The Albatross

Bill Fields
Exploring golf's present and past
Created 06 Mar 2021
  • Woods emerges to talk not tee off
    30 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    More than nine months elapsed before Tiger Woods made substantive public comments following his Feb. 23 car crash in California. An interview with Golf Digest was released Monday, and Tuesday morning ...
  • Lee Elder, 1934-2021
    29 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Late on a spring Sunday afternoon in 1997, a first stopped to greet a first. The young man had been walking fast, en route to Butler Cabin at Augusta National Golf Club to be given a green jacket, the...
  • An update
    28 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Thanks to each of you who have subscribed to The Albatross. For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope it has been a good holiday weekend. After successfully avoiding COVID-19 for a long time, I got...
  • Fall ball with a side of history
    10 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    We’ve had a run of warm, dry weather in southwestern Connecticut, daytime highs that will seem like fantasy soon. When November in New England offers such a gift, photos of mid-south golf posted on so...
  • A milestone LPGA victory
    27 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    I wrote the below story a decade ago in Golf World, but it seems appropriate to share it in the wake of South Korean Jin Young Ko’s victory last weekend in the BMW Ladies Championship in her home coun...
  • When he was 64
    25 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Regardless of what else the astounding Bernard Langer achieves in golf, he won’t forget what happened when he was 64, or to be more precise, 64 years, 1 month and 27 days old, a detail that figures to...
  • Class superlatives
    21 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    You don’t think of Tom Watson with a mustache, but in the fall of 1971 he had one. It’s easy to see why the facial hair didn’t last the way Watson did on the PGA Tour. The ‘stache looked as if it had ...
  • Hitting 20 in Las Vegas
    18 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    This post is for paying subscribers of The Albatross. Thank you for your support, and please tell others whom you might think would be interested in the newsletter. Bill Over the weekend, a tournament...
  • Keeping track of wee putts and such
    14 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    The abundance of statistics and analytics is part of the elite game these days, the fine detail affording golfers and those who observe them an opportunity to delve into the play far beyond the scores...
  • A peek at PineStraw
    08 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    This post is for paying subscribers to The Albatross. The magazine world has changed a lot in recent years as technology and reading habits have evolved. Luckily for folks in the North Carolina Sandhi...
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