Articles by Shane Ryan

The U.S. Open champion who died in a jail cell

In 1924, at the height of his powers, the diminutive English pro Cyril Walker beat all comers to win the 1924 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills. But it’s not just that he beat all comers; he beat Bobby Jones, the most famous golfer in the world, in a final-round duel. It was a model of Read more…

With ghosts, nerves and plenty of drama, the final round of the US Women’s Open is going to be more fun than you think

As the final round looms, one of the three main contenders is a two-time major winner who seems to have ice running through her veins, another is a child star whose success on the professional circuit seems inevitable, and the last is a 31-year-old who had so little confidence in her game that she expected to shoot 80 and miss the cut, hates pressure and doesn’t think she handles it very well, seems dead tired from the hard walk at Lancaster Country Club, and has been coping with the fear of a ghost.

The real Payne Stewart, 25 years later

When a golf fan thinks of Payne Stewart, it’s likely that two events come immediately to mind, in some order. The first is his uplifting triumph, at age 42, in the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. The second is his death, just a few months later, aboard a Learjet 35 airplane that eventually crashed in Read more…

Scottie Scheffler arrest: Long-time Louisville attorney sheds light on what happened and what comes next

Early Friday morning, Scottie Scheffler was arrested by Louisville Metro Police outside Valhalla Golf Club not long after a pedestrian was killed in a fatal collision. He was charged with two misdemeanors, reckless driving, and—more seriously–felony second degree assault of a police officer. Scheffler was reportedly attempting to bypass traffic when a police officer attempted Read more…