Golf, Track & Field: The Old Cat-o'-Nine-Tails


It was no trial at all for well-bred Britons to keep a stiff upper lip all the way through Dunkirk, the Blitz and Suez. But through eight straight losses to the U.S. in the Walker Cup—now really, chaps, that was a bit much to ask. Englishmen take their golf seriously; after all, they practically invented the game. Actually, it was the Scots—but surely the Empire still stretches that far?

This year the British decided to go after the Walker Cup in earnest. They scheduled the matches for Ailsa, a 7,025-yd. course at Turnberry,...

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