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Having been "sporting nut" from the age of 12 and obtaining a lot of fun during the period, playing, watching,with approval and distain (at times), age has eventually forced me to stop participating, leaving me to concentrate on memories and at the same time, hopefully to distribute praise and of course, criticism, when appropriate.
The photograph was taken with the Burnley mascot on my return to Turf Moor during November 2007, for the first time since 1972. This was arranged by my two sons Michael & Barry, who accompanied me on the 300 mile round trip. We received a wonderful reception from the staff at Burnley who incidently won the game, beating Ipswich Town 2.1.
Although, initially, my first love was football (soccer), this switched to golf in 1947, when, Fred Daly, who lived nearby, won The Open Championship. He encouraged some of my school friends and myself to earn some money acting as caddies at week-ends and during the school holidays. Through this I took up the game and became an addict and for this I will always be grateful to my mentor.
Hey Peter, hope you are doing well.
I'm reading a book now that I thought you might enjoy. Not sure if you've heard of it alredy but it's called 'Arnie & Jack' by Ian O'Connor. It's basically a duel biography of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, their rivalry and how their lives have intertwined over the past fifty years. It's very interesting and easy reading and has been on the NY Times Bestseller list.
I know you have an interest in golf books about the games histroy so thought I'd let you know about the book.
Hey Peter, thanks for your input on the Ryder Cup. I have just posted the roundtable article.
Hi Peter. I hope you are doing well.
The Ryder Cup is right around the corner and I am going to be doing a collaborative article with the golf community. I am going to be contacting regular golf community contributors asking them for their input on which team they believe will win the Ryder Cup and Why. I'll take excerpts from everyone and put that into an article which will then hopefully spur a debate amongst all of us through comments on who we think will win the cup and why.
I of course wanted to see if you would like to participate?
If you would, please either email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or just post on my bulletin board your thoughts on the Ryder Cup (which team will when and why) and I will take excerpts from you to include in the article.
Hah, that is a good one Peter! I told it several times today, getting a good laugh each time!
Ha, those are some great quotes, Peter!!
I agree with you on Harrington. He's got three majors and at the age of 36, I would not be suprised one bit if he adds another one or two majors. I have not seen someone go out there and 'take' a major the way Harrington did at the British and PGA in quite some time. I have also not seen anyone other than Woods make more clutch puts with confidence down the stretch in quite some time.
On Sunday at the PGA you could see clear as day the difference between a major champion and someone who is not with Harrington and Sergio - Harrington made every clutch shot with confidence while Sergio missed all the big shots down the stretch.
I have a ton of respect for guys like Harrington because he might not have been blessed with the same athletic ability as a guy like Tiger, but he has worked his tail off to get where he is. I read an article on ESPN.com where they were talking to his old coach who said that he and Harrington used to start practice at 9am and finished when it got dark, and that was in the middle of the winter in Ireland and that there summer practice sessions were even longer each day. Athletes like that are the ones that are worth admiring and set a good example for kids that hard work can actually get you to your goals.
Hey Peter. Just wanted to get your opinion - In your opinion, do you think that Padraig Harrington has earned the title of the greatest Irish golfer of all time?
This isn't for an article or anything, just wanted to know your opinion on Harrington.
Nice coverage of the tournament, Peter. Firestone CC is in my hometown of Akron. I hadn't heard about Monty. Yes, I'm sure he was none too pleased!
Peter, thanks for writing. I like how you cover a lot of things I can't read about anywhere else. I can always count on you for that.
I am going to try to do better at answering my bulletin board feedback. Take care!
Lol. I hear you Peter. My wife awlways says "you forget to do everything I tell you to do yet you can tell me what every golfer shot in the tournament today" - with ESPN, 24hr a day Golf Channel, etc. I find myself forgetting to do other things more and more these days! lol.