Tom Weiskopf: The Bridesmaid

Tom Weiskopf, 66, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Jeff Newton

Tom Weiskopf followed in Jack Nicklaus's bear tracks in Ohio's amateur ranks, so the comparison between the two Buckeyes was tempting before it became inevitable. Of Weiskopf's four second-place finishes at the Masters, Nicklaus won two. Jack so ruled the era that when Weiskopf worked the 1986 Masters with CBS and was asked what Nicklaus was thinking on the 16th tee, he quipped, "If I knew the way he thought I would have won this tournament." An admitted perfectionist with a short fuse, he captured 16 Tour titles, including the 1973 British Open. Now he's building a legacy in course design, where his work has won praise from Scottsdale to Scotland and beyond. The "Towering Inferno" may not have realized it back when he was chasing a green jacket, but he now understands that his design legacy will outlast a coat in a closet. "I'm proud to have brought the drivable par-4 back into prominence," Weiskopf says. "And I feel fortunate to have a design career I'm so passionate about, and to have had the support of my family, friends, and so many gracious fans." Who's underachieving now?

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