Articles by Jerry Tarde

Phil Mickelson made 47 holes-in-one, and I believe him

Last fall an 11-year-old named Holden Bautista made two holes-in-one in a single round, and, even better, Tiger Woods was an eyewitness. The kid asked Tiger if he had ever made double aces—“I mean you’re the GOAT, so it would be expected?” “You had to go there,” replied Tiger, laughing. “I’ll give you that one.” Read more…

How Mike Keiser invented the Remote Architecture Movement

You might say it started when W.P. Kinsella wrote a baseball novel in 1982 called “Shoeless Joe” that used the haunting refrain, “If you build it, he will come.” The extraterrestrials of Stonehenge may have had the notion originally, but Kinsella’s mantra expressed perfectly that if you create something worthwhile, people will beat a path Read more…

Tim Finchem lost to Thurgood Marshall but won big for golf

The last time I was in Louisville, birthplace of The Greatest, I went to the Muhammad Ali Center for a meeting of The First Tee Trustees, and he was there. Sports’ most eloquent speaker couldn’t speak. Ali smiled and had his picture taken with each of us, as one by one we said a few Read more…

Lee Trevino taught me how to yo-yo, and other tips from my wedge hero

In my garage at home is a red canvas, cylindrical shag bag with a protruding aluminum tube that retrieves golf balls without back strain. It’s my longest serving piece of golf equipment in continuous use. The Original Shag Bag was invented by Clifford Hurd and Ian McDonald in 1948, and the same company, Madewell Products, Read more…

10 rules we choose to ignore

The Nudge and my three favourite tournament officials. [Getty images: Mike Ehrmann] Please don’t take offence to this statement of fact, but public-course golfers tend to nudge their golf balls to a better lie more often than private-course players do. I consider myself somewhat of an authority on this subject because I’ve played half my Read more…