May 24, 1993 |
Bob Charles, the steady, humorless cash machine with the dazzling all-round game, became the first $4 million man of the senior golf tour yesterday. You want colorful antics, quips and one-liners, follow Lee Trevino or Chi Chi Rodriguez all afternoon; you want unwavering, winning golf, Charles is the man. And has been for seven years now on the Senior PGA tour. He eked out a 1-shot victory in the $650,000 Bell Atlantic Classic yesterday, holding off challenges from playing partners Dave Stockton and Trevino on the back nine of the difficult Chester Valley Golf Club course.
May 19, 1986 |
As sports go, golf - and golfers - always have been difficult to categorize. While no one denies that it takes skill to play the game well, skeptics could point to successful golfers whose physiques never have conjured images of hard-edged athleticism. The eternal debate - are golfers really athletes? - might have been renewed again yesterday during the final round of the $200,000 United Hospitals Senior Golf Championship, an event for the 50-and-over crowd that featured more than a few entrants with waistlines lapping over their belts like bunting for a Memorial Day parade.
May 22, 1999 |
Jack Nicklaus thought his first competitive round of golf in 299 days went about as expected. He was pleasantly surprised at some of his shots yesterday in the Bell Atlantic Classic, and rather annoyed at others. Nicklaus shot a 2-over-par 74, leaving him far down the leader board after opening day, 8 strokes behind leader Frank Conner. But shooting a good score at Hartefeld National in Avondale didn't top his list of expectations yesterday in his first round since undergoing hip-replacement surgery.
September 8, 1986 |
Arnold Palmer and Gene Littler each shot 2-under-par 69 yesterday to lead the U.S. team to an easy 68 1/2-31 1/2 victory over an international team in a $600,000 PGA Seniors event in Potomac, Md. The U.S. team earned 24 of a possible 36 points. Palmer and Littler each earned 7 1/2 points for the Americans in the final round while teammate Chi Chi Rodriguez picked up 5 1/2 for his 1-under-par 70 over the 6,377-yard Tournament Players Club of Avenal. Don January added three points for his round of 72 and Billy Casper a half a point for his 73. Bob Charles of New Zealand finished with a 1-under-par 70 to give the international team 5 1/2 points.
April 14, 1987 |
If there is indeed a direct correlation between longevity and one's physical well-being, Gary Player probably will live to celebrate his 100th birthday. At least. The South African native has won an astounding 128 golf tournaments worldwide, yet, at what he considers to be the relatively tender age of 51, he shows no signs of slowing down. He still weighs 150 pounds, the same as he did when he joined the PGA Tour way back in 1953. And he still can do 300 pushups per day, 70 in a minute, just as he managed some 25 years ago. "I've taken great pleasure in looking after my body," Player said yesterday at Chester Valley Golf Club in Malvern, the scene of the third annual United Hospitals Senior Golf Championship May 15 to 17. A year ago, Player won the event by shooting a 4-under 206, one stroke better than Lee Elder and Bob Charles.
August 29, 1988 |
Tom Watson missed a 30-inch par-saving putt and let Mike Reid escape with a playoff victory yesterday in the World Series of Golf in Akron, Ohio. Watson, seeking his first victory of the season and second in four years, three-putted the first playoff hole and Reid became a winner with a routine par. The lapse by Watson, who has been troubled by inconsistent short putting for the four years of his slump, cost him a chance to go past Jack Nicklaus and take the all-time money-winning lead on the PGA Tour.
May 15, 1987 |
Arnie's Army, diminished in size but not in enthusiasm since its heyday 20 years ago, gathered around its king at the Chester Valley Golf Club yesterday. Arnold Palmer, looking fit and, at age 57, still muscular, played in a pro- am, a warm-up for the United Hospitals Senior Golf Championship, which begins today in Malvern. The Senior tournament will be Palmer's first since arthroscopic surgery on his right knee three weeks ago. He has not played since the Masters, in early April.
May 24, 1993 |
In his day, Bob Charles was regarded as one of the best putters of all time. These days, as a concession to age, the 57-year-old from New Zealand is not quite as proficient around the greens. So he relies more on other facets of his game. You won't find him listed among the top 10 putters on the Senior PGA Tour. But he does rank first in driving accuracy, second in greens hit in regulation, fourth in sand saves and fourth in scoring. Most significantly, he also is second on the money list.
May 14, 1989 |
It was the spring of 1979 and Larry Mowry, known among pro golfers as King of the Mini-Tour, again was hearing from his wife, Karen, about the 7-Up bottle, three-quarters filled with vodka that accompanied him up every fairway, to every green. As usual, Mowry deflected her concern. But then, in mid-May, he awoke three successive nights at the exact same time - ten past three. "I got scared," Mowry said. "I thought, 'Somebody's giving you a wakeup call, son.' " He went to Alcoholics Anonymous early that third morning, attended meetings for 90 days and entered his next tournament in July.
May 14, 1987 |
The golf superstar has died, Chi Chi Rodriguez theorized, for the same reason that, at age 51, he is very much alive on the PGA Senior Tour. Actually, Rodriguez is chewing up the thing. The 1987 tour is just nine stops old and already he has pocketed a career-high $140,790. "I've never played better in my life," he said. "It's the equipment. It's so much better today. Golf balls are better, the (club) shafts are better, the construction of the clubs is better. And Rome was not built in one day, you know, so I've got a little more experience going for me now, too. " There certainly is no denying what technology has done for Chi Chi. In nine tour stops going into this weekend's United Hospitals Seniors Championship at Chester Valley Golf Club in Malvern, he has won twice, including last week in San Antonio, and placed among the top five three times.