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A Literary Light has Gone Out - Herbert Warren Wind

We at the Shivas Irons Society would like to acknowledge the passing of Herbert Warren Wind, one of golf's greatest writers, who died earlier this week of complications from pneumonia. He was 88 years of age.

Wind, whose brilliant prose appeared for 43 years in The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated, was renowned for his lengthy profiles and in-depth descriptions of people and events, written in a leisurely and literate style that is rarely seen in today's fast-paced world where the immediacy of television and the internet have, for the most part, replaced newspapers and magazines as the media cornerstones of sports reporting.

It was Wind who coined the phrase "Amen Corner" at August National, when writing about Arnold Palmer's dramatic victory in the 1958 Masters.

Please visit our website at Herbert Warren Wind for a personal reflection from Al Barkow, editor of The Journal of the Shivas Irons Society, who was well acquainted with Wind and, like most modern writers, strongly influenced by his body of work.