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.
In other parts of the clubhouse, the reaction to the gent’s eight-under card was much the same: nicely done, young sir. “It’s good for Birkdale, it’s great for Birkdale,” one member said. “Every time the record is mentioned, Birkdale will be mentioned with it.”
While there wasn't an American near the top of the leaderboard, Donald Trump was happy. His course looked beautiful and his wife (in a summery white dress) looked beautiful and after about a decade of heavy wooing he had the most important event in women's golf at the place he considers his true home.
My proposal: The best minds at the major golf associations working with the top ball manufacturers to produce a ball that would be used only in the majors. The basic goal can be easily stated: it maxes out at about 300 yards.
Jim Mackay had a handle on his boss in ways that nobody else in the golfer's inner circle had. You take a half-crazy artistic genius like Phil Mickelson and you need someone of boundless patience to help him achieve what he can achieve.
Your scoreboard totals are correct: Brooks Koepka won a U.S. Open by shooting 16 under par. Yikes. Seventy-two holes, no double bogeys. That tells you that he never followed up one mistake with another. That's a hallmark of golfing intelligence.