FRIDAY  | SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

The Ryder Cup is seven days away, so as I watch the Tour Championship here and imagine I’m U.S. captain Jim Furyk, I’m smiling. I can’t help it.

I know one round of golf means nothing in the grand scheme. Any of my Ryder Cup players can turn on a dime and shoot 62, as Tiger Woods did at Aronimink two weeks ago.

 



by Adam Schupak

It may be only Week 3 of the NFL season, but don't tell that to Hollis Cavner, the longtime tournament organizer of several PGA Tour and Champions Tour events. As far as he is concerned, the Sanford International is going to be Super Bowl Sunday for the Great Plains.

Today at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, S.D., marks the state’s Champions Tour debut, and it's a big deal to residents (tee times). It's also a throwback to the early barnstorming days of the senior circuit and proof that while the roundbelly tour may never steal headlines from Tiger Woods and the PGA Tour like it did in the era of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, it still lives on as the world's greatest corporate outing.

 


Keep it simple for Tour Championship
It seems too simple to me. The top 30 players have played well to get to the Tour Championship. Let them start off all even. Whoever plays the best, wins (“Tour lives up to hype in year of surprises,” Sept. 20).

Too simple. This is not a member-guest tournament. It is the playoffs.

 


27-8

Length, in feet and inches, of the eagle putt that American Tiger Woods made on the 18th hole for a share of the lead in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Woods, who bogeyed the first hole, shot 5-under 65 to set the pace with countryman Rickie Fowler in the final event of the PGA Tour’s 2017-18 season. American Gary Woodland and England’s Justin Rose stood third at 66 in the 30-man field. Woods, 42, who returned to golf this year after a fourth back surgery, is seeking his first victory in more than five years (scores).

 


Released: By the Web.com Tour, its 2019 schedule. The developmental tour will stage 27 tournaments in 17 U.S. states and four foreign nations, beginning in January in the Bahamas. Like the PGA Tour, the Web.com Tour will reduce its number of playoffs from four to three and wrap up ahead of the football season. The tour’s season will end on Labor Day with the Web.com Tour Championship (schedule).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: All riled up
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts throw a few punches at the recently announced FedEx Cup changes ... and do a little sparring themselves.


Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
The PGA Tour made some big changes for next season’s playoffs, adding millions to an already overflowing pot of gold. Justin Thomas shares his thoughts. Also, Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. preview the Ryder Cup, and Mark Rolfing predicts the winner as part of his Voices of the Game interview with Kelly Elbin on GolfLifeNavigators.com.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Golf Life Navigators reported that virtually all of its Showcase Clubs in the Carolinas are open after Hurricane Florence struck the region recently. Within the GLN network, only Forest Creek Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C., sustained enough damage to affect operations. One of Forest Creek’s two clubs will be closed until October. GLN’s other Showcase Clubs in the region were open for play.

 


CALENDAR
September 20-23
Web.com Tour: Tour Championship

Atlantic Beach (Fla.) CC

PGA Tour: Tour Championship

East Lake GC, Atlanta

European Tour: Portugal Masters

Dom Pedro Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal

September 21-23
Champions: Sanford International

Minnehaha CC, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Symetra Tour: Guardian Championship

Capitol Hill GC, Prattville, Ala.

September 22-27
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Norwood Hills CC, St. Louis

Men’s amateur: U.S. Mid-Amateur

Charlotte (N.C.) CC

September 24-25
Junior boys/girls: Junior Ryder Cup

Disneyland Paris, Magny-le-Hongre, France


      
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