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April 5 2011

4:36 PM

Burke holds court

By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Oh, the stories they could tell.

Oh, the stories they do tell.

Like Tuesday morning when Jack Burke, Jr., and Bob Goalby got to talking about everything from the gusting winds -- similar Burke said to the winds they played in here in the 1950 ("They're cyclical,'' he said) to a way-back-in-the-day event in Indianapolis which was played around the Indy 500. A portion of the course was inside the racetrack area, so the players took race day off and got front row seats to the show.

"After the race,  they'd pull out cars and light up the holes and clean things up -- bottle caps, chicken bones,'' Goalby said. "It was a quick turnaround.''

All of which of course, led to a story about Doug Ford and Jerry Barber. And a good Burke quip '' Jerry Barber and Doug Ford were so good they could get up and down from a ballwasher.''

A few minutes later, they retreated to the locker rooms where Burke, whose 1956 Green Jacket came in vicious winds, held court on . . . well, if you could only be a fly on the wall.

As for the wind? Burke said this wasn't anything. When he won here in 1956, he couldn’t reach the fourth green in the final round. He hit driver, then wedge. Middlecoff, who finished third that year and was second in 1948 and 1959, watched Burke's shot, then pulled out a driver,  misjudged the wind and flew it over the trees and onto Berckmans Road.

Like we say, a fly.

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