MONDAY  | MARCH 25, 2019
by Alex Miceli

Should Robert Garrigus have been suspended for three months by the PGA Tour?

Under the strict reading of the Tour’s Anti-Doping Program, undoubtedly yes. In a statement on Friday, the Tour disclosed that Garrigus violated the anti-doping policy by using a drug of abuse, without disclosing which drug.

 



by Julie Williams

Never can a career as a professional athlete seem so precarious – for a woman, at least – as when it’s time to start a family. Playing a sport for a living implies, of course, that the athlete has to play the sport to make the living. Refreshingly, more and more companies that sponsor LPGA players don’t see it that way.

While motherhood once was an uncertain road to go down in professional golf, it’s getting to be less so. Women’s golf made a giant leap last week as two companies with strong ties to the LPGA announced that they will honor their full endorsement contracts with Brittany Lincicome, even as she plays a shortened season while awaiting the birth of her first child, projected to be Sept. 1.

 


by Mike Purkey

It remains the quintessential way that most of us play golf: The match.

I play you – or my partner and I play you and your partner – for a $2 Nassau (or more), drinks or just to brag. The greatest things about match play are that each hole is a match in miniature, and you can make up a disaster hole by winning the next one.

The way we watch match play when the best players in the world compete has mostly to do with the prestige of the event.

 


The upside of slow play (yes, really)
John Hawkins’ article on slow play points out that the preparation for the next shot by the pros only starts when the opponent has hit his or her shot (“Golf’s stealth weapon causes slow burn,” March 22). Maybe setting a good example of “ready golf” is not a priority to them.

My pet peeves on examples of slow play are too many to list. However, there is a benefit to slow play.

 


Hired: Former PGA Tour winner Jason Gore, by the U.S. Golf Association, as its first senior director of player relations. The appointment comes in the wake of touring pros’ complaints about the newly revised Rules of Golf. Gore will be tasked with interacting with professionals and elite amateur golfers, with special focus on the USGA’s open and amateur championships.

 


3

Number of career victories on the PGA Tour for England’s Paul Casey, who successfully defended his title Sunday at the Valspar Championship. Casey, 41, of England, managed only a 1-over 72 in the final round at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla., but his 8-under 276 total held up for a one-stroke victory.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: A match made in ...?
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude discuss this week’s WGC Match Play, reflecting on the good and bad over the event’s 20-year history.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Derek Koenig has been named chief creative and content officer at Buffalo Groupe and its Buffalo Agency marketing firm. Koenig, a 25-year marketing-industry veteran, will be tasked with building Buffalo Studios to create branded content.

 

Global Value Commerce, a digital platform for new and used golf equipment, launched the Match Play Pick ’Em Contest. Golfers can enter at GlobalGolf.com to win a variety of prizes through March 27.

 


CALENDAR
March 27-31
PGA/European: WGC Dell Technologies Match Play

Austin (Texas) CC

March 28-31
Web.com: Savannah Golf Championship

Landings Club (Deer Creek GC), Savannah, Ga.

LPGA: Kia Classic

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort (Aviara GC), Carlsbad, Calif.

PGA Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort Championship

Corales GC, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

European: Hero Indian Open

DLF G&CC, New Delhi

March 29-31
Champions: Rapiscan Systems Classic

Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.

Symetra: IOA Championship

Morongo GC at Tukwet Canyon, Beaumont, Calif.


      
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