MONDAY  | OCTOBER 8, 2018
by Jeff Babineau

In the south Florida house where the late Johnny Farrell and his wife, Kay, once lived, and where Johnny’s daughter, Peggy McGuire, still resides, a guest entering the living room can’t help but view a beautiful crystal trophy atop a custom-made stand. Farrell’s 1928 U.S. Open trophy was stolen many years ago, but his Hall of Fame crystal lives on, given to Farrell in 1961 to commemorate his entry into what then was known as the PGA Hall of Fame.

Certainly, Farrell was deserving. Golf had been his life. He beat the great Bobby Jones in a 36-hole playoff to capture the ’28 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields near Chicago, was credited with 21 other official PGA Tour victories (though he won more) and was a factor in several other major championships. He dressed with style and cut a dashing figure (“Handsome Johnny,” the fans called him) and cut his competitive days short to be home with the wife whom he loved, chasing tournament trophies, soon to be replaced by chasing sons and daughters. Farrell, who died in 1988, went on to be the club professional at famed Baltusrol in New Jersey for nearly four decades.

 



by Art Spander

This was in the 1980s, at a New York Giants-Chicago Bears playoff game at old Soldier Field. Dave Anderson was seated to the left of me in the press box, and to the left of him was a relatively new sports editor of the New York Times, for which Anderson would write for decades, a man brought in from news side.

A few minutes before kickoff, the sports editor, a bit unsettled, said to Anderson, “So, Dave, I’d like to tell the office. What are you going to write?” Without an ounce of irritation, Anderson answered, “I think I’ll wait until they play the game before I decide.”

 


Drive-and-gouge golf has been around for century
Much has been said recently about PGA Tour players who strive for distance off the tee, with no worry about ending up in the rough. If in the rough, a short iron is muscled to extricate the ball from a thick lie and get on the green.

Concerned golfers think this “drive and gouge” philosophy has eclipsed many classic tournament sites and made them obsolete, and the drive-and-gouge philosophy by American Ryder Cup members led to their recent loss on a course with tight fairways and heavy rough.

 


1

Number of PGA Tour victories for Kevin Tway, who won a three-man playoff to claim the Safeway Open on Sunday. Tway, 30, birdied his final five holes – Nos. 17 and 18 in regulation and then three in the playoff – at Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course in Napa, Calif. Tway, who shot a final-round 1-under 71, outlasted Brandt Snedeker (74) and Ryan Moore (67) after they had tied at 14-under 274. Tway joins his father, Bob, whose eight PGA Tour victories included the 1986 PGA Championship, as winners on Tour (scores).

 



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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Short Par 4 will title-sponsor the Fall Classic, a two-person team event to be played this fall in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Short Par 4 Fall Classic will be staged Nov. 11-15 on 16 Grand Strand-area courses.

 


CALENDAR
October 6-11
Women’s amateur: U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club, Vero Beach, Fla.

October 11-14
European Tour: Sky Sports British Masters

Walton Heath GC, Walton-on-the-Hill, England

PGA Tour: CIMB Classic

TPC Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

LPGA: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship

Sky 72 GC (Ocean), Incheon, South Korea

October 12-14
Champions: SAS Championship

Prestonwood CC, Cary, N.C.


      
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