By Jim McCabe
Could it be that some in the media want Tiger Woods back competing more than he desires it?
Certainly, it wouldn’t be the first time that sports writers showed the fan in them and had a tough time letting go of an icon. Consider the prelude to the first Masters when logic dictated that Bobby Jones was a long shot, given that he hadn’t played competitively in nearly four years.
Yet Grantland Rice and Alan Gould, premier sports writers back then, both wrote in advance of the 1934 Masters that Jones was favored.
When I received Morning Read on its first day of publication, my initial thought was, Here's another golf-industry press-release aggregator to clog my inbox. But I read the first opinion piece on Trump and golf (“Can Trump make golf great again?” Jan. 23, bit.ly/2mgjGiT) and was hooked. Before getting your shorts in a knot, it was about the role (interference) of the government on the struggling golf industry. Insightful comes to mind. It touched on the likelihood of overtime pay leading to fewer seasonal jobs and the EPA wanting to claim jurisdiction over golf courses with any sized body of water.
In the interest of full disclosure, MR does have press releases, but the appeal comes from just above those with the opening stories from a collection of smart industry people. Another winning attribute is its broad coverage, including business issues for golf course owners, the Tour and the USGA, among others.
I never even had to look for that opt-out link.
Number of consecutive top-15 finishes worldwide, dating to last fall, for Adam Scott, the defending champion in this week’s Honda Classic. Taking a longer view of Scott’s play, the Australian, who is No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has finished among the top 20 in 13 of his past 15 starts worldwide, dating to his T-18 at the 2016 U.S. Open.
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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