Garry Harvey may have the most famous hands in golf.
Anyone who's watched the closing moments of the British Open has seen them; the calluses on the right index finger and thumb are telltale signs that he's played his share of golf. But there's another reason. Like his father before him, Harvey is the man who engraves the name of the winner on the base of the claret jug.
Asking the 58-year-old, soft-spoken Scotsman to pick a favorite out of the field elicits little more than a wry smile.
''Preferably a short name,'' he said, ''with a four-shot lead.''
The Open granted one of those wishes last year, when Ernie Els lifted the slim silver trophy aloft on the 18th green at Royal Lytham. The only drawback is that Harvey couldn't put pencil to metal - he traces the name before etching so much as a line - until Adam Scott's 7-foot par putt on the last hole slid past the cup just moments earlier.
''You usually only have five to 10 minutes max to do the deal and cram it all in,'' he sai...