By Jim McCabe
Somehow, the memo about “global golf” hasn’t reached the penthouse of the Official World Golf Ranking. Jason Day, entrenched as World No. 1 for a 46th straight week, prefers to stick to the cozy confines of the PGA Tour.
Since opening the 2012 season in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, the Australian-born Day has played in 100 tournaments that have carried world-ranking points. Of those, 92 have been played on U.S. soil and 95 have been official PGA Tour events.
Day, 29, may not have been made in the US of A, but he sure has his feet glued to it. As a 17-year-old playing the Nationwide Tour, Day became smitten with a waitress at an Irish pub in Twinsburg, Ohio. He struck up a friendship with Ellie Harvey, who was two years older, and soon the relationship blossomed. They married in the fall of 2009 in Ellie’s hometown of Lucas, Ohio, and with their two children have settled in Columbus. It’s home for Day, and the only tournaments since early 2012 with world-ranking points that have given him cause to leave U.S. borders: four British Opens, two RBC Canadian Opens and a two-week swing in 2013 to his native Australia for the Aussie Open and the World Cup.
The second of a two-part series
By Alex Miceli
Tiger Woods has spent most of his two-decade career as the top-ranked player in the world. He also was the betting favorite in just about every event in which he teed it up.
It didn’t matter whether the book was run in Las Vegas or Dublin. Woods was a bettor’s dream.
In late October, Woods was a 60-1 pick to win his fifth Masters green jacket. At the time, Woods hadn’t played on the PGA Tour in more than a year and was planning to return from back surgeries to play the Hero World Challenge, an 18-man unofficial event, in early December.
By Gary Van Sickle
You used to rely on your caddie to get a yardage back in the old days. Then came 150-yard posts. Then sprinkler heads with distances marked on them. Then Kirby markers. Then laser rangefinders. Then GPS devices installed in your riding cart. And GPS wristwatches. Then your phone.
And now … your golf glove?
It’s true. Welcome to the age when cars can drive themselves and you can get your yardage to the middle of the green from your glove.
In the Feb. 6 issue of Morning Read, a story out of the U.S. Golf Association’s annual meeting listed an incorrect amount for the prize money to be awarded in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open in 2018. The purse has not been established by the USGA.
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