WEDNESDAY  | AUGUST 21, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover stands 29th on the FedEx Cup points list going into this week’s Tour Championship.

That means Glover will start the tour’s grand finale 10 strokes behind Justin Thomas, who vaulted atop the FedEx Cup points list by winning last week’s BMW Championship.

Ten shots back?

 


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GUEST ESSAY
by Barney Adams

Let me say this up front, and then I’ll explain later: Golf isn’t fun.

It bugs me that most industry ads aimed at promoting golf participation have a common theme, and it’s always some variation of “Play golf because it’s fun.”

 


Slow round? Live with it. It’s good for you and golf
Let’s look at the slow-play issue from a practical standpoint.

On the PGA Tour: There are only a handful of players publicly complaining about slow play. Some of them (Brooks Koepka for example) are successful enough that they can rock the boat, and because of their stature, they’ll be heard. But the overwhelming majority on Tour are not complaining and, given the amounts of money they’re playing for, are thankful for what they’re doing for a living and would still be out there, not complaining, if rounds took six hours.

 


Ended: Its agreement to host the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship after 21 years, Montreux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev., tournament officials announced.

 


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Number of times, in 28 years, that a Swede has won his national tournament on the European Tour. The Scandinavian Invitation, formerly known as the Nordea Masters and the Scandinavian Masters, will begin Thursday at Hills Golf & Sports Club in Gothenburg, Sweden.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

The Grill Room Golf Show
With the PGA Tour’s second playoff event in the books, attention turns toward this week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. recap the BMW Championship, U.S. Amateur and the Dick's Sporting Good Open before previewing the Tour finale. In the feature interview, Morning Read contributor Adam Schupak offers his take on the U.S. Amateur.


Hawk & Rude: The 900-pound gorilla
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude offer a comprehensive analysis of yet another reprisal of the slow-play issue, this time featuring young star Bryson DeChambeau.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Big Max announced the celebration of the British company’s 25th anniversary. In 1994, founder Thomas Reiter named the new company after his newborn son, Max. Three years later, after developing a prototype that featured a third wheel on the front of a standard two-wheel pull cart, Reiter developed the company’s first three-wheel push cart.

 

PGA National Resort & Spa launched a flash sale on purchases through Aug. 22 for stays at the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., property through April 17. The deal includes 25 percent off rooms and suites or 10 percent off select golf and spa packages.

 

Some of the top names from the entertainment industry will headline the pro-am tournament at the Omega European Masters on Aug. 28 in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Among the celebrities, singers Justin Timberlake and Niall Horan and actors Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena and Dennis Quaid will join Omega spokesmen Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy at Crans-sur-Sierra Golf Club.

 

Six players who used Tour Edge clubs earned top-25 finishes in the Champions Tour’s recent Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Tour Edge staff player Scott McCarron, who placed fourth, continues to lead the tour’s season standings.

 

Club Champion has reached an agreement with PXG by which the equipment manufacturer will provide its PXG 0211 irons for trials. The program will include access to 200-plus iron-shaft options and TrackMan swing technology at more than 60 locations nationwide.

 

Short Par 4 will return to Myrtle Beach, S.C., this month as a sponsor of the Playgolfmyrtlebeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. The 72-hole annual event, to be played Aug. 26-30, is expected to attract 3,200 participants.

 

Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho, will play host to the Symetra Tour next year in the first event in a three-year agreement with the LPGA’s developmental tour. The Circling Raven Championship will be played Aug. 27-30 at the course affiliated with the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel.

 

Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Mich., has selected Kevin Frisch PR to manage its public relations. Harbor Shores Resort, which features a Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf course and a 92-room Inn at Harbor Shores, sits along the St. Joseph River and serves as the biennial host to the Champions Tour’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.

 


CALENDAR
August 22-25
European: Scandinavian Invitation

Hills Golf & Sports Club, Gothenburg, Sweden

Korn Ferry: Albertsons Boise Open

Hillcrest CC, Boise, Idaho

LPGA: CP Women’s Open

Magna GC, Aurora, Ontario

PGA Tour: Tour Championship

East Lake GC, Atlanta

August 23-25
Champions: Boeing Classic

Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

August 24-29
Men’s amateur: U.S. Senior Amateur

Old Chatham GC, Durham, N.C.

Women’s amateur: U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Cedar Rapids (Iowa) CC


      
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