EAST LAKE, Ga.—At 5:35 p.m., Kevin Kisner walked off the course at East Lake having carded the low round of the day at the Tour Championship. Sixteen minutes later, he was showered, changed, and en route to a waiting helicopter, because you don’t stand between a Georgia Bulldog fan and football. The problem being, of course, that Kisner was slated to play in the third round of the Tour Championship, the final event of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.
JERSEY CITY – Arrive at Liberty National, and you are greeted by a glass-encased clubhouse that looks like a museum, a golf course meticulously sculpted on a delicate piece of land and a view of lower Manhattan that is out of a Woody Allen movie. Intimidated? For sure. Double bogey on No. 1? Highly likely. Those admittedly are not the best thoughts to have as one prepares to play a world-class golf course. A few moments later I meet Dan Fireman, the club’s co-founder along with his father, Paul, who spent more than $250 million to build the course on what was a toxic dumping ground. One of my first questions is how the PGA Tour players keep from being overwhelmed by the views and the Statue of
ATLANTA – One year has passed since the world – not just the sports world – lost Arnold Palmer, the king of golf. Arnold Palmer had a special gift. The PGA Tour has continued to extend and celebrate the King’s legacy, not that it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Last September, days after his death, one of Palmer’s old Ryder Cup bags was placed on the first tee at the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine; in March, at Bay Hill in Orlando, where Palmer spent winters since the mid-1960s, more than 60 players took part in a “21 gun” salute on the practice grounds to start the Arnold Palmer Invitational; at last month’s Boeing Invitational in Seattle, home to a PGA Tour Champions event, a 787-8 Dreamliner flew overhead at Snoqualmie Ridge, with Palmer’s signature, colorful umbrella emblazoned on the belly of the plane.