The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today’s winner is Golf World writer Tim Rostaforte. He gets the award for the following

Earl Woods would have cried, said Tiger. He would have cried remembering stories such as the one Golf Digest senior writer Jaime Diaz wrote in the New York Times on Nov. 9, 1990. The first three paragraphs paint a different picture than the press release issued Oct. 16 on, when Aronimink was announced as host of Tiger’s tournament:

The executive director of the PGA of America said yesterday that Aronimink Golf Club was right to withdraw as host of the 1993 P.G.A. Championship rather than risk a repeat of the furor that arose this year at Shoal Creek.


Just to give the Tiger-AT&T announcement another layer of historical perspective, Woods was 17 at the time of Diaz’s article. He had just won his third straight USGA Boys Junior title.

The Diaz article was indeed written on November 9, 1990. Here’s a link to it. However Tiger wasn’t 17 years old or a three time USGA Boys Junior champ at the time. Woods was 14 years old, and his first Boys Junior title was still almost a year away.

Tim isn’t done screwing up yet.

For a city with such a rich tradition in golf, the Philadelphia market has been displaced on the PGA Tour calendar. The area hosted the SEI Pennsylvania Classic in 2000 and 2002. Before that the IVB Philadelphia Golf Classic was played at Whitemarsh Valley GC in Chestnut Hill in 1970s, and was won by headliners Billy Casper (1970), Tom Weiskopf (71-73), Hubert Green (74), Tom Kite (76) and Jack Nicklaus (78).

The IVB Philadelphia Golf Classic was a PGA Tour event from 1963 to 1980 not just the 70’s. Rostaforte mistakenly says Tom Weiskopf won the tournament from 1971 to 1973, which is wrong because JC Snead won in Philadelphia in 1972. That could be chalked up as a typo but the real screwup is omitting The King Arnold Palmer from the list of great former IVB winners. Palmer won the inaugural event in 1963.

I probably shouldn’t expect too much accuracy from anyone writing at Golf World. Alone one of their editors. Tim Rostaforte’s sloppy reporting earns him today’s Knucklehead of the Day.

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