It does not really matter whether you think Dan Jenkins is a better golf writer than Charlie Price or that Herbert Warren Wind and his elegant essays would beat either on the 16th green. Nor is it important that no one could write such lyrical prose as Pat Ward Thomas of The Guardian or you remember Henry Longhurst as that somewhat plummy-voiced British commentator on television rather than a man who wrote a golf column in The Sunday Times every week for 25 years.
There is pretty much universal agreement that Bernard Darwin – who was the unbylined golf correspondent of The Times from 1907 to 1953, is the author of 30 books and, by the way, the grandson of Charles Darwin the naturalist – set a high bar with his writings about golf. And David Normoyle, a Californian and former employee of the USGA and now one of the game’s leading historians, knows more about Darwin than you, me and everyone else combined.
Why? Because Normoyle has written a thesis about Darwin and as a result was awarded his master’s degree by Cambridge Universit...
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