MARCH 6, 2017

By Alex Miceli

Golf-equipment prices could rise by 20 percent or more as the White House signals that the proposed border adjustment tax is acceptable to President Donald Trump.

The BAT has been a main tenet of a tax plan by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee, but had not been part of the president’s tax plans until recently. 

According to published reports, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and presidential adviser Steve Bannon favor the BAT, with Trump seemingly agreeing with his top advisers. 

By Ted Bishop

For decades, the PGA Championship has fought to keep its status among golf’s four major championships. Last week, the PGA of America cemented itself as No. 4 with its decision to allow players to wear shorts during practice rounds in all of its championships.        

Pete Bevacqua, the PGA’s chief executive officer, clearly wants to be the coolest guy in the room. In 2014, he intended to implement a shorts policy at Valhalla’s PGA Championship. As PGA president, I placed a call to Tim Finchem, then the commissioner of the PGA Tour, to gauge his position. Finchem opposed the idea because he thought that players wearing shorts during events didn’t reflect well on the Tour brand nor the professionalism that his players need to exhibit to sponsors and fans. After hearing Finchem’s concerns, the PGA dropped the idea. 

Not so bullish on the Tour

I really enjoy your site. Excellent article by Mr. Van Sickle (“Tour takes a siesta this week on Mexican tycoon’s past,” March 3, I'm so tired of hearing the BS the Tour puts out there. Mr. Van Sickle, please keep asking more questions. The Tour has always controlled the media, and it's time that real reporting is done.

In the news

Awarded: Lahinch (Ireland) Golf Club, as host site of the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup. Beginning next year, the annual matches between the top U.S. and European collegians will include a women’s competition.

Died: Mark Laesch, 62, the founder of Golfstat, the college golf statistics service, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, on March 4 at his home in Noblesville, Ind. . . . South African Simon Hobday, 76, a two-time champion on the European Tour and winner of the 1994 U.S. Senior Open, on March 2 after an extended struggle with cancer.

Keeping score


Number of South Africans to win the Tshwane Open in the five-year history of the event. Dean Burmester closed with a 6-under 65 on Sunday at Pretoria Country Club in Waterkloof, South Africa, for a 266 total and three-stroke victory. With his first European Tour title, Burmester joins countrymen Dawie van der Walt (2013), George Coetzee (2015) and Charl Schwartzel (2016) in winning the Tshwane Open.



Number of players who won their first PGA Tour start upon rising to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, after Dustin Johnson claimed the WGC-Mexico Championship title. Johnson shot 3-under 68 on Sunday at Mexico City’s Chapultepec Golf Club for a 14-under 270 total and one-stroke victory. With his 14th career Tour triumph, Johnson, 32, joins Ian Woosnam (1991 Masters), David Duval (1999 BellSouth), Vijay Singh (2004 RBC Canadian) and Adam Scott (2014 Dean & DeLuca) in cementing the No. 1 status.



Final-round score, a course record at Singapore’s Sentosa Golf Club, shot by Inbee Park as she rallied to win the HSBC Women’s Champions with a 19-under 269 score. It was the 18th LPGA title for Park, 28, of South Korea.


March 7-8
Mid Atlantic Golf Merchandise Show
Marriott Residence Inn, Gaithersburg, Md.
March 9-12
European Tour: Hero Indian Open
DLF Golf and Country Club, New Delhi
PGA Tour: Valspar Championship
Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Fla.
March 10-12
Michigan Golf Show
Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Mich.
March 16-19
PGA Tour: Arnold Palmer Invitational
Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla.
LPGA: Bank of Hope Founders Cup
Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix
March 17-19
Champions Tour: Tucson Conquistadores Classic
Omni Tucson National, Tucson, Ariz.
March 18-19
Portland Golf Expo
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine
March 22-26
PGA/European tours: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin (Texas) Country Club
March 23-26
PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open
Coco Beach Golf Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
LPGA: Kia Classic
Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, Calif. Tour: Chitimacha Louisiana Open
Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club, Broussard, La.

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