PEBBLE BEACH — In the way some people have a knack for turning lemons into lemonade, Robert Thomas Harper was once misidentified as Robert J. Harper in the sports pages of a Memphis newspaper. His friends called him “RJ” ever since. RJ played on the winningest football team in the history of Rhodes College, and his pass-receiving yards by a running back is a record that still stands. That wasn’t all we heard at the memorial service for the head of golf at the Pebble Beach Company on Tuesday.
I couldn't find Butch Harmon in the World Golf Hall of Fame, so I went looking for him. The last time I saw Butch, he was ranked No. 1 by his peers as the game's best teacher ( view our latest ranking: 50 Best Teachers In America ). The distance between him and the next best has grown like Secretariat in the Belmont Stakes. A better comparison might be Tiger Woods in the 2000 U.S. Open—he won by 15; Butch was coaching him at the time.
On the last Monday in January 2001, on the Metro North train to Grand Central, I read in The New York Times that Golf Digest was going to be sold. The report seemed reliable because we were owned by The New York Times Co. I then walked half a mile to the Times building, where the news was confirmed by CEO Russ Lewis, who asked me to go across the street to Conde Nast to meet the prospective owner, the legendary S.I. Newhouse Jr.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".