To Our Readers

By John Flanagan

Saturday, February 6, 1999

The golf gods
were smirking

IT happened on the same Sunday, Jan. 24. David Duval scored the third 59 in PGA history to win the Bob Hope and $540,000. Meanwhile, I hacked solo around the par-3 ''executive'' course at Hawaii Kai Golf Club and paid $9 for the privilege.

Duval said his round was like pitching a perfect game -- except 13 perfect games have been pitched but only three 59s shot. His was the lowest final day score ever to win a PGA tournament. My round wasn't even an imperfect game -- it was a search through a jumble of muscle amnesia, unmatched clubs, lost balls and half-remembered Golf Digest articles for any game at all.

As good as Duval was, however, he didn't shoot a hole in one. I did -- my first ever. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of mentioning it to Joe Edwards, Star-Bulletin sports editor, Monday morning.

Edwards was going on and on about Duval's feat and I said the golf gods were just in a particularly good mood since Duval shot his 59 and I had a hole in one on the same day. Well, Edwards blabbed to Dave Donnelly who put it in his column and everybody I know has been on me about it ever since.

Can't brag, wasn't even keeping score and there were no witnesses. Still, the sight of the white ball landing right where I aimed, bouncing once and tracking unerringly into the hole will stay with me for a long time.

Eat your heart out, Duval.

John Flanagan is editor and publisher of the Star-Bulletin.
To reach him call 525-8612, fax to 523-8509, send
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P.O. Box 3080, Honolulu, Hawaii 96802.

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