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Who Are Those Guys, Anyway?
Rick Reilly
March 03, 1986
Well, they re the new stars of the PGA Tour, which means a lot of people are pining for the old ones
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March 03, 1986

Who Are Those Guys, Anyway?

Well, they re the new stars of the PGA Tour, which means a lot of people are pining for the old ones

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That's all fine, until he gets to the press tent, which is never. Because Beman fined him $500 two years ago for calling a New Orleans tournament volunteer "a bitch," O'Grady doesn't make appearances in the press tent. "I do it to embarrass [Beman]," O'Grady says.

But for a guy who doesn't speak to the press, O'Grady sure has a lot to say. Like Martha Mitchell, he talks to select reporters after hours:

On Beman: "I told Deane... 'I'm going to rip you every chance I get.. You think you're above the game? You think you're above the Bill of Rights?' "

On the tour's top pros: "I told them if I didn't start getting some support...I would start going after them."

On Riviera's greens: "Like putting over a waffle iron."

And when Jim Colbert pondered aloud, "I wish Mac would straighten up," O'Grady rained down upon him. "Let me tell you something about Jim Colbert," he fumed in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. "He owns all these golf courses and homes and cars.... Take a look at Colbert's record. He hasn't won enough to own all of those things."

And what exactly did that mean?

"I don't want to say he's a crook," said O'Grady, "but there are some players with better records who have won more money but still can't afford what he has. He's one of Deane's yes-men. He's Deane's water boy."

Colbert, who has won $1.4 million on the tour, was taken aback by O'Grady's remarks, which he read on his flight home from L.A. to Las Vegas on Sunday night. "I was shocked he took after me like that," Colbert said. "Nobody's ever questioned my integrity. Mac's a pretty intelligent guy. He's got nothing to gain by being mad at Jim Colbert."

Although Colbert owns a company that manages golf courses, he does not own the courses. And on the subject of houses, he said, "I have two houses. I only want one, but I can't sell the other one."

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