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Clash of the Generations

The 2004 PGA Tour will continue to be a battleground between the Young Guns and the pop guns
Jeff Williams
From the Print Edition:
Tyson vs. King, Jan/Feb 04

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It was Norman, along with famed golf coach Butch Harmon and Scott's longtime coach, Tom Crow, who suggested a "forget about America" strategy. "They said, ‘Let's go to Europe and get some good grounding over there, says Scott. "That makes me appreciate a lot more what is over here and how good it is."

Peter Jacobsen: Pop Gun

 

This Pop Gun is going to turn 50 in March and become eligible for the Champions Tour. But expect him to play in several PGA Tour events, especially after his stirring, if not to say shocking victory in the Greater Hartford Open last July.

Jacobsen had not won since a hot streak at the beginning of the 1995 season when he won at Pebble Beach and San Diego. But by the following year his game had deteriorated to the point where, home in Portland, Oregon, with a bad back, he had to give up his caddie, Mike "Fluff" Cowan, to the beckoning of a superstar, Tiger Woods. Jacobsen struggled to make it into the top 125 money winners each season, though occasionally showed a flash of brilliance. But on the whole, he was doing a better imitation of golfers (Arnold Palmer, Craig Stadler, and Fred Couples are comedic parts of his exhibitions) than he was of being a PGA Tour player.

Then he shot a 63 in the opening round at Hartford, and the memory bank kicked in. For a man who spent more time working on his events management company than he did playing competitive golf, this was heady stuff, and he knew he had the head for it with 26 years of being a PGA Tour pro. "I thought I had another win in me, I really did," says Jacobsen. "I've been so motivated by Craig Stadler's play, Kenny Perry's play, Tom Watson's play. The key out here is not [to] limit yourself with either inexperience or age. I don't think about age when I tee it up. I know Stadler didn't. Ben Curtis didn't at the British Open. I didn't think that coming down the stretch on Sunday."

Jacobsen thought what all Pop Guns think, that when there's a chance to win, and they've done it before, they can do it again.


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