He won 51 professional golf tournaments during his legendary career, earning him a spot as seventh on the list of the sport's all-time greats. And he went on to win eight more times on the Senior tour and design golf courses across the country. Where did Billy Casper get his start? Hint: he was wearing Navy blue.
Ask the folks in my generation to describe their notion of an ideal duty assignment for a hitch in the military, and some joker might well yell out: "Spending the whole time playing golf!"
Well, that really happened to me, and much to my surprise, the military was a terrific training ground. It taught me a lot about how to be a professional golfer and a lot about how to get along in the world. They're lessons I've found useful throughout my career.
Golf entered my life long before I put on a uniform. I was four when I gripped my first club-on a makeshift course in a cow pasture on my grandfather's ranch in Arizona. My dad had built three holes, and he and my uncle would practice their shots after they finished their chores. I had plenty of opportunity to watch and to play. By the time I was 17, I was on my way to becoming a pro.