Tom Weiskopf: The Bridesmaid

Tom Weiskopf: The Bridesmaid

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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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