JANUARY 31, 2017

By Dan O’Neill

Jim Holtgrieve remembers it as a most-difficult conversation. As captain of the 2011 U.S. Walker Cup team, he telephoned Jani and Mike Thomas in Goshen, Ky., to explain why 18-year-old Jordan Spieth would be on his team and why their 18-year-old son would not.

Justin Thomas needed more time to grow up, to mesh an unbridled spirit with a dynamic talent. 

“I had a long talk with (Thomas’) parents,” Holtgrieve recalled. “And I said, ‘He’s really got some talent, but he’s just too inexperienced right now. He’s not focused. There’s no doubt he’s got the talent, but he’s got to mature a little bit.’ 

From the industry

Steve Brady, the head professional at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., won the Golfzon $1 Million Shootout last week to wrap up the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. No hole-in-one was made in a three-man finale Jan. 27, so the grand prize went unclaimed. But Brady, 58, hit his shot at the deciding 172-yard hole to 10.86 feet to win a golf simulator worth approximately $50,000.

February 2-5
European Tour: Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
PGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.
February 3-5
Amateur: Jones Cup
Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island, Ga.
February 4-9
Golf Industry Show
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
February 7-11
Club Managers Association of America World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo
Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Fla.
February 9-12
PGA Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
European Tour: Maybank Championship
Saujana Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Web.com Tour: Club Colombia Championship
Bogota (Colombia) Country Club
February 10-12
West Michigan Golf Show
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Champions Tour: Allianz Championship
The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla.
February 16-19
LPGA: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Grange, Australia
European Tour: ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth
Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia
PGA Tour: Genesis Open
Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Web.com Tour: Panama Claro Championship
Panama Golf Club, Panama City, Panama
February 17-19
Champions Tour: Chubb Classic
TwinEagles Golf Club (Talon), Naples. Fla.
February 23-26
European Tour: Joburg Open
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa
PGA Tour: The Honda Classic
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand
Siam Country Club (Pattaya Old), Chonburi, Thailand
February 24-26
Toronto Golf And Travel Show
The International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
February 27-28
Northern California Golf Rep Show
Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Pano Hall Lincoln, Calif.
February 28 - March 3
Scottish International Golf Course Architects Conference
Inverness, Scotland

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