“Underrated” has been following Billy Casper around for years. Casper was a great player who many people either haven’t heard of or don’t know much about.
Today at Legends of Golf when they introduced Billy on the first tee, his list of accomplishments was so long that he stood with one hand on his hip staring off into the distance until the Tour official finally finished.
“Where’d you get all that stuff?” he asked in mock frustration. The small gallery chuckled.
All that stuff. Let me run it down for you. 51 PGA Tour wins. Three majors, including two U.S. Opens and a Masters. Eight Ryder Cup teams. Five Vardon trophies. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Later, instead of talking about his golf “stuff,” Billy wanted to tell me a fishing story about Howie Johnson. We were in the players’ dining room. Fred Hawkins was seated between us. Howie was on my left.
I told Howie I’d pick him up at 5:30 a.m., Casper said. “Wear something old.” Early the next morning Casper finds Howie decked out in a cashmere sweater, slacks and alligator loafers. I told you to wear something old, Casper said. It’s all I have, Howie replied. And off they went.
The stories continued throughout the afternoon, first in the players’ dining room and later at the Westin where the players are staying this week. They may not be able to play the way they used to, but meeting legends like Casper, hanging out with them, and hearing their stories is well worth the trip.
−The Armchair Golfer