Sport: Texas Grass Fire

Professional golf is no game for the young. In the last decade, few men have developed the gunner's skills, the confidence and iron nerve of the big-money player before 30, and even then new challengers have been rare; a virtually unchanging set of veterans has been dividing big U.S. purses since World War II. But last week many a winter tournament spectator and most of the pros themselves were betting that a 27-year-old Texan named Jack Burke would crash the charmed circle for good in 1950.

Since New Year's Day, smiling, curly-haired John Joseph Burke Jr. has been burning along like...

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