Saturday, August 9

Golf Writer Bill Fields Bags 100th Major

Bill Fields
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bill Fields remembers covering his first major golf championship. It was 30 years ago this month, the 1984 PGA Championship at Shoal Creek.

"I think I was lucky to get past that one," Fields said today during a PGA of America ceremony honoring him and golf photographer David Cannon for covering 100 majors. "Storm detection wasn't what it is now and we got caught out there on a Sunday in a very bad storm."

Fields and Cannon reminisced as colleagues, journalists and PGA officials listened and celebrated the two media veterans' many accomplishments and contributions to the sport.

Fields said he began covering the majors as a golf photographer before shifting to a golf writer. As a photographer, he recalled capturing Larry Mize when he won the 1987 Masters in a playoff with Greg Norman.

"That was fun," he said.

Fields also snapped a perfect image of T.C. Chen's tragic double hit at the 1985 U.S. Open.

From a writing standpoint, there have been so many stories through the years, a lot of late Sunday nights on deadline, but another thing that came to his mind was the opportunity to sit down and talk to legends like Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead.

"Our reporting lives were better for getting to do that," Fields said.

Afterward Fields and Cannon were on the other end of the lens as they stood with the PGA's Julius Mason for pictures. People in the room came forward to shake their hands and cake was served to mark the occasion, which was fitting in more ways than one because food is essential to covering golf and especially the majors.

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