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A tribute from one Jenkins to another

By Mike O'Malley

HOYLAKE, England -- I’ve had the best seat in the house at majors for the past 19 years: the one next to Dan Jenkins. He hadn’t missed being on-site for a major since the 1969 British Open -- let that sink in for a minute -- but at 84 he decided to skip the flights from Fort Worth to New York and across the pond for this week’s Open at Hoylake, ending his streak at 179. Not to worry: Dan will be starting a new run next month at the PGA Championship in Louisville. That’ll be the 223rd major he has attended, including the 1941 U.S. Open as a kid at Colonial and every Masters since 1951.

Dan’s daughter, Sally, an outstanding author and columnist for the Washington Post, stopped by the family home to watch the Open with the man she calls “the Dad Popster” and who refers to himself as “the Ancient Twitterer.” In fact, Dan’s sending some tweets now. Read Sally’s column, and then catch Dan on Twitter at @DanJenkinsGD.