MAY 4, 2017

The announcement Wednesday of a significant golf tournament coming to metropolitan Detroit conjures images of the terribly missed Buick Open or the Ford Senior Players Championship or the Motor City Open of long ago.

That’s what is happening again with news from the U.S. Golf Association that the 2020 U.S. Senior Amateur will be held at the Country Club of Detroit on Aug. 29-Sept. 3.

But this time there is another component that makes this a momentous development. The Country Club of Detroit, in Grosse Pointe Farms, is where the late Arnold Palmer made his breakthrough by winning the 1954 U.S. Amateur on the course designed by the British duo of Harry Colt and Charles Hugh Alison.


It was a blustery morning here Wednesday, with hand-warmer temperatures in the low 40s, a chilly breeze and occasional numbing raindrops.

The surprise guest at Wildwood Country Club during U.S. Open local qualifying didn’t mind the weather thanks to a protective canopy and a large placard wall next to the clubhouse.

It was the U.S. Open trophy its ownself. The U.S. Golf Association hit on the idea of sending the trophy on tour around the country to generate interest for the Open, sort of a poor man’s version of the Olympic torch marathon.

Shame the Tour players out of their shells

Love the shot-clock idea (“If USGA and R&A really want to hasten play, try this,” May 2,

You could give each player three resets a round, but PGA Tour officials will never implement it. If they would publish ShotLink time data, which they have and hide, we could get the best deterrent: public humiliation.


It was the final round of the 1998 BellSouth Classic in Duluth, Ga., and Tiger Woods was wearing his customary Sunday red. So was my 10-year-old daughter Kelly, who’d never been to a PGA Tour event before, but, like most youngsters in the crowd, knew Woods.

We were standing along the ropes on the second hole at TPC Sugarloaf, a par-3 fronted by a large pond that stretched from tee to green. The only way for players to reach the green after they had hit their tee shots was via the cart path next to where we stood. 

Keeping score


Number of former winners at The Woodlands (Texas) Country Club’s Tournament Course, site of this week’s Insperity Invitational on the PGA Tour Champions, from when the venue used to host the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open. Jay Haas (1987), Fred Funk (1992), Mark Brooks (1996) and Hal Sutton (2001) won PGA Tour titles at The Woodlands.


Time, in seconds, that players in this week’s GolfSixes two-man team event on the European Tour will have to play a shot. There will be a one-stroke penalty for any breach of time, with digital clocks displayed at the green, fairway and tee during the two-man team event at Centurion Club in St. Albans, England. 


TecTecTec has introduced the VPRODLX 1K laser rangefinder, which the company says can measure distances up to 1,000 yards. The DLX 1K models feature 6X magnification and are precise to within 1 yard, TecTecTec says. They come in standard ($199) and the “S” edition ($249), which offers PinSlope technology to calculate elevation-adjustment distances.

May 4-7 Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship
Corales GC, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
LPGA: Lorena Ochoa Match Play
Mexico GC, Mexico City
Amateur: Lytham Trophy
Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Lytham, England
PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship
Eagle Point GC, Wilmington, N.C.
May 5-7
Champions Tour: Insperity Invitational
The Woodlands (Texas) CC
May 9-10
NGF Golf Business Symposium
Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla.
May 11-14
PGA Tour: The Players Championship
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
European Tour: Portugal Open
Morgado G&CC, Portimao, Portugal
May 18-21
LPGA: Kingsmill Championship
Kingsmill Resort (River Course), Williamsburg, Va. Tour: BMW Charity Pro-Am
Thornblade Club, Greer, S.C.
Champions Tour: Regions Tradition
Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Ala.
PGA Tour: AT&T Byron Nelson
TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas
European Tour: The Rocco Forte Open
Verdura GC, Agrigento, Italy
May 21-25
Industry: ING Spring Conference
World Golf Village and Hall of Fame Museum, St. Augustine, Fla.

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