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Oldest PGA Tour rookie is glad he kept in the swing of things
Oldest PGA Tour rookie is glad he kept in the swing of things

There was just enough time — a minute or two — for Byron Smith to think. That's not always a good thing in golf, but he could not help himself. A morning sun rode low over the Napa hills, casting its sheen across a course still wet with dew. The fairway that unfurled before him ran long and straight, a ribbon of bright green bordered by darker oak and pine. Smith pondered the unlikely journey that had brought him to this place. Dabbling in the sport as a young man. Quitting in college, only to find his way back. Now let's see what you can do, he thought. After more than a decade of grinding away in the sport's minor leagues, a vagabond playing tournaments...

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