By Gary Van Sickle
The PGA Tour officially renamed its senior tour as PGA Tour Champions last year, but whom are we kidding? Let’s just call it The Bernhard Langer Tour and get it over with.
Langer owns this league. He has ranked No. 1 on the money list in eight of his nine seasons, won seven senior major championships and, at 59, shows no sign of slowing.
No one has dethroned the two-time Masters champion as the tour’s king of the hill, but there’s a new kid in town who might have the game to do it. Enter Steve Stricker, who will make his senior debut today in the Tucson Conquistadors Classic.
By Alex Miceli
Whenever you can spend time with Arnold Palmer, you do it, even if it requires a detour.
In May 2014, I was driving from Columbus, Ohio, to New York for a PGA of America event.
Knowing that my route would take me near Latrobe, Pa., Palmer’s hometown and summer retreat, I called Doc Giffin, Palmer’s longtime assistant and confidant, asking whether I could visit with “The King.”
Number of Argentines who have won on the PGA Tour, including Emiliano Grillo, the first-round co-leader with Matthew Fitzpatrick on Thursday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Grillo, who shot 5-under 67 at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla., won the 2015 Frys.com Open as a Tour rookie. The other Tour winners from Argentina: Roberto De Vicenzo, Jose Coceres, Angel Cabrera, Andres Romero and Fabian Gomez.
Age, in years, for Juli Inkster, who stands one stroke behind the first-round leaders in the LPGA’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Inkster, who will turn 57 on June 24, shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Thursday at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix. Katie Burnett, Sandra Changkija, In Gee Chun, Ariya Jutanugarn and Stacy Lewis lead with 64s. Among the 144-player field, 103 broke par. In case you’re wondering, Beth Daniel is the oldest player to have won on the LPGA. She was 45 years, 8 months and 29 days old when she won the 2003 Canadian Women’s Open.
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
Champions Tour: Tucson Conquistadores Classic
Omni Tucson National, Tucson, Ariz.
Portland Golf Expo
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine
PGA/European tours: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin (Texas) Country Club
PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open
Coco Beach Golf Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
LPGA: Kia Classic
Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, Calif.
Web.com Tour: Chitimacha Louisiana Open
Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club, Broussard, La.
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