This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
The first event of the fall season has a way of sneaking up on you. The first moment I realized the PGA Tour was back at it was last Thursday afternoon when I noticed the leaderboard atop my ESPN.com page. The next day that same leaderboard caught my eye, but this time for a different reason, because T. Duncan was atop said leaderboard.
My first thought was, of course, Tim Duncan, who, while a Hall of Fame basketball player, could never have made such a quick turnaround onto the PGA Tour. That got me thinking, though. How come there aren't a lot of tall players on the PGA Tour? You'd think that the long wing span would be a huge advantage when it comes to swing speed. We marvel at the smaller guys like Justin Thomas, who somehow generates a huge amount of speed with his swing even though he is just 5-foot-10. A man say, a foot taller, would seem to have a built-in advantage, off the tee anyhow, and there's no reason why a tall man should be any worse with his ball striking or short game, right?
That got me thinking, who was the tallest player in PGA Tour history? By all accounts it was Phil Blackmar at 6-7. Blackmar played from 1985-1997 and won three times, but obviously was never an elite player. And that got me thinking – would I ever get this far off track in the summer, starting with a leaderboard and ending