MAY 5, 2017

One of the great traditions that every golf fan should experience is the opening tee shot at the Masters. It wasn't the same without the late Arnold Palmer this year, but to see Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player try to outdo each other, well, it doesn't get much better than that. 

Unless, of course, you could get to watch them play 18 holes instead of hit one tee shot. And why not, for good measure, add Lee Trevino for a nonstop laugh track to the group and sprinkle in names such as Ben Crenshaw, Tony Jacklin, David Graham and Tom Weiskopf. Then you'd have the 3M Greats of Golf, an 18-hole, three-man-team scramble to be played Saturday at The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course. It's the sideshow to the PGA Tour Champions’ Insperity Invitational, but if you ask me it's really the main event.


Few would argue that Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Pinehurst are three of the most iconic golf resorts in North America. The trio also share another prominent position that really has nothing to do with sinking a putt.  

The scenic locations host three of the most prestigious concours events in the country. Although Pebble Beach’s and Amelia Island’s vintage car showcases measure their success in decades, the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance is a mere infant, celebrating its fifth anniversary on Saturday.

For several reasons – one of which is a popular post-awards concert that has featured Three Dog Night and The Commodores in past years and country star Sara Evans this year – the Pinehurst Concours has attracted a strong field of world-class cars and judges that are charged with awarding a “best of show” from more than 100 spectacular pieces of rolling history.

An idea whose time has come

Why not a shot clock? (“If USGA and R&A really want to hasten play, try this,” May 2, Test it on the Tour and the Challenge Tour, compare notes and evaluate, and implement if the data show improvement. Sounds pretty simple.

There is value in the shot-clock idea. Pros coming from the test tours will be used to the presence of the clock and may lead the other pros to pick up their pace or get left behind.

Keeping score


Number of scores in the 60s that Jamie Arnold shot in 18 rounds this season on the Tour before Thursday, when he posted a 7-under 65 to lead the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. Arnold, 33, of Sydney, Australia, has made two cuts in seven starts.


Number of bogeys that Shanshan Feng made in 13 holes in defeating Laetitia Beck, 7 and 5, in the first round of the weather-suspended Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico City. Feng, the No. 2 seed in the 64-player event, made four birdies. Top-seeded Lydia Ko defeated hometown favorite Ana Menendez, 3 and 2.


Percentage gain in after-hours trading for Callaway Golf Co. stock after the equipment manufacturer’s quarterly results and outlook topped analysts’ estimates. Shares of Callaway, which trades under the stock ticker ELY on the New York Stock Exchange, jumped to $13.50 after the close of Thursday’s trading.


Number of greens in regulation that Dustin Johnson hit in the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship as he shot 2-under 70 in his first competitive round in six weeks. Johnson, No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, missed the Masters after slipping and injuring his back on the eve of the tournament. He trails Francesco Molinari, who shot 66 at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C.

In the news

Announced: By the PGA Tour, that the 2019 Presidents Cup will be played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The club played host to the biennial matches between the U.S. and International teams in 1998 and 2011. Royal Melbourne, the oldest golf club in Australia, dates to 1891 and moved to its current location in 1926. The Alister MacKenzie-designed course was the site of the Internationals’ lone victory in the series, in 1998.


Sea Pines Resort has announced vacation packages for Canadian travelers to coincide with Air Canada’s direct service from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport that began May 1. The three-night Villa Golf Package starts at $218 per person, per night for four-person occupancy.

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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