• Lema's five-stroke British Open victory in 1964 hinted that "Champagne Tony" was ready to take his career to new heights. (Getty Images)
    July 8, 2014

    What Might Have Been

    The plane crash that took the life of Tony Lema in 1966 makes the memory of his greatest golf triumph -- a British Open victory 50 years ago at St. Andrews -- all the more bittersweet.
  • As Tiger Woods makes another return to golf, his supporters and his detractors become more entrenched in their opinions. (Getty Images)
    July 1, 2014

    Loving and Hating Tiger Woods

    The divide between Tiger supporters and Tiger bashers has never been larger -- or more heated. Yet both sides need to do a better job of accepting the truth in the other's arguments
  • Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie created their own brands of theater en route to their back-to-back victories at Pinehurst (Getty Images/Kaymer; AP Images/Wie).
    June 24, 2014

    Pinehurst Postscript

    The USGA's two-week stay in North Carolina exceeded expectations, with Martin Kaymer, Michelle Wie and -- in particular -- the No. 2 course leaving lasting impressions
  • As Martin Kaymer was cruising to his U.S. Open title Sunday, U.S. Women's Open participants looking on got a preview of what's in store for them this week at Pinehurst.
    June 17, 2014

    It's OK to be No. 2 at No. 2

    The double U.S. Open experiment at Pinehurst continues with the women set

    to take center stage -- and the USGA's grand plan slowly being vindicated.

  • Raymond Floyd's impressive triumph at Shinnecock Hills in 1986 ranks among Field's favorites in his three decades covering the U.S. Open. (David Cannon/Getty Images)
    June 10, 2014

    A 30th trip to the U.S. Open

    Golf World's Bill Fields has seen much since covering his first national championship in 1985. His memories include the obvious and the offbeat
  • Less than two months after winning her 10-11 age division during the Drive, Chip and Putt Champoinship at Augusta National, Lucy Li is now set to play in a women's major. (Getty Images)
    May 20, 2014

    An Age Old Issue

    There are reasons to be wary of 11-year-old Lucy Li qualifying for the

    U.S. Women's Open. But there are also reasons to celebrate it.

  • Kids today still learn the game at Knollwood Fairways, but will miss out on having a mentor like Jesse Nelson, who died May 8 at age 94. (Photo: Bill Fields)
    May 13, 2014

    The Man Who Helped Me Fall For Golf

    Jesse Nelson was an unassuming shop operator at a small North Carolina golf course, but the impact he had on this golfer's life was powerful.
  • Greg Norman's presense in golf will continue after being named lead golf analyst for Fox TV's USGA coverage, which begins in 2015. (William West/AFP)
    April 21, 2014

    The Shark Swims Again

    Greg Norman has never lacked for opinions. It's a trait that should serve the successful golfer and businessman well in his next career: Fox golf analyst.
  • Past Masters champions Couples and Langer have both found their way on the leader board at Augusta well into their 50s. (Photo: Getty Images)
    April 1, 2014

    How Old Is Too Old To Win The Masters?

    A dozen golfers 50 and older are playing this year at Augusta National. At least one of them thinks sooner or later a senior will be wearing a green jacket.
  • After undergoing back surgery March 31, Woods will be forced miss the Masters for the first time in his career. (Getty Images)
    March 31, 2014

    What Now?

    As back surgery sidelines the World No. 1 through at least the year's first major, the golf world is again left to contemplate life without Tiger Woods.
  • While his rivals haven't yet wrestled the No. 1 ranking away from Woods, his place as the top golfer in the world seems less certain with every wince on the course. (Photo: Getty Images)
    March 25, 2014

    Tiger's Uncertain Future

    From the start, 2014 seemed like it would be a big year for Woods in his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record 18 majors. His bad back only makes it feel more so.
  • Fourteen was just a number for Nicklaus. For Woods, it is a punctuation mark no one ever dreamed would be a period. (Getty Images)
    March 18, 2014

    Where Jack And Tiger Diverged

    What Tiger Woods is confronting at 38 hardly resembles what Jack Nicklaus experienced at the same age.
  • Right now, Tom Watson would have to pick three from Woods, Spieth, Kuchar, Haas, Mahan, Bradley and Snedeker.
    March 11, 2014

    Tom Watson's Ryder Cup Dilemma

    The U.S. captain will have his work cut out for him later this year in trying to select the American team to compete in Scotland
  • Whether Victor Dubuisson will amount to a modern-day Arnaud Massy, the two Frenchmen share some common bonds. (Photos: Getty Images/AP Images)
    March 4, 2014

    A Reluctant Celebrity

    Seemingly possessing the talent to be France's best male golfer in a century, Victor Dubuisson is slowly adjusting to the limelight
  • Dominance in match play helped define how fans looked at Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen. (Photo: AP)
    February 18, 2014

    The Merits of Match Play

    It doesn't always produce the prettiest golf, but the head-to-head format tends to reveal much about those who play the game
  • Tom O'Toole outlines his priorities during the USGA Annual Meeting.
    February 11, 2014

    What the USGA should do to grow golf

    New President Tom O'Toole said he is committed to making the game more accessible. Here's how he can start
  • Mantle and Mays were among four of baseball's most prodigious home run hitters born in 1931.
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