The Associated Press' Doug Ferguson upholds golf's tradition of great sportswriting.
As a golf fan and connoisseur of newspaper writing, I savor Ferguson's accounts of tournaments such as last weekend's Genesis Invitational at famed Riviera in Los Angeles. Ferguson has been covering regular tour tournaments, the four majors and events like the Ryder Cup since 1998.
Not only does he write daily articles, he also gives Twitter updates and produces a weekly column, "On the Fringe."
Working under deadline pressure, Ferguson covers 28 tournaments a year. He received the prestigious PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism in 2019, following AP predecessors Bob Green and Ron Sirak.
Not yet 60, Ferguson shows no signs of burnout. With his heavy workload, Ferguson delivers the nuts and bolts with literary style.
After watching young Max Homa's playoff victory Sunday over Tony Finau on CBS, I was eager to read Ferguson's report in the AJC on the tournament's finish.
I wasn't disappointed; Ferguson visually captured the drama of Homa's win. His piece recalled Herbert Warren Wind's reports on major tournaments that used to run in the New Yorker.
Ferguson's work is more prevalent as newspapers devote less attention to golf. He's one of the few writers still following the tour week to week. Even The New York Times and Washington Post have reduced their regular coverage of the sport.
CBS, NBC and the Golf Channel extensively televise golf. But a tournament is not history until Ferguson's story appears.