My column on Stephen Ames is one of my favourites in recent memory. Though he took a week to track down, Stephen was Stephen — interesting, candid,frustrating and fascinating. I’ll post some of the quotes that didn’t make the story later. I particularly like his comment later in the story about that “FedEx crap.”
Here’s a taste:
Stephen Ames is a bit of a conundrum.
He is a golfer who will dissect every minute element of his swing, yet yearns to spend more time with his wife and children. He will skip practice rounds at a golf tournament to work with his coach instead – and still win the event, as he did at last year’s Children’s Miracle Classic in Florida. (He will do the same before this year’s tournament, which runs next week). And at a time in his life when most on the PGA Tour see their games decline, Ames thinks he is poised to win a major.
It is typical Ames. The Calgary resident has always forged his own way, and spoken what is on his mind. It has garnered him the reputation as a loose cannon, but his steady play – this is the third year he has earned more than US$2-million – has placed him among golf’s most consistent performers. He has even been invited to play in Tiger Woods’ 16-player Chevron World Challenge the week before Christmas.
It has been a “productively steady” year, Ames says.
“I had good opportunities of winning and when I didn’t win I still held my own,” he says. “I didn’t fall apart completely. That is a good year.”
The full column is here.