, 1991 |
When Severiano Ballesteros first showed up in England with a golf club in his hand and a tee in his mouth, the British didn't know whether to laugh or call immigration. They didn't know they were looking at the biggest threat to the Empire's national sport since the Spanish Armada. They tried to be kindly. "Look, son, there are no bulls to fight in Britain. Now, why don't you get yourself a pair of flamenco boots and a girl with a comb in her hair and get on the table and give us a dance?"
April 4, 1990 |
Three white golf balls--where there should have been only two--dotted the seventh green of Augusta National as Andy North and David Graham approached the hole during the second round of the 1980 Masters. Alongside the elevated green stood a scowling Severiano Ballesteros, who saw nothing funny when Graham said, "Are you playing through, or would you like to putt out for an eagle?" The scowl deepened when North began to laugh as he realized what had happened.
April 8, 1989 |
Augusta wind came up, so Seve Ballesteros decided to lay up short with his second shot. No way would he go for this 15th green--maybe even under normal conditions. Not from atop this hill. Not on a 500-yard hole. Not with this pond in his way, inviting him to come on in, take a dip, get his ball washed. Maybe Gene Sarazen did double-eagle this damn thing by whacking a four-wood across the water and holing it, but that was 54 years ago. Old news.
July 19, 1988 |
The 16th hole at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club, a 357-yard wonderland the way Severiano Ballesteros plays it, has 16 bunkers, a green 38 yards long and twice has made a Spanish farmer's son the British Open champion. It was on this same hole in 1979, on the same final day of the tournament, that Ballesteros hit his drive beneath a car in a nearby parking lot but birdied the hole and won his first British Open.