Golf writing lost one of its most accomplished and revered journalists on Thursday night as Dan Jenkins passed away in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. He was 89.
A career that spanned covering majors from 1951 to 2018 led to his induction in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
Jenkins covered more than 200 majors in his lengthy career, a mark that he figured encompassed nearly five years of his life.
I just figured out that I’ve spent almost five years of my life just covering majors. If you count other tournaments, that’s another five or six years. Then there’s the football and the ski racing. Most of the time, it never felt like work. Guess what: I’d have paid them to do it
— Dan Jenkins (@danjenkinsgd) August 10, 2018
He wrote most notably for Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest over more-than-half-century on the golf beat. Aside from his work on the golf beat, Jenkins was the author of more than 20 books, including his most famous, “Dead Solid Perfect.”
Jenkins is survived by his wife June, sons Danny and Marty and daughter Sally, who has followed in her father’s footsteps in journalist as a columnist for The Washington Post.