WEDNESDAY  | FEBRUARY 20, 2019
by Mike Purkey

If J.B. Holmes isn’t the slowest player on the PGA Tour, he’s in the top two. And now, he has become – fairly or not – an icon for what many believe is the scourge of golf.

Holmes was vilified during the final round of his victory Sunday at the Genesis Open at historic Riviera Country Club. TV announcers and players alike excoriated Holmes for his glacial pace of play. The veritable human rain delay.

 


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Allow yardage devices and pick up pace
The ongoing slog that we are witnessing on various tours is getting out of hand (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 19). In large part, this results from players and caddies doing remedial study on each and every shot. The Cliff’s Notes they keep are getting ridiculous.

In an effort to speed things up, I propose letting all caddies/players use yardage devices, which, by the way, can be used in all but elite events currently.

 


18

Number of World Golf Championships won by Tiger Woods, a record since the advent of the series in 1999.

 


Accepted: By Tony Romo, a sponsor’s exemption into the AT&T Byron Nelson, tournament organizers announced. Romo, 38, an amateur, is a member at Dallas’ Trinity Forest Golf Club, the site of the Nelson, to be played May 9-12.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Stricker’s rise, Kuchar’s fall
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude ponder the anticipated selection of Steve Stricker as 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, and they review the new movie “Caddieslack,” starring Matthew Kuchar.


In the Grill Room with Bob and Jay
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. dissect J.B. Holmes’ victory in the Genesis Open and preview this week’s WGC Mexico Championship. Also, the Feature Interview welcomes Morning Read founder Alex Miceli.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The legacy of Arnold Palmer will take on a new dimension at this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational when Provision Events creates the Arnold Palmer Experience. The interactive display will be set up at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla., during the PGA Tour’s annual tournament. Visitors can learn about Palmer’s life in a film at a 360-degree theater, plus see artifacts and be able to upload their golf swing for a side-by-side comparison with the late Palmer’s swing.

 

Paul Azinger will work his first full tournament for NBC Sports as its lead golf analyst this week at the WGC Mexico Championship, the network announced. Azinger, who replaced the retired Johnny Miller, will join Dan Hicks in the broadcast booth in Mexico City beginning Thursday. The tournament starts seven consecutive weeks of PGA Tour coverage for NBC and Golf Channel.

 

Brickshire Golf Club in Providence Forge, Va., has selected Billy Casper Golf to manage the daily-fee facility. BCG will oversee clubhouse operations, course maintenance, marketing and staffing, among other duties. The course is a 2001 Tom Clark design.

 

Cordillera Ranch has surpassed $100 million in real estate sales for a fourth consecutive year, the community in Boerne, Texas, announced. Cordillera Ranch totaled $106 million in sales in 2018. Prices averaged $1.091 million for homes and $261,000 for lots.

 

With golf season preparing to start in much of the U.S., PeakVision Sunglasses offers eyewear fit for the sport. PeakVision touts its LX2 and GX5 models as the “go-to” styles for the golf course, plus its DG1 and the EOS styles.

 

State Apparel introduced its first line of women’s golf clothing, the San Francisco manufacturer announced. The collection features fitted polos, outerwear and tailored pants in a variety of sizes and colors.

 

Ian Gillule has been named club manager at Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, N.Y., club owner John Koh announced. Gillule will oversee club operations, member services and events.

 

The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame will induct four members June 2 at Ferris State’s Katke Golf Club, organizers announced. Ron Beurmann, Bernie Friedrich, Al Mengert and the late George Bayer will join the MGHOF. The hall also will present only its fourth special award in history to the Golf Association of Michigan, which is celebrating its centennial this year.

 

Club Champion promoted the benefits of its club-fitting services in helping golfers hit the ball farther and more accurately, thus providing more enjoyment in the game. Club Champion cited a recent study published in Golf Magazine in which the vast majority of golfers might be playing with improperly fit clubs.

 


CALENDAR
February 21-23
Men’s amateur: Gasparilla Invitational

Palma Ceia G&CC, Tampa, Fla.

February 21-24
LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand

Siam CC (Old Course), Chonburi, Thailand

PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open

Coco Beach G&CC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

PGA/European: WGC Mexico Championship

Chapultepec GC, Mexico City


      
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