WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
by Steve Elling

It didn’t take long before the tributes, salutes and huzzahs began pouring in.

The PGA Tour, after years of lagging behind other sports in drug testing and potential player discipline, revised its 9-year-old anti-doping policy Tuesday, moving closer to the guidelines of other sports organizations.

 



by Morning Read staff report

Phil Mickelson and Jim “Bones” Mackay, who formed one of the longest-running player-caddie teams in PGA Tour history, have called it quits after 25 years.

In separate statements issued Tuesday, both referred to the breakup as having been “mutually decided.”

The split comes one week after Phil Mickelson skipped the U.S. Open to attend his daughter Amanda’s high school graduation ceremony in California, where the oldest of his three children gave the valedictorian speech. Mackay made a scouting trip to Erin Hills, site of the U.S. Open – the only major championship that Mickelson has not won – in the event that Mickelson might be able to play. Mackay did not caddie for another player while in Wisconsin.

 


‘Fans deserve better’ 

I guess I won't be watching the U.S. Open for the next nine years (“Fox and U.S. Open: 9 more years of this?” June 19, http://bit.ly/2sk7LGB). If I do, the audio will be off.

Joe Buck needs to stick to baseball, and Paul Azinger, Brad Faxon and Curtis Strange are awful. But the after-round interviews are the worst. The questions are the same; the answers are the same. The fans deserve better.

 



Confirmed: By his agent, that Tiger Woods has checked into an undisclosed clinic to seek help for his issues with prescription pain medication and a sleep disorder, according to The Associated Press. “I’m proud of him,” agent Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management told the AP’s Doug Ferguson. “He’s going to get himself right to be able to essentially lead a healthy lifestyle.” Woods, 41, was arrested May 29 in Jupiter, Fla., and charged with DUI (“Woods needs help, and his life might depend on it,” May 31, http://bit.ly/2rFStwz). He faces an Aug. 9 arraignment in West Palm Beach, Fla. Woods underwent back surgery, his fourth, and likely will not compete this season. 

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Tin Cup Products has released four new designs to its stainless steel golf ball marker, the company announced. The Best Dad, Voyager, YOLO (“you only live once”) and Sly Fox designs expand Tin Cup’s 150-plus offerings.

 

Troon has been hired to manage Wickenburg (Ariz.) Ranch Golf and Social Club, the golf-management company announced. The club’s facilities include a par-71 golf course, known as Big Wick, and a nine-hole par-3 course, known as Li’l Wick. Both were designed by Bill Brownlee and Wendell Pickett.

 

CALENDAR
June 18-21
Club pros: PGA Professional Championship
Sunriver (Ore.) Resort
June 18-22
Junior: Western Junior
Park Ridge (Ill.) CC
June 19-24
Men’s amateur: British Amateur
Royal St. George’s GC, Sandwich, England
June 20-21
Junior: Pepsi Little People’s Tournament
Westview GC and Knights of Columbus Par 3, Quincy, Ill.
June 21-24
Men’s amateur: Northeast Amateur
Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, R.I.
June 22-25
Web.com Tour: Lincoln Land Charity Championship
Panther Creek CC, Springfield, Ill.
PGA Tour: Travelers Championship
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.
European Tour: BMW International Open
Munich (Germany) Golf Club
June 23-25
Symetra Tour: Island Resort Championship
Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Mich.
LPGA: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Ark.
Champions Tour: American Family Insurance Championship
University Ridge GC, Madison, Wis.
June 25-30
Men’s amateur: North & South Amateur
Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort
June 27 - July 1
Men’s amateur: Dogwood Invitational
Druid Hills GC, Atlanta
Men’s amateur: European Amateur
Walton Heath GC, Walton-on-the-Hill, England
June 29 - July 2
PGA Tour: Quicken Loans National
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Md.
LPGA: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Olympia Fields (Ill.) CC (North Course)
European Tour: HNA French Open
Le Golf National, Paris
Champions Tour: U.S. Senior Open
Salem CC, Peabody, Mass.
Web.com Tour: Nashville Golf Open,
Nashville (Tenn.) Golf & Athletic Club
June 30 - July 2
Symetra Tour: Tullymore Classic
Tullymore GC, Stanwood, Mich.

      
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