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Golf Magazine Interview with Tom Weiskopf

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After leading a tour of all 18 holes, the 1973 British Open champion sat down with Golf Magazine at Tom's Tavern, part of the Silverleaf Club, one of his many Scottsdale designs. Weiskopf reflected on some of his greatest achievements in public-access design, including Top 100 You Can Play stalwarts Troon North in Arizona and Forest Dunes in Michigan. The conversation veered from Weiskopf's design philosophy to his wildly uneven playing career to his battle with drinking. He also fielded the question of why -- with 16 career wins and one major trophy -- he's not in the Hall of Fame. If that can't get the Inferno raging, nothing can.

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I read an article on Tom Weiskopf years ago which he described playing a round of golf by himself late in the day. He hit a stray shot and while walking through the brush he fell into a quick sand/ sink hole. In a short time he sank in the quick sand past his waist. Every effort to move to the side and pull himself up was met with sinking deeper into the quicksand. He said he yelled for help but nobody heard him. Sinking deeper as every second ticked by he realized the end was near so he made a last ditch effort to reach for a limb/root around the edge. Slowly he pulled himself up a little at a time. He said it took every ounce of energy he had to pull himself out of the quicksand. Years later as he reflected on the near death experience he said he still remained visibly shaken.

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