Comparisons are inevitable. Any son who follows his father’s path – in sports, business, politics, whatever – has to understand that going in, regardless of how good, bad or in between the elder was on said chosen path. When the father is a larger-than-life legend, well, that only amplifies things more.
Colby Patton’s father was a larger-than-life legend – at Clemson, in golf, in anything he did. I mean, Chris Patton was a big man – 6-foot-1 and comfortably north of 300 pounds in his prime. His nickname was “Big Daddy” in an era when “Big Mama” JoAnne Carner was still a staple and legend of her own in the women’s golf universe. And Chris Patton possessed a combination of simple country charm and homemade skills of raw power and soft hands that made him a fascinating U.S. Amateur champion two years before John Daly burst onto the scene and stole the spotlight at the 1991 PGA Championship.
People were simply drawn to Patton’s magnetism and his successes at Clemson the way they were drawn to William “The Refrigerator” Perry. He was...
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