The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - By Leonard Shapiro

Arnold Palmer fa­mously de­scribed golf as “de­cep­tively sim­ple and end­lessly com­pli­cated. It sat­is­fies the soul and frus­trates the in­tel­lect. It is at the same time re­ward­ing and mad­den­ing — and it is with­out a doubt the great­est game mankind has ever in­vented.” Yet many Amer­i­cans could take it or leave it. Golf, they might agree, is a good walk spoiled. With the PGA Cham­pi­onship, the last of golf’s four ma­jors, con­clud­ing Sun­day at Quail Hol­low Club in Char­lotte, and with the pres­i­dent in the midst of a va­ca­tion at his golf club in Bed­min­ster, N.J., it seems a good mo­ment to de­bunk some of the myths about this po­lar­iz­ing game.


From left, Reps. Her­bert Tay­lor (N.J.), Al­bert Vestal (Ind.) and Wil­liam Coyle (Pa.) at the Chevy Chase Club in 1926.

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