One last Walker Cup memory

Morgan Hoffman hits a shot on the fifth hole during Saturday morning's foursomes at the Walker Cup. Hoffman and partner Brian Harman beat GB&I's Wallace Booth and Sam Hutsby, 2 and 1.
Morgan Hoffman hits a shot on the fifth hole during Saturday morning's foursomes at the Walker Cup. Hoffman and partner Brian Harman beat GB&I's Wallace Booth and Sam Hutsby, 2 and 1. ( Associated Press )

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Finally got around to cleaning out my back pack today after a week at the Walker Cup, only to be reminded of one of the funnier moments of the week at Merion.

Standing near the 18th green Sunday afternoon during the American team’s victory celebration, I watched as a few children approached Morgan Hoffmann with Sharpie markers and their Walker Cup programs opened up to his profile page. Hoffmann signed each program, then shook his head and shrugged his shoulders.

“What can you do?” he said.

From a few feet away, it looked as if Hoffmann had been signing on a picture of Brian Harman. Turns out, he was.

Perhaps going down as one of the only mistakes all week on the U.S. side of things, the Walker Cup program featured a picture of Harman (circa 2005 Walker Cup) where Hoffmann’s picture should have been.

Being on the journalism side of things myself, I know mistakes happen.

I just can only imagine how big of a collector’s item those three progams might become if either Harman or Hoffmann – who were actually paired together and won their match in Saturday morning foursomes – ever win a major.