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“When you have to be funny is when you’re on deadline and somebody like Jack Fleck creeps up on you,” he said. “That’s when you have to tap dance, because it doesn’t make any sense. We have more and more of that these days, don’t we?”

Jenkins already is in the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and the National Sportscasters and Sports Writers Hall of Fame. He has been longed with the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism, and the Memorial Journalism Award.

Finchem listed all his achievements, including his numerous writing awards, when introducing him on the conference call.

“You left out my cure for polio,” Jenkins replied.