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R.I.P. Frank Hannigan

It's with a heavy heart that I have to report the passing of Frank Hannigan. I'll be collecting some thoughts on this great man and occasional contributor to this site.

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This is certainly a shock. Didn't he post on this site just earlier this week?

I always enjoyed his appearances in the ABC booth when that network carried the U.S. Open. Unflinching in his assessment of the rules.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
Very sad. I hope Golf Digest puts together a collection of some of his great quotes. I recall a column criticizing USGA's too-many exemptions to Open saying there was a big market for nostalgia, and you could make a lot of money remaking National Velvet with an overweight Elizabeth Taylor hobbling the horse.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMedia driven
A great tree has fallen.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
@Ben - yes, he was commenting on the US Women's Open situation - on Wednesday I believe. RIP.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
I have had a few ''I'm right and you're wrongs'' with Frank, and I truly respected every cotton picking wrong opinion of his.

I have lost 2 personal friends in the last month, and while I didn't know Frank, I knew Frank; his passing tugs at me very deeply, as much as these lost compadres. Damn.

Via con Dios, Sir. You are a great man, and you will be missed.

03.22.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Mr. Hannigan was a real steward of the game. Along with P.J. Boatwright, one of the best Rules guys anywhere. He gave more to the game than he every received. He was very much responsible for the U.S.G.A. taking the U.S. Open to Pebble Beach for the first time in 1972. And If not mistaken, he was still involved in the next two U.S. Opens there as well.

And while some are discussing slow play on another blog, we offer this from Mr. Hannigan:

May he R.I.P. He was admired by many. And respected by all.
RIP all accolades deserved.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo Longer
Oh, no! I edited Frank Hannigan's columns at Golf Magazine after he left the USGA. Peper came into my office and said "I've figured out our new columnist—Frank Hannigan." Brilliant move. We argued everything, but we constantly laughed our asses off. I once faxed him a "form" called an "Intention To Bicker Statement." He had to check a box for either "I do intend to bicker" or "I do not intend to bicker." No prizes for guessing which. Last saw him at Royal County Down during British Senior Open many years ago in the driveway of the Slieve Donard Hotel. He was with Sal Johnston. "Ra-a-a-bin, what are you doing here???" he rasped. Last "talked" to him not really that long ago, via e-mail, when he reminded me of the time I ran into on a hot summer evening on Broadway and 109th in Monringside Heights, near where I live. He was with his wife (think they were separated). I stood there holding two grocery bags and just said "What the hell are you doing here???" Believe his wife was a bit of a community activist who lived on W109th. Never, ever a dull moment with Frank Hannigan. One of the greats.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobin McMillan
As with many of those commenting, I didn't agree with every opinion he voiced. But whenever he spoke or wrote something, you knew it would be incisive, trenchant, and bullshit-free.
To me he came off on television as somewhat of a curmudgeon, and this was something I really enjoyed.
Agree with digs, even if you didn't know him personally, the guy that was on the tv screen was the real Frank Hannigan, and it made you feel like you knew him.
Condolences to his family.
He'll be missed by many.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
oh man, what a good person.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.. as we say in Ireland (May he be at God's right-hand)
A true Legend of the Game.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterIrish Golf Nut
Tough week for golf.

RIP, Frank.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
My deepest condolences to his family.

Mr. Hannigan was a great man and he loved the game of golf. He was a family friend and directly responsible for me getting my first job in the golf business 25+ years ago. I am forever grateful.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGregglink
Condolences to family and friends. A great friend of the game.

Called him once in advance of a U.S. Senior Open for information on its start, and got this line when I asked if the change in eligibility from age 55 to 50 for the second edition was to make one Arnold Palmer, age 51, eligible: "Isn't every rule designed for Arnold Palmer?"
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Bell
RIP Frank.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Really nice remembrance by Judy Rankin on tonight's LPGA event. Must be hard to go on with the show with a close friend passing that way, let alone going on air with her thoughts. A Pro.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
When it comes to fresh air, Frank's voice was the polar vortex. If there was such a thing as the czar of world golf, he would have been my first choice.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
Golf is better for having Frank helping to look after it.

03.22.2014 | Unregistered Commenterrgw
USGA could use him back. A great leader.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Malloy
What a shame. Seemed like a really important cog in golfs wheel.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChico
Well, damn. Several years ago he emailed me through our host about something I wrote here. I had to ask Geoff if this was really the Frank Hannigan. Couldn't really believe it, but yes. Who is this Ky Laffoon's Ghost, he wanted to know. Very nice exchange of views, it was. Our Game has lost a stalwart. We are better off for having him. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Very sad day. Very sad week. But Wendell Berry writes somewhere that it is not a tragedy when someone dies at the end of a long, well lived life. RIP, Letter from Saugerties.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Nice summary, Ky.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Nobody ever had a better sense of what was best for the Game than Frank Hannigan.
He helped build the brand, one that was the best in sport.
Was privileged to work with him on many occasions.
Frank Hannigan…Bill Campbell…the best in golf for sure. Both missed for sure.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered Commentergolfdinosaurrr
Very sorry to hear this. What a voice and personality on the US Open broadcasts, his columns in Golf Digest, and his Letters here. A great loss for the game. RIP.
03.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKevin part deux
Fitting words, all.

Because my knowledge of FH is less than many here, I thank Pro for referencing Hannigan's take on slow play which resulted in this laugher of comment.

"8. Bad USGA Example: Never, in the history of USGA championships, has Rule 6-7 , calling for a penalty for “undue delay,” been invoked.

Observation: Sigh."

Anyone as strongly connected to the game as Mr. Hannigan was and who had the balls to write something like that is, IMHO, going to be sorely missed. RIP
03.23.2014 | Unregistered Commentermeefer

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