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kind of bothering me.’ He said, ‘Enjoy it while you can, because it gets a lot worse.’ He didn’t miss it by very far. They just keep creeping in there, all the little aches and pains. I get so much stiffer so quick. I feel like now I almost have to take a practice swing where I never used to, just so I can loosen up a hair.” Morgan still has no set expiration date on tour. The 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship will be staged on his home course at Oak Tree National in Edmond, but he remains uncertain if he will compete in the event at age 67. “I just didn’t know if they allowed walkers out there or not,” Morgan joked. “I’d like to play because it’s right here at home. At the same time, you just never know. I’ll probably try it.” When he finally does retire, Morgan admits he’s not sure what will come next. “I keep wondering what I can do,” he said. “I haven’t really come up specifically with anything I want to do. I thought about teaching a little bit, maybe trying to help high schools or colleges around here, or golf-course design. I haven’t really thought about anything other than golf-related stuff really.”

fore on the regular tour.” When the Champions Tour had 40 or so stops, it gave players a chance to win when prominent figures such as Irwin, Trevino and Morgan took a week off. The senior tour now has 25 stops with a break every three weeks or so. Top players miss fewer stops, making it more difficult for secondtier players to win. “Today, it’s almost the same field every week except for a handful of players,” Morgan said. “Everybody rests at the same time, and everybody plays almost every week. It’s kind of a Catch-22 for the guys. It’s becoming an all-exempt tour. Winning is about the only way to stay on the senior tour if you don’t have enough career money. Almost everybody who comes from the regular tour today has enough money to push somebody else off. It’s a pretty exclusive situation right now, and it’s getting more so every year.” Morgan stills battles aches and pains. Shoulder, neck, back, elbow and knee problems have since been joined by a bad finger, arthritis and tendonitis in the wrist. “When I first got out there, I was talking to this other pro and telling him, ‘My shoulder’s kind of John Rohde is a columnist for The Oklahoman bothering me. My neck and my back are and can be found at

Hogan, from page 23 One of Hogan’s oft-repeated observations was that, “There isn’t enough daylight in any day to practice all the shots you need to.” Another: “Every day you miss practicing, it takes one day longer to be good.” What’s an amateur to make of such daunting comments? Hogan reportedly told one enquirer that the secret to golf could only be found “in the dirt,” meaning through endless practice. In his 2009 tome, Ben Hogan’s Magical Device: The Real Secret to Hogan’s Swing Finally Revealed, Ted Hunt attempted to describe what that secret really was, and he’s back with a sequel of sorts: Ben Hogan’s Short Game Simplified: The Secret to Hogan’s Game From 120 Yards and In (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010, $16.95). For those who respond well to instruction books (I confess that I usually don’t), this covers all the bases--actually starting from the putting surface and moving to 120 yards out--with specialty shots, problem shots and plenty of Hogan anecdotes and photos to sweeten the pot. Tom Bedell is surely out practicing somewhere. in Vermont.


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