FRIDAY  | MAY 24, 2019
by John Hawkins

Go ahead and laugh: the European Tour is entering the esports business. This week’s stop in Denmark not only features an actual golf tournament, but a virtual-reality competition among eight of the world’s top gamers, who will jiggle their joysticks in a match-play format for $5,000 in prize money.

Apparently, it’s the largest cash award ever at an esports/golf endeavor, which leaves me with a few questions.

 


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by Gary Van Sickle

Scott McCarron knew what was coming when Jack Nicklaus asked to have a word with him after dinner one evening two years ago.

He figured that Nicklaus wanted to congratulate him for winning the Allianz Championship on the previous weekend, the second stop on the Champions Tour schedule, or thank him for taking part in Nicklaus’ pro-am earlier that day at Lost Tree Golf Club in North Palm Beach, Fla.

But that’s not what happened, McCarron recalled.

 


Long-time golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude are co-hosts of a weekly podcast, Hawk & Rude, in which they discuss and debate the hottest issues in golf. They also share their takes in this weekly installment.

Will Jordan Spieth win a PGA Tour event in 2019?

 


Tillie’s jewel still sparkles, despite Koepka's assault
I agree with Mike Purkey, that the professional game of “bash-and-wedge” is not going to be rolled back (“As golf evolves, it’s best to get with times,” May 22). It’s here to stay for all the reasons that Purkey set out. PGA champion Brooks Koepka made mincemeat of Bethpage Black, one of the finest courses designed by A.W. Tillinghast to present the golfer with difficult obstacles and strategies.

As an example of what Koepka did, let’s look at one hole at Bethpage Black. Tillinghast had a special theory for the perfect par 5, which he incorporated into the design of the fourth hole, a 517-yarder which runs uphill.

 


Committed: By Tiger Woods, to play in next week’s Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Woods missed the cut last week at the PGA Championship after having won the Masters Tournament five weeks earlier. He did not compete between the Masters and the PGA.

 


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Number of fairways, out of 14, that American Tony Finau hit en route to the first-round lead at the PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge on Thursday at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Despite being out of position so many times, Finau hit 16 of 18 greens and shot 6-under 64 for a one-stroke lead over American Jordan Spieth and Canadian Roger Sloan.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Post-PGA potpourri
John Hawkins and Jeff Rude break away from the beaten path to discuss a variety of topics, including their dream scenario for next month’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. review Brooks Koepka’s recent repeat victory at the PGA Championship. Warren Bottke, who coached Koepka as a youth in south Florida, and Morning Read co-founder Alex Miceli add insight. Player audio includes Koepka, runner-up Dustin Johnson and Matt Wallace.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Golf Industry Show will feature two new presenting sponsors for the 2020 edition in Orlando, Fla. The Golf Course Builders Association of America and the American Society of Golf Course Architects have increased their commitment to the annual event, which is produced by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

 

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis., will sell rounds to its two courses, The Brute and The Highlands, through GolfNow, the tee-time service announced. Grand Geneva will use GolfNow’s technology to help with the resort’s operations.

 

PGA and LPGA professionals who attend the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience on Aug. 13-14 in Las Vegas are invited to register for the Topgolf Tour Championship qualifier. The competition will be held from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 14 at Topgolf Las Vegas.

 


CALENDAR
May 23-26
Champions: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

Oak Hill CC, Rochester, N.Y.

Web.com: Evans Scholars Invitational

Glen Club, Glenview, Ill.

LPGA: Pure Silk Championship

Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Va.

European: Made in Denmark

Himmerland Golf & Spa Reort, Farso, Denmark

Symetra: Zimmer Biomet Championship

RTJ Golf Trail (Lake Course at Grand National), Auburn, Ala.

PGA Tour: Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas

May 24-29
Men’s college: NCAA Division I Championship

Blessings GC, Fayetteville, Ark.

May 25-29
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort (Old Macdonald, Pacific Dunes)


      
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