FRIDAY  | FEBRUARY 23, 2018
by Jeff Babineau

Morgan Hoffmann is a meticulous young man who savors the ability to be in control. It’s partly why he procured his pilot’s license seven years ago, his single-engine Piper Mirage allowing him to pierce light blue skies like a bird at speeds exceeding 230 mph.

A life-altering phone call that Hoffmann received in November took away some of the control that he covets. Hoffmann carries a lingering bad taste from the tone with which his New York neurologist phoned him with some long-awaited blood-test results. The doctor was matter-of-fact, and rather cold.

 



GUEST ESSAY
by Gene Smith

After 24 years as tournament director of the PGA Tour Champions, which followed 24 years as a director of golf and club manager at facilities in central Florida, I have learned something about golf: Personality traits are the No. 1 cause of slow play.

There are four styles of behavior: Drivers, Persuaders, Craftsmen and Analyzers. I wrote my master’s thesis on the topic, and here is a condensed version of my findings.

A Driver can be characterized as one who is blunt and takes a direct approach toward everything. It’s hard to miss a Driver’s urgency in getting things done and bottom-line results. Drivers likely will walk up, tee the ball, put the head down and rip it.  Lanny Wadkins, Mark Calcavecchia, John Daly and Craig Stadler serve as good examples of golfers with a Driver personality. They hit and start walking before the ball is down. They rarely get challenged for slow play. They are bottom-line, results-oriented players.

 


Nicklaus’ proposal sails out of bounds

The increasing distance that Dustin Johnson and other pros drive the ball means nothing to the growth of the game. It's the masses in golf who should be the exclusive consideration, period.

Most players peak in strength at about age 30. Pros train more, so they maintain strength through their 30s better than the rest of us.

We have an overwhelming majority of golfers older than 30 who drive the game. This means that the critical masses are losing distance every year. Jack Nicklaus’ proposal would pile on a tremendous additional loss of distance, plus make the ball horrible in the wind (“Nicklaus’ golf fix: Livelier play, deader ball,” Feb. 22).

 


4

Number of players tied atop the leaderboard after the first round of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Americans Jessica Korda and Lexi Thompson, Australia’s Minjee Lee and Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn shot 6-under 66s at Siam Country Club Pattaya’s Old Course in Chonburi. For Korda, it was her return to competition after jaw surgery Dec. 7 to correct a lifetime of pain and headaches (scores).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Streamsong Resort will play host to the inaugural Streamsong Spring Four-Ball Championship on March 25-28, the central Florida resort announced. The two-person, better-ball, 54-hole event will be played on the Red, Blue and Black courses. Three-night packages for the event begin at $897.

 

Golf Genius Software announced the release of Quick Event Setup, a feature that streamlines the steps to create simple single-round games for the company’s tournament-management software.

 

The work of artist Christine Merchant will be featured at Augusta (Ga.) Regional Airport during the Masters Tournament. Ballerinas on the Green, a fine-art photography series that combines classical ballet themes on a golf course backdrop, will be featured from April through June.

 


CALENDAR
February 21-24
Women’s amateur: Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific

Sentosa GC (New Tanjong), Singapore

February 22-25
Ladies European Tour: Australian Ladies Classic Bonville

Bonville (Australia) Golf Resort

European Tour: Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Doha (Qatar) GC

PGA Tour: Honda Classic

PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand

Chonburi, Thailand

March 1-4
LPGA: HSBC Women’s World Championship

Sentosa GC (Tanjong), Singapore

PGA/European tours: WGC Mexico Championship

Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City

European Tour: Tshwane Open

Pretoria CC, Waterkloof, South Africa

Ladies European Tour: NSW Women’s Open

Coffs Harbour (Australia) GC

PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open Charity Day

Coco Beach GC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

March 2-4
Champions: Cologuard Classic

Omni Tucson (Ariz.) National


      
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