Fathers, Sons and Golf: The Journey

By Randy O. Williams
Hall of Fame Golfer Hale Irwin with son Steve
Hall of Fame Golfer Hale Irwin with son Steve

Learning a sport from one's father is a common theme that runs through families -- whether playing catch, shooting hoops, riding a bike or baiting a hook. But perhaps golf, more than any other sport, serves as the extension of the father-taught life lessons -- integrity, fairness and healthy competition. And the reasons may lie in the inherent roots of the game.

Life Lessons Through Golf

Father-Son PGA Team Competition

Golfer Sam Saunders with his grandfather, Arnold Palmer.
Golfer Sam Saunders with his grandfather, Arnold Palmer.

The Importance of Shared Success

Ray Floyd watches the flight of the ball struck by his son, Ray Jr.
Ray Floyd watches the flight of the ball struck by his son, Ray Jr.

About the Author

Randy O. Williams has written for "Sports Illustrated," ESPN.com, "The Los Angeles Times," "Washington Post" and "The Hollywood Reporter," among other publications. He is the author of the book, "Sports Cinema — 100 Movies: The Best of Hollywood’s Athletic Heroes, Losers, Myths and Misfits."

Photo Credits

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