My three all-time favorite golfers:

• Seve Ballesteros. His greatness faded too early, but there was never a grander thrill ride on a championship course than with Seve.

• Lee Trevino. No, it wasn't the "Merry Mex'' personae. I loved the low ball flight, the putting stroke, the way Trevino could make the ball dance when near a green.

• Tom Lehman. Walking with his dad, the wonderful Jim Lehman, at major events was as much enjoyment as you could have as a sports writer.