Jeff Babineau

Babineau is an experienced and authoritative competition writer who has watched and interviewed the great players, been to the world’s breathtaking golf courses, and waxed about all things golf for three decades. He has been on the ground at more than 90 majors, including 25 Masters and 11 Ryder Cups. His “locals” on the golf beat at the Orlando Sentinel in the 1990s included Ernie Els, Payne Stewart, Corey Pavin, Mark O’Meara, Lee Janzen, Nick Price and, in 1996, a PGA Tour rookie named Eldrick “Tiger” Woods (Babineau has witnessed each of Woods’ 15 major titles). In 1998, Babineau embarked on a 19-year career as editor, deputy editor and columnist at Golfweek. He actually had a golf game once upon a time, too, winning a club championship at Dennis (Mass.) Pines en route to (unsuccessfully) walking on at Florida Southern College, the little Harvard of the South.

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While tournament prize purses continue to increase, even more important may be the growing number of playing opportunities aspiring professionals are being presented