He wouldn’t have lasted a minute in today’s Twitter culture, an enlightened and far-too- long-in-coming time when “cad” could become criminal and being “randy” can get you roasted on the righteous spit of It’s About Time. But Doug Sanders, the "Peacock of the Fairways" who won his first tour event (the 1956 Canadian Open) as an amateur, came of age in the Mad Men era – a time when cocktail parties were a popular pastime and calling a stranger “baby” as she walked past you in an airport earned you little more than downcast eyes and a slow shake of the head. Doug being Doug. Guy’s guy. Boys will be boys.
Sanders was a rake, his exploits bordering between comical and bewildering to those who found themselves around him.
Once, late in his competitive days – a decade removed from his last regular tour win and before the Champions Tour gave him another 15 minutes to preen in the sun – Sanders played in something called the West Georgia Open in the tiny town of Villa Rica, just down the road from his boyhood home in Cedartown. Sporting...
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