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Of Mr. X and 'Bye Bye Birdie' and Feherty

on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 10:44am
By Scott Michaux

Heard a great little Miller Barber story yesterday on the day of his passing. Here's a mildly cleaned up version.

 

The story starts on a shuttle bus at some California tournament.

 

David Feherty gets on the shuttle and shares the ride with a prominent tour caddie. The ever irreverent Feherty asks the caddie who his golfing idols were growing up. It elicits the typical response of subjects: Nicklaus, Palmer, etc.

 

"Mine was Miller Barber," Feherty says. "Because in his prime, he spent the night with Ann-Margaret."

 

Then Feherty nudges the shuttle driver with his elbow and said, "Isn't that right, Miller?"

 

Barber -- who won 11 times on the PGA Tour and 24 more times on the Senior circuit -- took a hand from the wheel and gave a thumbs up.

 

Rest in peace, Mr. X.