On the whole, Americans are a fun-loving bunch. A more contemporary work-hard, play-hard attitude has replaced the old Protestant work ethic. And if the numbers coming in from emergency rooms are any indication, Americans are indeed playing hard — very hard. Roughly 14.7 million visits …

Only four players — Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus — have won more U.S. Opens than the three claimed by Hale Irwin. In fact, along with those four (who won four Open titles apiece), Irwin is the only other man with …