The golf world misplaced one in all its most well-known writers on Thursday as Dan Jenkins handed away on the age of 89 in Fort Price, Texas.
Jenkins’ profession overlaying main championships began in 1951 on the U.S. Open and he would cowl greater than 230 in his profession, which is able to arguably by no means be crushed as a result of nobody else is even near that quantity.
Jenkins wrote for the Fort Price Press, Sports activities Illustrated, and Golf Digest. He additionally wrote many books in his profession and acquired the PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the PGA of America.
In 2011, on the time he was inducted into the World Golf Corridor of Fame, Jenkins stated of the glory, “There aren’t many writers in right here. It’s a small group, and I’m happy to be part of it. I’d observe Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson anyplace.”
Each Hogan and Nelson had been Fort Price natives and Jenkins connected his wagon and rode it with nice writing his complete profession.
I simply found out that I’ve spent nearly 5 years of my life simply overlaying majors. When you rely different tournaments, that is one other 5 or 6 years. Then there’s the soccer and the ski racing. More often than not, it by no means felt like work. Guess what: I might have paid them to do it
— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) August 10, 2018
Jenkins was wonderful. He knew when to be shrewd and the best way to convey info in a manner that many people can solely aspire to do, and I ask you to spend a while studying his work on each Sports activities Illustrated and Golf Digest.
For now, get pleasure from this little excerpt from his e-book, “Sports activities Makes You Kind Quicker: The Complete World of Sports activities by One among America’s Most Well-known Sportswriters,” which was revealed in August of 2018.
By way of Dan Jenkins whereas at Golf Digest:
So this sportswriter walks right into a press room …
That appears like the beginning of a joke, proper? But it surely isn’t. At this writing, it has been my job to spend one yr and 4 months of my life in Augusta, Ga., overlaying the Masters for 68 consecutive years.
That’s a Masters file for journalists that stretches from the Augusta Nationwide veranda to a public course in Istanbul. Every day I am going to the mailbox to see if the prize cash has arrived but. No luck to date.
But it surely’s been an important gig.
I can’t even fathom the issues he’s seen between the pines at Augusta. Issues I’ll by no means see in my lifetime. Issues I can solely think about what it was wish to be part of whereas watching replays on TV.
Jenkins was additionally a enjoyable observe on Twitter and used the platform each to tell and provides opinions that present humor and the data gained by a lifetime of overlaying the game of golf.
If Johnny Miller yells “Choke!” in a forest and nobody is round to listen to it, does he make a sound?
— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) February three, 2019
Looks like solely yesterday that golf followers had been enthusiastic about Rory, Jordan and Justin, the New Breed. Now they need to discover ways to spell Koepka, DeChambeau and Schauffele. Has my profession meant nothing?
— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) January 11, 2019
That golf course exterior Paris primarily uncovered how simple our PGA Tour programs are arrange. Golf used to reward ability.
— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) October 1, 2018
I have been overlaying majors for nearly 70 years, and one factor I’ve seen: Lengthy and straight off the tee and being a superb putter tends to work.
— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) August 12, 2018
His remaining Tweet sums up simply how irritating the sport of golf could be for therefore many, however there aren’t many who’ve seen as many legends of the sport play golf in particular person as Jenkins.
Relating to Sergio: Over time, I’ve seen a number of tour professionals take a nasty divot out of the bent with one indignant chop.
— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) February four, 2019
“To justify my inclusion on this terrific society,” he stated of his induction into the World Golf Corridor of Fame, “I went again and checked out all people who’s in it and did some statistics. It seems that I’ve recognized 95 of those folks once they had been residing. I’ve written tales about 73 of them. I’ve had cocktails and drinks with 47 of them, and I performed golf with 24 of them. So I would like any person else to attempt to go up in opposition to that file.”
Good luck to anybody who tries to beat that feat.
It gained’t be carried out.
The characteristic picture is of Dan through the 2005 Golf Writers Affiliation of America Awards Dinner.