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Golf Magazine February 2020

Golf Magazine is the number one source for golf instruction, equipment and travel, including: exclusive instruction from our Top 100 Teachers in America, introspective interviews with the game’s rising stars and old masters, and short-game tips from guru David Pelz. Plus, you’ll get the latest in gear, including ClubTest equipment reviews, and private lessons, tips personalized for your game.

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2 min.
living legend

AS LUCKY AS I CONSIDER MYSELF to have lived through the Tiger Era, I regret missing Jack Nicklaus in his prime. I certainly recall him battling Isao Aoki at the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol, lapping the field a few months later at Oak Hill to grab the PGA Championship and defying the odds in ’86 at Augusta National. But the way Nicklaus overpowered fields in the ’60s and achieved total game mastery in the ’70s, I would like to have seen that. Honestly, just to experience the 1-irons he hit (at Baltusrol in 1967, Pebble Beach in 1972, at the 15th hole on Masters Sunday in ’75) would have sufficed. (“Oh, I’ve hit shots, sure,” Nicklaus was quoted at December’s PNC Father/Son Challenge. “Most of them have been 1-irons.”)…

2 min.
for the love of rankings

I was thrilled to see the new Top 100 Courses in the World list (Dec. 2019 – Jan. 2020 issue). While I don’t necessarily agree with the order of the rank, I love GOLF’s rating process. Evaluating a course should never come down to a composition of numerical values. I’ve always used the approach of “I know it when I see it,” which seems to mimic the way GOLF executes its rank. Evaluating one’s top 3 or top 10 courses is easier to define than splitting hairs between, say, No. 76 and No. 77, which I suspect is how your competitors do it. —Adam Joyce, via e-mail Ecologically Speaking… All of us at Audubon International were pleased to see that 16 of our Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) courses made GOLF’s…

1 min.
spotlight

“I wore a yellow shirt on Sunday at the ’86 Masters, and I knew Craig would be looking down. It was magical for me.”—JACK NICKLAUS Play yellow. Before Tiger’s Sunday red-and-black ensembles, there was Jack Nicklaus in yellow—shirts, sweaters, you name it. The tradition began as a tribute to Craig Smith, a fan who died of cancer at age 13 in 1971. (“Play Yellow” remains the mantra of Nicklaus’ goal to raise $100 million for the Children’s Miracle Network.) When Nicklaus triumphed at the 1986 Masters, he was wearing “Craig’s shirt.” For a modern twist on the classic look, check out the Bobby Jones brand’s solid quarter-zip lined wind sweater ($195). The light yet warm merino wool is comfy and universally flattering. You may not be able to play like Nicklaus, but…

4 min.
bagging it

IN 1976, A MOST UNUSUAL duo arrived on the PGA Tour. Bill Mallon had studied physics and math at Duke, along the way winning a couple of collegiate tournaments. As a rookie his idea of a good time was haunting used bookstores, looking for rare finds about the history of the Olympic Games. His caddie Chris Greeley grew up as the son of a cop in a working-class neighborhood in Boston, but his hockey skills earned him a scholarship to a tony prep school. On the weekends he often looped for his classmates at Belmont Country Club. Chris had been recommended to Bill when the 1973 Massachusetts Open was played at Belmont; they won it and stayed in touch afterward. In the Tour caddie yards, Chris was the only looper reading books…

1 min.
on the number

1.22 The dollar figure (in millions) of the winning bid for Jack Nicklaus’ iconic 1967 18-karat yellow-gold Rolex Day-Date Reference 1803 wristwatch. It was auctioned on December 10, 2019, to benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation. Average performance by international and developmental tours in True Strokes Gained as measured against the PGA Tour in 2019: 3.47 Expected wins for Jon Rahm from January to September 2020, according to the stat mavens at Data Golf. That’s more than Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson. 3 The number of Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 3-woods Henrik Stenson used in competition from 2011 to 2019, prior to retiring the club in favor of the Epic Flash Sub Zero. 6 Joaquin Niemann’s age in 2005, the last time the International team led following a Presidents Cup session.* (Niemann is 21.) *Prior to 2019.…

3 min.
adam scott

WHO DOESN’T LIKE ADAM SCOTT’S SWING? It’s a technical marvel that utilizes ground forces to the max (hence his near-300-yard driving average at age 39) and great synchronization. It’s dripping with rhythm and tempo—some of the best you’ll ever see. It’s pleasing to the eye and biomechanically efficient. No wonder pundits and fans alike cite it as the most enviable motion in the game today. Are there flaws? Sure—every player fights his or her own perceived deficiencies, but with Scott, they’re minor. What’s truly amazing is how well Scott’s swing has held up over time—it’s basically the same shape and only slightly faster than when he hit the pro ranks some 20 years ago. Scott’s coach, Brad Malone, used to teach with me, before he started working with Scott. Even then,…