Professional golfers – such as the guys who played for millions of dollars last week in Memphis – have it made. Right? Editor Don Whitten talks about the perks of being a pro golfer but also points out they’re in a produce-or-don’t-get-paid business. (June 13, 2012, Page 4)
MEMPHIS — Don’t tell Rory McIlroy that playing in the annual FedEx St. Jude Classic isn’t important. Jack Nicklaus may think McIlroy, the former No. 1 player in the world, should be out at Olympic Park getting ready for the U.S. Open, but McIlroy felt like he needed to play this week after not making the cut at the tournament Nicklaus founded, The Memorial, a week ago.
McIlroy didn’t lead the pack after the first day of golf at TPC Southwind, but he was just two strokes behind co-leaders Jeff Maggert and John Merrick with a round of 68. (June 8, 2012, Page 6A)
What pro sport can you sit or stand within feet of the athletes without paying hundreds of dollars for a ticket? Golf, of course. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the Mid-South’s popular PGA Tour stop in Memphis and the opportunities it offers golf fans to get up close and personal with the best players in the game. (June 5, 2012, Page 4)
Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks, an avid sports fans who just recently took up golf, committed to following the 2011 Masters from start to finish, and he came away with an even better appreciation for the game of golf and for those who play it at the highest level. (April 12, 2011, Page 4A)