The third-oldest national title is now a big-time draw

When the first Canadian Open was played at Royal Montreal in 1904, it was only the third national golf championship in the world–played at the first established club in North America. The spectators, as L. V. Kavanagh wrote in the 1973 History of Golf in Canada, arrived by horse and buggy, and crowd control was not an issue because “golf in those days was a sport for gentlemen.”

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In professional golf’s galaxy of stars, the name of Pat McGowan does not burn brightly. The 35-year-old Californian, whose home club is in Southern Pines, N.C., has been philosophically plodding around the PGA Tour for 13 years, playing up to 30 tournaments annually. Read more

Augusta, Ga. I WOULD be embarrassed to admit how big a part the Masters has played in my life: in my mental life, and, to a degree, my writing life. I’m talking, of course, about the tournament held every April at the Augusta National Golf Club.

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