The Rain Man of golf: 101-year-old Alister MacKenzie was ‘the Rain Man of golf’

The oldest living PGA Tour member turned 101 last Saturday. But at age 101, Alister MacKenzie is still busy. He visited Golf Digest in Chicago a couple weeks ago to tell his story.

Born July 1, 1906, in New South Wales, Australia, MacKenzie made his pro debut at the age of 80, and before long was playing in tournaments in the U.S. at the age of 86, making the cut in 20 of his 23 appearances.

MacKenzie also helped to popularize the four-hole par-3 concept of Amen Corner, which is credited to Arnold Palmer. “It was an amazing thing to see,” Palmer said. “He was the Rain Man of golf.”

In recent years, MacKenzie has achieved even more notoriety for his dachshund trainer. He helped turn the family dog, Elvis, into a major league star.

Elvis even got in on the recent Ryder Cup action by playing with American captain Davis Love III at Hazeltine. Love’s tee shot got hung up in trees, and he couldn’t get it out before missing a putt to halve the hole. But MacKenzie was right by his side, charging into the trees to rescue Love, even though the “Rain Man” had missed a hole-in-one that day.

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