By Gary Van Sickle
All you can ask of a tournament is a great finish or a great champion. If you get that, well, it doesn’t matter how you got there.
So, it’s hard to argue with a Dell Match Play Championship that gave us Jason Day regaining his world No. 1-ranking by beating Louis Oosthuizen in last year’s final, after Day first won a titanic semifinal clash against Rory McIlroy with a big putt on the final hole at the Pete Dye-funky Austin (Texas) Country Club.
That’s the kind of marquee showdown that this World Golf Championships event, which returns to Austin beginning today, has promised but often failed to deliver over the years. In fact, Day’s 5-and-4 final victory against Oosthuizen felt a little anticlimactic after the Day-McIlroy undercard.
By Alex Miceli
Has fake news made its way into the golf media?
Chip Brewer, the chief executive of Callaway Golf, contends that the media have gotten it wrong about the demise of the golf industry, at least regarding his company.
At the recent 29th annual Roth Conference in Dana Point, Calif., Brewer told investment analysts that golf is in a good place for his company, even with the contraction of the number of golfers and suppliers.
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A call for reveille in Arnie’s army
I'm 80 years old, and Arnold Palmer was the only person that I ever met who never had a bad word said against him. Shame on all the pros who failed to show up for his tournament, especially Phil (Mickelson) (“Arnie’s event lacks a thumbs-up from some Tour stars,” March 14 bit.ly/2o2x8Yo). I would have shown up, even if I had two broken legs.
Lake Worth, Fla.
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Number of past champions entered in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, which starts today at Austin (Texas) Country Club. Defending champion Jason Day, who also won in 2014, Matt Kuchar (2013) and Rory McIlroy (2015) are entered in the 64-man, round-robin event. It will be a home game of sorts for Jordan Spieth, a Dallas native who played collegiately in Austin at Texas, helping lead the Longhorns to the 2012 NCAA title.
The spirit of Old Tom Morris, the 19th-century four-time British Open champion and father of modern greenkeeping, is being used to promote the work of golf course superintendents. David Joy of Scotland plays the role of Morris, who cared for St. Andrews’ course for 40-plus years, in TV, radio, print and online commercials with the tagline, “If you love golf like I do, then thank a golf course superintendent.”
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.
Symetra Tour: IOA Championship
Morongo GC at Tukwet Canyon, Beaumont, Calif.
Symetra Tour: Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club
Amateur: Azalea Invitational
Country Club of Charleston (S.C.)
LPGA: ANA Inspiration
Mission Hills CC (Dinah Shore), Rancho Mirage, Calif.
PGA Tour: Shell Houston Open
Golf Club of Houston, Humble, Texas
Champions Tour: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.
College men: 3M Augusta Invitational
Forest Hills CC, Augusta, Ga.
Junior boys and girls: Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship
Augusta (Ga.) National GC
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament
Augusta (Ga.) National GC
Symetra Tour: Northern California Classic
Windsor (Calif.) GC
LPGA: Lotte Championship
Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii
European Tour: Trophee Hassan II
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco
PGA Tour: RBC Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Champions Tour: Mitsubishi Electric Classic
TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.
Junior: Sage Valley Junior Invitational
Sage Valley Golf Club, Graniteville, S.C.
European Tour: Shenzhen International
Genzon GC, Shenzhen, China
Web.com Tour: United Leasing and Finance Championship
Victoria National GC, Newburgh, Ind.
PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open
TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course)
Champions Tour: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge
Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.
Symetra Tour: Sara Bay Classic
Sara Bay CC, Sarasota, Fla.
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