FEBRUARY 17, 2017

By Ted Bishop

At 67, Tom Watson is content with the occasional victory lap in golf. Despite playing only a limited schedule in recent years, he still shows flashes of the form that led to eight major championships in a World Golf Hall of Fame career. In the Shaw Charity Classic in September, he shot 65 to better his age for a fourth time in tournament play.

Yet what makes Watson one of golf’s greatest champions is his thirst for competition. These days, that means a search for new conquests. 

Cutting is a western-style equestrian event in which a horse and rider handle cattle during a 2½-minute performance. The session, known as a run, is scored by judges.

Keeping score


Number of years ago that the late Arnold Palmer won his third and final Los Angeles Open. Sam Saunders, Palmer’s grandson, shot 7-under 64 in the first roundThursday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., to lead what now is known as the Genesis Open.



Number of rounds on the Tour for rookie Beau Hossler, who made his debut Thursday in the Panama Claro Championship by shooting to the top of the leaderboard. Hossler, the reigning Haskins Award winner out of Texas, made four birdies and an eagle – the only bogeyfree round in the morning wave at Panama Golf Club – to share the lead with Matt Atkins, Andrew Putnam and Adam Svensson at 6-under 64. Hossler, 21, who has no tour status, has played in two PGA Tour events this season, with a T-49 at the Farmers Insurance Open as his best result.



Number of years that Katherine Kirk, the first-round leader in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, has gone without winning on the LPGA. The Australian, a two-time winner on the LPGA, shot 8-under 65 on Thursday at Royal Adelaide. Playing under her maiden name of Katherine Hull, she was the 2003 NCAA player of the year out of Pepperdine.


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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