WEDNESDAY  | AUGUST 15, 2018
by Ted Bishop

One morning last week, I was quietly minding my own business in Indiana when a member of the golf media reached out via text from Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, site of the PGA Championship.

“Some rumblings here the PGA and PGA Tour in merger talks…”

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER
by Gary Van Sickle

Randy Bowman lives for a challenge. I guess that’s why he has gone into the golf business.

He spent 20 years in the Marine Corps, working administration and logistics. His dream job would’ve been something like trying to get supplies delivered for Gen. George Patton’s fast-moving tank column before the Battle of the Bulge. “Yeah, I’d enjoy that,” he said when I suggested the scenario.

 


Tour bombers apply long view to game
Drive for show and putt for dough. Throw that old saying away.

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson have won three times each this season, and Brooks Koepka has won twice. According to this week's PGA Tour stats, all four of them are in the top 10 in driving distance. In strokes gained putting, they rank much lower: Johnson at 17, Thomas at T-36, Koepka at 94 and Watson at T-106. It's even worse in driving accuracy. None of them is in the top 130.

 


Added: By Tiger Woods, the BMW Championship on Sept. 6-9 to his tournament schedule, according to TigerWoods.com. Woods, who ranks 20th in the FedEx Cup standings, previously committed to the first two playoff events, next week’s Northern Trust and the following week’s Dell Technologies Championship, meaning that he would play the first three postseason tournaments before possibly qualifying for the 30-man Tour Championship. With his recent play in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship, and his likely addition of the Ryder Cup as a captain’s pick, Woods could play in seven of nine weeks to end the season.

 


5

Number of top-10 finishes, including a victory in 2011, that North Carolinian Webb Simpson has made in nine career starts at the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Play begins Thursday in the final tournament of the PGA Tour’s 2017-18 regular season (tee times).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: PGA Championship wrap
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts dive into the year’s final major. Brooks Koepka won his third major title in his past six starts in golf's biggest events, fending off a Sunday charge from Tiger Woods.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

4ore Golf, a golf entertainment complex in Lubbock, Texas, is celebrating its first anniversary with Three Days of Fun. From Friday through Sunday, 4ore Golf will feature daily and nightly specials, plus a chance to win $1 million during a hole-in-one contest.

 

Renovations are underway at Alpine Country Club in Highland, Utah, with John Fought Design overseeing the project. Bunkers will be rebuilt and/or repositioned, and the practice range and putting green will be expanded.

 


CALENDAR
August 13-19
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur

Pebble Beach (Calif.) GL

Junior boys: British Boys Amateur

Royal Portrush (Northern Ireland) GC

August 16-19
Web.com Tour: WinCo Foods Portland Open

Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Ore.

European Tour: Nordea Masters

Hills GC, Gothenburg, Sweden

PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship

Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.

LPGA: Indy Women in Tech Championship

Brickyard Crossing GC, Indianapolis

August 17-19
Champions: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open

En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.

Symetra Tour: FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship

Battle Creek (Mich.) CC


      
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