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Jordan Spieth, Texas pro: 'The will, focus of Hogan, likability of Nelson, putting stroke of Crenshaw'

May 20, 2015

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The PGA Tour is in Dan Jenkins' hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, this week, and Mac Engel of the Star-Telegram has a Q&A with him. "Jordan Spieth is the real deal," Jenkins said. "As I tweeted from Augusta, he appears to be the perfect Texas pro. He has the will and the focus of Ben Hogan, the likability of Byron Nelson and the putting stroke of Ben Crenshaw. I'm delighted that we now have a youthful Top Three — Rory McIlroy, Jordan and Rickie Fowler."


Jordan Spieth and Ben Crenshaw (Getty Images)

"There are no pictures on the news pages these days of Rory McIlroy with glamorous dates, or showbiz gossip on his latest exploits outside the ropes — and there's a good reason for that," Derek Lawrenson writes in the Daily Mail. "It has been a very deliberate policy, to be honest,' admitted the world No 1 when asked by Sportsmail whether, in the wake of his much-publicised split from girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki a year ago, it was his intention to pursue a low-key social life. What is it they say about learning from your mistakes? This is the way I want it from now on. I want to be known for my golf and that's it.'"


Jack Nicklaus' legacy is secure, but these days he is focused on securing the Nicklaus brand. "The brand is basically my legacy," Nicklaus says in this Cigar Aficionado story by Jeff Williams. "I didn't worry too much about brand when I was playing golf, then I realized in the last seven or eight years, what I need to do is to create a legacy for my kids, the company, allow it to move forward without me. That's kind of important to get that done for them."


‿More fun with island greens is on the docket, as it was announced this week that one of the courses on which the CareetBuilder Challenge (formerly the Humana Challenge) will be played will be the Stadium Course at PGA West, designed by Pete Dye. Larry Bohannan of the Desert Sun has the story.


Their last names are familiar to golf fans of a certain generation: Faxon, Glasson, Lehman and Roberts. They are the daughters of Brad, Bill, Tom and Loren, and all wound up working for the Folds of Honor Foundation, Eric Bailey of the Tulsa World writes. "I look at each one of those girls individually and, knowing their dads, I see the pieces of their dads which have made them so successful -- their work ethic, their persistence, their personalities," Maj. Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor, said.