Michael Bamberger joined Sports Illustrated as a senior writer in 1995 after 13 years as a newspaper reporter. Bamberger's versatility as a writer and his lucid, open style are hallmarks of his work. He has written a play ("Bart & Fay") and five books, among them This Golfing Life. He is also the inventor of The E-Club (eclubgolf.com), a utility golf club. His work has appeared in three editions of the annual anthology The Best American Sports Writing.
You're hearing from Arnold Palmer's grown daughter, who has dealt all her life with both the manufactured image and the actual man. The private moments she describes with her famous father are intense, fragile and ordinary. They are filled with heartache and love.
Two of the modern game's greatest heavyweights, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, faced off at the Northern Trust. Johnson was trying to make up for a season that started hot and sputtered, and Spieth was trying to strangle the life out of a tournament, a la Tiger.
The caddies were tested. The camera operators were tested. The squeegee guys were tested. In the end, Jordan Spieth flashed the grit and the game that withstood the elements, and he has a two-shot lead heading into the weekend at the British Open.