Dan Jenkins Bio

Dan Jenkins was born on December 2nd, 1929 and died on March 7th, 2019. He was an American author and sportswriter who often wrote for Sports Illustrated.

Dan Jenkins Quick Bio/Wiki
Age He was born on December 2nd, 1929
Died He died on March 7th, 2019 aged 89
Wife June Jenkins
Children Sons –  Danny and Marty, Daughters – Sally Jenkins

Dan Jenkins Biography

Jenkins was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended R. L. Paschal High School and Texas Christian University (TCU), where he played on the varsity golf team. Jenkins has worked for many publications including the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times Herald, Playboy, and Sports Illustrated, where among other things he covered the 1966, 1967, 1969 and 1971 versions of the college football Game of the Century. He retired in 1985 from Sports Illustrated and began writing books full-time, although he maintained a monthly column in Golf Digest magazine.

Dan Jenkins as a Writer

Larry King has called Jenkins “the quintessential Sports Illustrated writer” and “the best sportswriter in America.” Jenkins wrote numerous works and over 500 articles for Sports Illustrated. In 1972, Jenkins wrote his first novel, Semi-Tough. His daughter Sally Jenkins is a sports columnist for the Washington Post.

Dan Jenkins World Golf Hall

Jenkins was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. He is credited for covering more than 230 major championships in his career, which started in 1948 when he was hired by the Fort Worth Press as a high school student.

Dan Jenkins U.S Open

He covered his first major at the 1951 U.S. Open during which Ben Hogan shot a final-round 67 to win the title. Decades later, Jenkins said it was one of the greatest rounds he’d seen. Jenkins finished second in the Fort Worth city championship in 1955, an accomplishment he shared with Hogan and Byron Nelson.

In 1962, he was hired by Sports Illustrated, where he chronicled the feats of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. When Palmer won the 1961 Masters, Jenkins wrote, “Gary Player of South Africa is the Masters champion because Arnold Palmer was in too big a hurry to win it again.”

Dan Jenkins Golf Digest

Jenkins moved to Golf Digest in 1985, where he spent the rest of his career while writing several books and winning the most prestigious awards bestowed upon sports journalists, including the PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award presented by the PGA of America.

Dan Jenkins & Tiger Woods controversy

In December 2014, Jenkins published an article in Golf Digest titled “My (Fake) interview with Tiger; or how it plays out in my mind.” In the piece, which featured images of a Tiger Woods lookalike in golfing gear, Jenkins mocks Woods’ reputation in an imaginary interview with the athlete. Though the piece was clearly marked as parody, the champion golfer requested an apology from the magazine. Woods stated that the piece “fails as parody, and is really more like a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination.”

Dan Jenkins Awards and honors

  • 2012 PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing
  • 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Category
  • 2013 Red Smith Award
  • 2017 Ring Lardner Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism

Dan Jenkins Death and Cause

TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati confirmed that Dan Jenkins had died on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at the age of 89.

Friends close to Jenkins said his condition over the last three days had taken a turn for the worse and that he died on Thursday.

Dan Jenkins Wife, Children

Jenkins is survived by his wife June, his sons Danny and Marty, and daughter Sally. Jenkins and his wife lived in a nice, small house in west Fort Worth for many years.

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