CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, CALIFORNIA | Soft sunlight pierced the trees. A hubbub of chatter, a vortex of voices, rose skywards. If a bomb had been dropped on an area no bigger than the 18th green at the Old Course last Monday afternoon, many of the great and good in golf would be gone. It was the gathering preceding the World Golf Hall of Fame 2019 induction ceremony at Carmel, and though some of those present had seen better days physically, the chocolate-box California town had rarely looked spiffier.
I like the World Golf Hall of Fame. I am a fan, a follower, a supporter of what it is trying to achieve. I applaud the way it honours those in our old game, a game with longer antecedents than many others and thus more reason to swank about its past. I don’t mind discussions or arguments about the legitimacy of one person over another, the presence of one in this august body and the absence of another. Of course there are some who are not in it who should be just as there are some who are in it who perhaps should not be. Above all though, ...
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