If any one player personifies the combination of effortless ease, flawless technique and hidden competitive fire, it was Julius Boros.
Everything about the phlegmatic former accountant conveyed relaxation and imperturbability. But when an opportunity to win a championship was on the line, few converted as efficiently or as briskly as Boros.
Boros never took a practice swing, and didn’t tarry on the greens. “Julius wasn’t the kind of man who bent over too much,” said Dave Marr with his trademark pith. “He was slowest and fastest,” wrote Golf Digest editor Jerry Tarde. “Slowest walking to the ball and fastest once he got to it.”
Although he did not turn professional until the age of 29, and despite suffering from physical maladies all his life, Boros put together a career that was remarkable for its consistency, longevity and brilliance. He won 18 times between 1952 and 1968, including three Major Championships. He was PGA Player of the Year in 1952 and 1963, led the money list in 1952 and 1955 and played on four Ryder Cup teams.