Tuesday
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
      

By Adam Schupak

At the recent Allianz Championship, a veritable Senior Ryder Cup could have broken out at the Old Course at Broken Sound Golf Club. 

With 11 Europeans in the 80-man field, they were just a man shy of filling a full team roster. Such a squad would have included five winning European Ryder Cup captains: Bernhard Langer (2004), Ian Woosnam (2006), Colin Montgomerie (2010), Jose-Maria Olazabal (2012) and Paul McGinley (2014). 

Langer has been a dominant force on the PGA Tour Champions, winning the season-long money title in eight of the past nine years, but the rest of the stalwarts of past European Ryder Cup glory never spent much time on American soil during their prime. Woosnam, who will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame later this year, explained the recent surge in Europeans competing as seniors on this side of the Atlantic as a simple case of economics.


By Alex Miceli

As Jordan Spieth awoke Monday morning, basking in the glow of his victory a day earlier at Pebble Beach, many other touring pros faced a far different reality: trying to qualify for this week’s Genesis Open.

Brad Fritsch and Tag Ridings drove the 353 miles south from the Monterey Peninsula to suburban Los Angeles on Sunday evening. They had tied for 33rd in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and were tired from the weather-affected week.

For Fritsch, a 7:40 a.m. tee time at Industry Hills Golf Club’s Eisenhower Course forced him out of bed before 5 o’clock for the fifth day in a row.


Keeping score

23

Aggregate strokes over par for World No. 1 Jason Day in his three appearances at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., site of this week’s Genesis Open. Day missed cuts in 2010 and ’11 and tied for 62nd in 2012.


From the industry

Dynamic Brands, the parent company of Bag Boy, Burton, Datrek and Devant Sport Towels, reported double-digit growth in 2016, the company announced. The company’s golf-related products include golf bags, push carts, travel covers and sport towels. Dynamic Brands also recognized some of its top sales representatives for the year.

 



Calendar
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
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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