THURSDAY  | SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
by Dave Seanor

In a couple of months, we’ll learn whether the European Tour is all talk, no action.

Meanwhile, the Euro Tour this week offers a glimpse of its much-ballyhooed “four-point plan to tackle slow play” at the BMW PGA Championship, where a trial of the tour’s new pace-of-play timing system will feature on-tee displays that provide players with real-time information on their position in relation to the group in front.

 


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by Alex Miceli

Rory McIlroy might be the No. 2-ranked player in the world, but he’s clearly on the top of the list of the most forthcoming interviews in golf.

Like Brooks Koepka, the man atop the Official World Golf Ranking, McIlroy is unafraid to say what he thinks and is willing to back it up, if necessary.

McIlroy has two key concerns with golf: slow play and the major-championship schedule.

 


by Alex Miceli

European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington named Sweden’s Robert Karlsson as the team’s first assistant captain on Wednesday at the BMW PGA Championship.

Though Karlsson’s selection was not a surprise, Harrington shared some insight about how he will select his team after the 2020 BMW PGA for the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

 


Official had rules on his side, if only he had acted
Why does a tour official think that he needed to inform either player before Danielle Kang and Carlota Ciganda putted out on the 16th hole Sunday in the Solheim Cup of Kang’s would-be penalty for slow play? (“Slow play, slower ruling clouds Solheim,” Sept. 18).

The rule in match play is that an infringement needs to be enforced only before either player tees off on the next hole, not before the other player takes her next stroke. So, even if Ciganda had missed the putt, or even three-putted to lose the hole, she would have been given the win on the next tee, and both players would have known the score before playing 17, which is the point.

 


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Number of professional tournaments that England’s Paul Casey has won at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England, site of this week’s BMW PGA Championship. Casey, 42, won the 2006 HSBC World March Play and the 2009 BMW PGA at the suburban London site.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Kicking the tires
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude dive into a potpourri of topics, from golf’s latest version of a youth movement to whether an aging legend should serve as a player/captain.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Chile's Joaquin Niemann enters the record books with his first PGA Tour victory, at age 20. Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss the youth movement on Tour. Plus, a preview of the Sanderson Farms Championship, and Morning Read's Alex Miceli recaps the Solheim Cup.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Golftec has opened an instruction and club-fitting center in Westminster, Colo. The store, located at 1885 W. 120th Ave., was relocated from the Golftec site on Sheridan Boulevard in suburban Denver.

 

Aon, a professional-services firm, has entered a multiyear agreement to become a worldwide partner of the Ryder Cup. Beginning at next year’s Ryder Cup matches, Aon will introduce an award that celebrates the defining moments at the biennial matches.

 

Golf Channel will televise tournaments from three major professional tours this weekend. The network will air live coverage of the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship and the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship, beginning today. Tape-delayed coverage of the Champions Tour’s Sanford International will begin Friday.

 

Ahead will introduce five ornamentation techniques for its spring lineup of headwear. Three of the techniques – Cambridge, Greenwich and Chatham – have been designed specifically for cotton headwear.

 

Lamkin Golf’s UTx grips will be installed on Callaway Golf’s 2020 Jaws MD5 wedges, the grip maker announced. The UTx model comes in blue or black options with the Callaway wedges.

 


CALENDAR
September 14-19
Men’s amateur: U.S. Mid-Amateur

Colorado GC, Parker, Colo.

Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Forest Highlands GC, Flagstaff, Ariz.

September 19-22
European: BMW PGA Championship

Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, England

PGA Tour: Sanderson Farms Championship

CC of Jackson (Miss.)

September 20-22
Champions: Sanford International

Minnehaha CC, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Symetra: Guardian Championship

RTJ Golf Trail (Capitol Hill), Prattville, Ala.


      
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