Thursday
MARCH 23, 2017
      

By Adam Schupak

Raw emotion poured from Jason Day as he broke the news that his mother, Dening, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Day wiped his eyes with his shirt sleeve, his face a blotch of red, his eyes glassy and the words unwilling to fall from his mouth.

"Do you need a minute?" PGA Tour media official Chris Reimer said.

The impromptu news conference at Austin Country Club had been arranged after Day, the defending champion of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, conceded his match to Pat Perez after being 3 down through six holes, and withdrew from the competition, citing his mother's upcoming lung-cancer surgery.


By Ted Bishop

It was early March in central Indiana. We had been experiencing an extremely mild run of winter weather. The forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday: highs near 65 degrees, with a 60 percent chance of rain both days. The result: no rain either day. Once again, the forecast had killed our tee sheets as we had only a handful of players on two beautiful late-winter days.

This has been a common lament from golf-course operators for the past couple of decades as weather forecasting has become more dramatic, with Doppler radar, colorful graphics and movie star-like meteorologists. A forecast that highlights potential bad weather can keep many residents from scheduling outdoor activities. Golfers live by the weather, and all of us in the golf industry feel as if we often are at the mercy of the forecasters. 

Golf is big business in Indiana. The game generates $900 million-plus for the state economy, supports about 21,000 jobs and more than 400 courses.


Applause for Brewer’s ‘enlightened attitude’

I'm impressed by Callaway CEO Chip Brewer when he says he's comfortable with the stabilization of the golfing market and 

will compete with the other manufacturers for an increased share (“Golf’s ‘final four’? It’s survival of the fittest, Callaway’s Brewer says, March 22, bit.ly/2nB7ZHC).

Businesses and economies are too obsessed with "growth," and so are the USGA and R&A with their increasingly desperate attempts to popularize inadequate versions of our sport.


Keeping score

4

Number of birdies made by Soren Kjeldsen on the last four holes to upset Rory McIlroy, 2 and 1, on Wednesday in the round-robin format of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. Kjeldsen, 41, a Dane and four-time winner on the European Tour, is seeded 62nd in the 64-man event. He knocked off the second-seeded McIlroy with birdies on Nos. 14-17 – the longest from 8½ feet – at Austin (Texas) Country Club.

 



Calendar
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.
Web.com Tour: Chitimacha Louisiana Open
Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club, Broussard, La.
March 24-26
Symetra Tour: IOA Championship
Morongo GC at Tukwet Canyon, Beaumont, Calif.
March 30 - April 1
Symetra Tour: Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club
Mesa, Ariz.
March 30 - April 2
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
March 31 - April 2
Champions Tour: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.
April 1-2
College men: 3M Augusta Invitational
Forest Hills CC, Augusta, Ga.
April 2
Junior boys and girls: Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship
Augusta (Ga.) National GC
April 6-9
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament
Augusta (Ga.) National GC
April 7-9
Symetra Tour: Northern California Classic
Windsor (Calif.) GC
April 12-15
LPGA: Lotte Championship
Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii
April 13-16
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.
April 14-16
Champions Tour: Mitsubishi Electric Classic
TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.
April 19-22
Junior: Sage Valley Junior Invitational
Sage Valley Golf Club, Graniteville, S.C.
April 20-23
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)
April 21-23
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.
April 25-26
National Golf Day
Washington


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