Herbert Warren Wind, 88, a golf writer who originated the term "Amen Corner" to describe a series of holes at Augusta National, the site of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., died May 30 of pneumonia at a nursing facility in Bedford, Mass.
The author of 14 books on golf and other topics, and a writer for the New Yorker magazine for nearly 40 years, Mr. Wind may be best known for an article in the April 21, 1958, issue of Sports Illustrated. In that piece, he wrote of a difficult section of Augusta National "down in the Amen Corner where Rae's Creek intersects the 13th fairway near the tee, then parallels the front edge of the green on the short 12th and finally swirls alongside the 11th green."
The phrase, which Mr. Wind took from a jazz recording by Mezz Mezzrow, "Shouting at the Amen Corner," came to symbolize the majesty and tradition of the course where the Masters is contested each April.
"I have no idea how the name caught on," Mr. Wind later said. "To be candid, I am delighted that it did. To be connected even in the flimsiest way with a course like Augusta National and a tournament like the Masters is good for the soul."
A courtly man of wide learning, Mr. Wind learned to play golf as a boy in Massachusetts and became passionately devoted to the game while he was a graduate student at England's Cambridge University in the late 1930s. Even in the hottest weather, he cut a dramatic figure on the course, carrying his notebook and walking stick, always wearing a tie, tweed jacket and cap.
He considered golf the hardest game to master and modeled his writing after that of the British golf journalist Bernard Darwin. Mr. Wind wrote for the New Yorker from 1947 to 1953 and again from 1960 to 1990; in the interim years, he worked for Sports Illustrated.
Besides his articles about golf, which were collected in several books, he also wrote about baseball, tennis, socialites, architects and political figures. He also wrote a book about the British comic novelist P.G. Wodehouse.
Mr. Wind was born in Brockton, Mass., graduated from Yale University and received a master's degree in 1939 from Cambridge. He was a captain in the Army Air Forces during World War II. A skillful golfer himself, he participated in the 1950 British Amateur tournament.
As a journalist, he covered Ben Hogan's remarkable victory in the 1950 U.S. Open, as he came back from a near-fatal car accident the year before and won four more major tournaments from 1951 to 1953. He wrote about Arnold Palmer's stirring comeback victory in the 1960 Masters, as well as Jack Nicklaus's stunning Masters win in 1986 at age 46.
Mr. Wind said the greatest golf tournament he ever witnessed was the 1977 British Open, as Nicklaus shot 66 and 66 on the final two days, only to be beaten by Tom Watson, who shot 66 and 65.
Over the years, Mr. Wind became close friends with many of the leading golfers of the 20th century, including Francis Ouimet, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Nicklaus and Hogan. He collaborated with Hogan on "Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf" (1957), an instructional book that still sells well.
Mr. Wind named Hogan and Nicklaus as the finest golfers he had ever seen compete. But he considered Bobby Jones, who retired in 1930 and later designed the course at Augusta National, in a class by himself.
"Of all the people I have met in sports -- or out -- Jones came the closest to being what we call a great man," Mr. Wind said in a 2001 interview with the Boston Globe.
Mr. Wind never married and leaves no immediate survivors.