Dan Jenkins

ChrismydawgChrismydawg JLoMembers Posts: 395 ✭✭
Truly going to miss this fella. Being a younger golfer I loved following this guy on twitter. His knowledge of the history of the game was unparalleled. He was funny, snarky and never prone to hyperbole. He never exaggerated the feats of the modern golfer because he would always compare generations. I mean seriously imagine hogan and nicklaus using the modern equipment he believed they would dominate just the same. I just want to post a few things that DJ tweeted;



Top 10 Master's Finishes:

1. Nicklaus '86

2. Arnold '60

3. Hogan '53

4. Tiger '97

5. Arnold '62

6. Nicklaus '75

7. Snead '54

8. Mickelson '04

9. Crenshaw '95

10. Spieth '15



Favorite US Open Tracks:

1. Oakmont

2. Merion

3. Oakland Hills

4. Pebble Beach



Favorite Open Venues

1. Old Course

2. Carnoustie

3. Lytham

4. Hoylake

5. Muirfield

6. Troon

7. Birkdale

8. Turnberry

9. Sandwich



My favorite tweet came last year after Tommy Fleetwood finished 2nd at the US Open-He said Tommy finished as the low guitar player.



Anybody have any fond memories of this guy?
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  • dlygrissedlygrisse Members Posts: 13,014 ✭✭
    I read several of his books, Dogged Victims of Inexorable Fate, and Dead Solid Perfect. Both Classics, as well as a couple of others.



    Back when subscribing to Golf Digest was the way I got my golf fix, I always enjoyed his writing.



    One of the best quotes ever about sports journalism, not sure who it is attributed to...said. "the smaller the ball, the better the writing." This still holds true, but now maybe it's "the smaller the ball the better the websites" -dlygrisse 2019/

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  • imakaveliimakaveli Moli Moli Moli Moli Tommy Tommy Tommy Tommy... Members Posts: 12,558 ✭✭
    Spieth 2015 in the top ten? Really?
  • dlygrissedlygrisse Members Posts: 13,014 ✭✭
    imakaveli wrote:


    Spieth 2015 in the top ten? Really?




    Dan was always partial to Texans.

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  • RangeballzRangeballz Members Posts: 1,649 ✭✭
    His "Dead Solid Perfect" is a hilarious book, a great light read. He'll be missed.
  • ChrismydawgChrismydawg JLo Members Posts: 395 ✭✭
    imakaveli wrote:


    Spieth 2015 in the top ten? Really?




    2nd youngest winner, wire to wire and tied the scoring record at -18. You don't think thats any good?
  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Members Posts: 25,111 ✭✭
    edited Mar 8, 2019 12:09pm #7
    imakaveli wrote:


    Spieth 2015 in the top ten? Really?




    It was pretty spectacular that day. Only 1 other guy went as low there. How quickly we forget
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  • farmerfarmer Members Posts: 7,785 ✭✭
    Dogged Victims will make you wet your pants. Loved Dan Jenkins, sorry it's impossible for a writer to know modern players the way Jenkins knew them back in the day.
  • Darth PutterDarth Putter Members Posts: 4,616 ✭✭
    Golf Digest's tribute.



    https://www.golfdigest.com/story/his-ownself-dan-jenkins-1929-2019-tribute-dies-at-age-89





    In 2012, Jenkins became the first living sportswriter of three (Bernard Darwin of The Times of London and Herbert Warren Wind of The New Yorker the others) to be stuffed and mounted at the World Golf Hall of Fame. “I’d follow [fellow Fort Worthers] Hogan and Nelson anywhere,” he said. “I went back and looked up everybody who’s in it and did some statistics. It turns out that I have known 95 of these people when they were living. I’ve written stories about 73 of them. I’ve had cocktails and drinks with 47 of them. And I played golf with 24 of them.”
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  • HillbillyInBCHillbillyInBC Members Posts: 163 ✭✭




    Truly an epic tribute to a life well-lived. RIP.
  • Darth PutterDarth Putter Members Posts: 4,616 ✭✭
    Sports Illustrated has a collection of his articles they posted today. (including Goat Hills and Tom and Jack)



    https://www.si.com/sports-illustrated/2019/03/08/dan-jenkins-stories-sports-illustrated



    and their tribute



    https://www.si.com/golf/2019/03/08/dan-jenkins-obituary-sports-illustrated-golf-college-football-writer
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  • Anchor44Anchor44 Members Posts: 898 ✭✭
    He also wrote one time, at the height of Arnie worship, that he'd bet Arnie hadn't been involved in a conversation in twenty years that wasn't about Arnie.

    He wrote what he thought.
  • DpavsDpavs OverWRX'ed Members Posts: 3,321 ✭✭
    edited Mar 8, 2019 3:44pm #13
    I really liked this clip from Ben's Morning 9 article -



    At Woods’ peak, Jenkins wrote, “Only two things can stop him: injury or a bad marriage.” Birdie, and birdie.”



    Could he have been any more prophetic?



    Fairways and Greens forever Dan.
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  • ClintDaggerClintDagger Members Posts: 566 ✭✭
    I remember as a junior getting a GD sub and reading Dan’s stuff. Didn’t realize that he must have been 70 back then. 89 is a long life and he’ll be missed.
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  • Dave230Dave230 Members Posts: 3,748 ✭✭
    edited Mar 8, 2019 1:54pm #15
    He was at 232 majors, which is incredible. That's all four every year for 58 years... great writer, great insight. As someone else said, it was back in the days when writers would be able to hang out with the players for days on end and often become friends with them, but still not be afraid to write about them.



    It's sad somewhere along the line the trust between journalists and golfers has eroded so that doesn't happen anymore. Can understand that there is more sensationalising with the advent of tabloid, gutter journalism, but from my experience players today are way too guarded, defer everything to their agents and managers.



    I guess it's also an era where you can send out your own message on social media or what Tiger and a few others are doing, even your own TV channel essentially. Reminds me what Steinberg said when Jenkins wanted to meet Tiger "Don't see how we'd benefit out of it." Zero sum game.



    Players have tremendous power now, in Jenkins' time, the balance wasn't so skewed, the players wanted to be written about.
  • Mr. HoganMr. Hogan Members Posts: 1,295 ✭✭
    Did he retire?
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  • TheLarchTheLarch Major Winner Members Posts: 963 ✭✭
    He had an article in Golf Digest decades ago where all the legends of golf through the years somehow got together at the same time at The Masters. In one part of the article he wrote how the crowd marveled at Sarazen’s driver/four wood double eagle at 15, especially since everyone else was hitting driver/seven iron. I still think about that and smile when I see the 15th at Augusta. What a great writer.
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    Mr. Hogan wrote:


    Did he retire?
    He passed away.
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    wow I thought that was 15 years ago
  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Members Posts: 11,657 ✭✭
    I have to say I loved some of his writing and didn't care for other parts



    His knowledge and length as part of golf and the majors is truly incredible



    Dead Solid Perfect was a fantastic book and the movie was very VERY entertaining as well (Randy Quaid). Rumored to be about Doug Sanders FWIW



    Last note, Steiny is a clown. Out of sheer respect Tiger should've sat down with Jenkins for a cocktail on a few occassions
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  • Dr. BlockDr. Block Members Posts: 610 ✭✭
    edited Mar 8, 2019 3:55pm #21
    Dave230 wrote:


    He was at 232 majors, which is incredible. That's all four every year for 58 years... great writer, great insight. As someone else said, it was back in the days when writers would be able to hang out with the players for days on end and often become friends with them, but still not be afraid to write about them.



    It's sad somewhere along the line the trust between journalists and golfers has eroded so that doesn't happen anymore. Can understand that there is more sensationalising with the advent of tabloid, gutter journalism, but from my experience players today are way too guarded, defer everything to their agents and managers.



    I guess it's also an era where you can send out your own message on social media or what Tiger and a few others are doing, even your own TV channel essentially. Reminds me what Steinberg said when Jenkins wanted to meet Tiger "Don't see how we'd benefit out of it." Zero sum game.



    Players have tremendous power now, in Jenkins' time, the balance wasn't so skewed, the players wanted to be written about.




    Dan Jenkins brand of thoughtful, real journalism proliferated during a much more civil time in our society. Sportswriters protected their meal ticket's (the athletes and sports they covered). They formed relationships, gained access on a deep and meaningful level, and great pieces of writing were born from it. Writers have only themselves to blame for the inaccessibility and lack of trust that exists today. All they care about is generating traffic with hearsay, conjecture, and sensationalism. Apparently when you have to compete with (or reside in) the dim-witted, narcissistic world of social media - there is no virtue in journalistic integrity.
  • Night trainNight train Members Posts: 2,818 ✭✭
    He witnessed a lot.........and shared it with us. He was a unique talent that golf will miss!
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    edited Mar 8, 2019 4:50pm #23
    cardoustie wrote:


    I have to say I loved some of his writing and didn't care for other parts



    His knowledge and length as part of golf and the majors is truly incredible



    Dead Solid Perfect was a fantastic book and the movie was very VERY entertaining as well (Randy Quaid). Rumored to be about Doug Sanders FWIW



    Last note, Steiny is a clown. Out of sheer respect Tiger should've sat down with Jenkins for a cocktail on a few occassions




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  • Ashley SchaefferAshley Schaeffer Members Posts: 1,953 ✭✭

    cardoustie wrote:


    I have to say I loved some of his writing and didn't care for other parts



    His knowledge and length as part of golf and the majors is truly incredible



    Dead Solid Perfect was a fantastic book and the movie was very VERY entertaining as well (Randy Quaid). Rumored to be about Doug Sanders FWIW



    Last note, Steiny is a clown. Out of sheer respect Tiger should've sat down with Jenkins for a cocktail on a few occassions




    Bad Hair Wimberly!




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  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,620 ClubWRX


    cardoustie wrote:


    I have to say I loved some of his writing and didn't care for other parts



    His knowledge and length as part of golf and the majors is truly incredible



    Dead Solid Perfect was a fantastic book and the movie was very VERY entertaining as well (Randy Quaid). Rumored to be about Doug Sanders FWIW



    Last note, Steiny is a clown. Out of sheer respect Tiger should've sat down with Jenkins for a cocktail on a few occassions




    Bad Hair Wimberly!




    Um...Janie Rimmer...




    “Janie Ruth lost her scholarship”. I know where she can transfer to!
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  • SixcatSixcat SWVAMembers Posts: 1,421 ✭✭
    edited Mar 8, 2019 5:08pm #26
    His assertion that his good friend, George H. W. Bush “thinks he used to be president” is still funny however many years later.



    Rest easy Mr. Jenkins. My “ownself” is gonna miss your wit and charm.



    I think I will watch “Dead Solid Perfect” tonight.
  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,620 ClubWRX
    Sixcat wrote:


    His assertion that his good friend, George H. W. Bush “thinks he used to be president” is still funny however many years later.



    Rest easy Mr. Jenkins. My “ownself” is gonna miss your wit and charm.



    I think I’ll watch “Dead Solid Perfect” tonight.




    Lucky you.



    I found my copy a while back, but don’t have a VCR.



    I saw the movie long before iever read the book. Still one of my favorite all time movies.



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  • SixcatSixcat SWVAMembers Posts: 1,421 ✭✭

    Sixcat wrote:


    His assertion that his good friend, George H. W. Bush “thinks he used to be president” is still funny however many years later.



    Rest easy Mr. Jenkins. My “ownself” is gonna miss your wit and charm.



    I think I’ll watch “Dead Solid Perfect” tonight.




    Lucky you.



    I found my copy a while back, but don’t have a VCR.



    I saw the movie long before iever read the book. Still one of my favorite all time movies.



    My user name is a takeoff from the title, with a little editing to more accurately reflect my game.




    I transferred it to DVD years ago. Watch it at least once a year.
  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,620 ClubWRX
    Sixcat wrote:


    Sixcat wrote:


    His assertion that his good friend, George H. W. Bush “thinks he used to be president” is still funny however many years later.



    Rest easy Mr. Jenkins. My “ownself” is gonna miss your wit and charm.



    I think I’ll watch “Dead Solid Perfect” tonight.




    Lucky you.



    I found my copy a while back, but don’t have a VCR.



    I saw the movie long before iever read the book. Still one of my favorite all time movies.



    My user name is a takeoff from the title, with a little editing to more accurately reflect my game.




    I transferred it to DVD years ago. Watch it at least once a year.




    Smart. I never managed to do that.
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  • Ashley SchaefferAshley Schaeffer Members Posts: 1,953 ✭✭

    Sixcat wrote:


    His assertion that his good friend, George H. W. Bush “thinks he used to be president” is still funny however many years later.



    Rest easy Mr. Jenkins. My “ownself” is gonna miss your wit and charm.



    I think I’ll watch “Dead Solid Perfect” tonight.




    Lucky you.




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  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,620 ClubWRX


    Sixcat wrote:


    His assertion that his good friend, George H. W. Bush “thinks he used to be president” is still funny however many years later.



    Rest easy Mr. Jenkins. My “ownself” is gonna miss your wit and charm.



    I think I’ll watch “Dead Solid Perfect” tonight.




    Lucky you.




    **** on luck. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    Well done Ashley, well done!��������
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