It's almost a cliche that golf is "a game for a lifetime."
But how many champions of other sports devote their entire lives to the game for decades after their playing careers end?
At 95, Jackie Burke, Jr. is still going to work most every day, overseeing Champions Golf Club, the Houston haven for great golfers he and fellow major champion Jimmy Demaret founded in 1957.
One of many accomplished players who spend time at Champions (the membership comprises a very high number of single-digit handicaps) is Hal Sutton, whose PGA Tour career included a victory in the 1983 PGA Championship and 13 other wins, including a Players Championship. He also (in)famously captained the 2004 United States Ryder Cup squad.
Earlier this summer, Golf Advisor Editor-at-Large Matt Ginella sat down with each of these gentlemen to talk about Champions Golf Club's unique position in the game, their respective careers and much more. Their interviews were part of a two-part video series on the city for Golf Channel's Morning Drive. But Ginella spoke with both Burke Jr. and Sutton for an extended period of time, and each interview revealed plenty more worth sharing.
Check out the episode below.
Some highlights from the episode:
Burke takes Ginella back to the start of his career in golf at the age of nine years old.
Ginella and Burke discuss the genesis and philosophy behind Champions Golf Club.
Burke, one of the all-time great putters, shares a few valuable pieces of advice, including one he gave a young Jack Nicklaus.
Ginella and Sutton discuss Burke's deep impact on Sutton's own life and development as a golfer.
Sutton takes Ginella through Champions Golf Club's near-unparalleled history of hosting big-time tournament golf.
Ginella and Sutton reflect back on Sutton's controversial decision to pair Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson together in the 2004 Ryder Cup.
You can view the original video segments featuring Burke Jr. and Sutton here: