Billy Casper in the house
This is the week where golf’s red-carpet legends turn out in droves. The first sighting came on Tuesday morning in the Ryder Cup Pro Shop when Billy Casper showed up to sign his new book, “The Big Three and Me.”
Holder of 51 PGA Tour titles, three majors, 5 Vardon Trophies, and holder of a Ryder Cup record 23½ total points in eight appearances, Casper is as spry and engaging as ever at age 81. His book chronicles an extraordinary Hall of Fame career, and the interaction he had with golf’s Big Three: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. As a contemporary, Casper is the oft forgotten member of that foursome, but his career is just as compelling.
He is also a devout Mormon. And his book also chronicles his faith journey and the challenges of balancing family, church, and an athletic career.
“This was the perfect time to tell this story,” he said. “All the right pieces had to be in place, and they finally are.”
Fans lined up to the pro shop door to meet Casper and buy his memoirs. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
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