FEBRUARY 6, 2017

By Alex Miceli

An expanded tournament schedule, a deeper purse and a simpler rulebook.

The U.S. Golf Association, distinguishing itself from other governing bodies in the nation’s capital, rallied together Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton to disclose some big changes at its annual meeting.

By Adam Schupak

U.S. Walker Cup captain John "Spider" Miller had better add the name Braden Thornberry to the top of Miller’s "watch list" after Thornberry’s dominating performance at the Jones Cup.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Thornberry took a touchdown lead into the final round and cruised to a five-stroke victory in one of amateur golf's most prestigious invitationals. Thornberry, an Ole Miss sophomore from Olive Branch, Miss., closed with a 1-over 73 en route to a 54-hole aggregate of 4-under 212 at Ocean Forest Golf Club. Max McGreevy (70–217), an Oklahoma senior from Edmond, Okla., was runner-up, and Cole Hammer (71–218), a Texas commit from Houston, placed third. 

Thornberry was the only player in the 84-man field to break par. Cue the Walker Cup talk.

Keeping score

Number of worldwide victories since the fall for Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a four-hole playoff Sunday to vault to the top of the FedEx Cup standings.


12 Number of European Tour victories, in his 250th start, for Spain’s Sergio Garcia, the wire-to-wire winner in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a bogey-free 69 Sunday at Emirates Golf Club for a 19-under total and three-stroke triumph.

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 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. 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
Chicago Golf Show
Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.
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 2
Philadelphia Golf Merchandise Show
Embassy Suites Valley Forge, Chesterbrook, Pa.
February 28 - March 3
Scottish International Golf Course Architects Conference
Inverness, Scotland

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