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Golf Magazine May 2021

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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8 Issues

in this issue

2 min
made in the glade

THE ROUND TOOK TWO HOURS AND 45 MINUTES. At that point, six holes felt like the right time to call it a day. None of the members of our sixsome argued. Plus, we had already blown through the three dozen balls I had passed out to the group on the first tee. A round for the ages? In some ways, yes. Your contestants: my sons, 10 and 13, who have yet to fully embrace the game; my wife; and our two South Florida chums. By my count, this group had logged three “official” rounds in their lifetime—one, admittedly, spent passing out cosmos from a golf cart during a charity event. But Belle Glade GC, a muni set among the vast sugarcane fields and mills encircling the south shores of America’s second-largest…

3 min
worth the wait…

Thank you very much for the update on one of the greatest golfers that ever lived: Kathy Whitworth (“The Soul of Whit,” March). I looped for her at the 1975 U.S. Women’s Open at Atlantic City CC. I had just graduated high school, but because I had a few years’ experience looping at Pine Valley (yes, that Pine Valley), I had just enough caddying cred to work the Open and was magically slotted to tote Kathy’s bag. Imagine a 17-year-old kid looping for the game’s greatest female player! I have a lot of great memories from that week, watching players like Sandra Palmer, JoAnne Carner, Nancy Lopez, Judy Rankin, Sally Little, etc. However, the thing that will always remain with me is the absolute class act that was Kathy Whitworth. Somewhere…

1 min
ogio alpha

Last May, the future of golf was uncertain, and across the globe travel plans were put on hold. A little more than a year later, the world is healing, the vaccines are rolling and your bucket list golf destinations are patiently waiting for you and your buddies to arrive (p. 74). All you need (besides your favorite mask) is a trusty travel bag. We’re loving this function-over-fuss Alpha Travel Cover from Ogio. Available in three sizes and colors, it’s durable, protective and easy to roll from one trip to the next to the next to the next…. ($280; ogio.com) You’ll find everything you could possibly need to pack up, get away and go play at proshop.golf.com…

1 min

Southern Belle SHE’S A BEAUTY, ISN’T SHE? That is, when she’s not being a brute. The Ocean Course at Kiawah hosts next month’s PGA Championship, but it’s not their first date. The course courted greatness in 2012, when Rory McIlroy ran away with the major, winning by eight strokes (p. 88). Our romance with Kiawah doesn’t end there, though. It ranks sixth on GOLF’s newest list of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play (p. 61). Question is, are you ready to fall for the belle of the ball? “It was Alice Dye’s idea to raise the Ocean Course so it would be level with the top of the dunes. Turns out that was one hell of an idea.”…

4 min
this golfing life

THE NEXT CLASS OF INDUCTEES to the World Golf Hall of Fame includes Tiger Woods, Tim Finchem—and Marion Hollins. Miss Hollins, as she was known in her day (she died in 1941), will be the first woman course architect in the hall, where she will live for eternity alongside her friend Alister MacKenzie. MacKenzie’s masterpieces include Cypress Point and Augusta National. Both might have been lesser works were it not for Miss Hollins. The good doctor once wrote of her, “I do not know of any man who has sounder ideas.” But after Marion Hollins—unless the late Alice Dye, Pete’s wife, is someday elected—there won’t be another woman architect voted into the hall for a long time. That’s because there are so few women designers working at all today. Many of America’s…

1 min
pga championship edition

$1.98 MILLIONCollin Morikawa’s winner’s check at the 2020 PGA Championship. LOWEST WEEKEND TOTALS IN MAJOR HISTORY 2020 PGA (Harding Park) 129 Collin Morikawa -11 1977 British Open (Turnberry) 130 Tom Watson -10 1975 Masters (Augusta) 131 Johnny Miller -13 1983 U.S. Open (Oakmont) 132 Larry Nelson -10 (Strokes under par for last two rounds) $55,000Dow Finsterwald’s winner’s check at the 1958 PGA at Llanerch CC, the first held under a strokeplay format.–20Jason Day’s score relative to par in the 2015 PGA at Whistling Straits, the lowest ever for a winner.2Consecutive runner-up finishes for Dustin Johnson at the PGA (2019, 2020), the first player with back-to-back runner-ups since Jack Nicklaus in 1963, ’64. (SOURCE: PGA OF AMERICA)78The average second-round score at the windswept 2012 PGA at Kiawah, the highest in a single round since stroke play was adopted for the event in 1958. Research by James Colgan…