By Alex Miceli
Once a year, Punxsutawny Phil brings focus on a hamlet northeast of Pittsburgh, where, the legend goes, if the groundhog sees his shadow, winter will last six more weeks.
That’s exactly what happened to Phil on Thursday.
Some 7,000 miles away, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tiger Woods seemed to see his shadow, too. Instead of six more weeks of winter, Woods might not ever see the spring of his game. He stumbled to a 5-over 77 in the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
By John Gordon
Has the 16th at TPC Scottsdale, site of this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, become more famous for its party than its par 3?
Unquestionably, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Squint for a moment when you’re watching this week. Try to block out the bleachers and skyboxes that encircle the hole, hosting more than 16,000 raucous and, for the most part, inebriated fans every day. (Maybe “fans” is the wrong word. “Partygoers” is more accurate.)
Callaway Golf Co. missed Wall Street’s net-income estimates by a penny per share Thursday, and the market didn’t like it.
Callaway reported fourth-quarter net income of $123.3 million, after the equipment manufacturer reported a loss in the same period last year. Callaway, based in Carlsbad, Calif., reported net income of $1.28 per share, but losses, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were 18 cents per share. That was 1 cent worse than analysts had forecast.
The stock was down 9 percent in after-hours trading, to $10.01 per share. Callaway had closed trading Thursday at $10.99, having climbed 29 percent in the past 12 months. The company’s 52-week high was $12.56, in November.
Sean McLaughlin, a senior at California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona), will enjoy a sideline view of Sunday’s Super Bowl in Houston. McLaughlin has been working this week alongside the NFL’s field staff at NRG Stadium after having been chosen the winner in Toro Co.’s Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program.
Nine chapters of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America will share $67,000 in grants to establish best-management practices at the state level. The program is funded through the Environmental Institute for Golf, the GCSAA’s philanthropic arm.
European Tour: Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
PGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Amateur: Jones Cup
Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island, Ga.
Golf Industry Show
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.
Club Managers Association of America World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo
Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Fla.
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
West Michigan Golf Show
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Champions Tour: Allianz Championship
The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla.
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
Champions Tour: Chubb Classic
TwinEagles Golf Club (Talon), Naples. Fla.
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
Chicago Golf Show
Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.
Toronto Golf And Travel Show
The International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
Northern California Golf Rep Show
Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Pano Hall Lincoln, Calif.
Philadelphia Golf Merchandise Show
Embassy Suites Valley Forge, Chesterbrook, Pa.
Scottish International Golf Course Architects Conference
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