Diaz ’75 recently won the 2012 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism
after nearly three decades covering sports for some of the nation’s most
San Francisco native earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University
of San Francisco, where he also played for the men’s golf team all four years.
one of the lucky people who has been able to do what he’s loved for a living,” Diaz
Diaz became editor-in-chief of the weekly Golf World magazine. He has been writing
for Golf Digest and Golf World since 2001. In 30 years writing about
golf, Diaz has covered more than 100 major championships. He previously wrote
for Sports Illustrated, where he launched the Golf Plus section.
Before that, Diaz covered golf for the New York Times. He started in newspapers working as a
copy boy at the Oakland Tribune in the 1970s.
He is a six-time
winner of the Golf Writers Association of America writing contest. “My heroes, even more
than the golfers, have been the journalists whose work continues to both humble
and inspire me,” Diaz said. “Following them has been an honor, and following
many of them as a recipient of this award has been the biggest honor of all.”
collaborated with golf coach Hank Haney on “The Big Miss: My Years Coaching
Tiger Woods,” which was published in March and quickly climbed to No. 1 on the
New York Times Best Seller list.
He is the
author of the book “An Enduring Passion: The Legends and Lore of Golf” and the
co-author of “Hallowed Ground: Golf’s Greatest Places,” “Elements of Scoring: A
Master’s Guide to Playing Your Best When You’re Not Playing Your Best,” and
“The World Golf Hall of Fame.”