MAY 11, 2017

Here’s everything that you need to know about The Players Championship this week, not including directions to Al’s Pizza, a popular joint just up the road for, ahem, discerning diners:

·      The Players is not a major. You know how you can tell? There’s no number in front of the tournament name. The U.S. Open at Erin Hills next month is officially the 117th U.S. Open; at Royal Birkdale, it’s the 146th British Open and at Quail Hollow, it’s the 99th PGA Championship. The Masters doesn’t have to count ‘em up. It’s the Masters. Even the Super Bowl keeps score, although with Roman numerals, which makes waiting for Super Bowl LII in 2018 seem that much longer. The Players, though numberless, is a big deal with a strong field, major-league traffic and an iconic setting at TPC Sawgrass. The tournament course record is LXIII, by the way, held by VI players: Colt Knost (2016), Jason Day (2016), Martin Kaymer (2014), Roberto Castro (2013), Greg Norman (1994) and Fred Couples (1992).


Although Mark Twain wasn’t a golfer, he was, among many other attributes, quotable. “Golf is a good walk spoiled” is one that he gets credit for, as he does for “everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

(For the record, while he owns the first, he borrowed the second from his friend and fellow writer Charles Dudley Warner. You could say Twain was practicing, intentionally or not, the editorial equivalent of “lift, clean and place.”)

While people like you who care about golf no doubt discount the first, you might do well to extrapolate the second as it applies to the clichéd phrase “growing the game.”

Keeping score


Age, in years, of Bernhard Langer, the oldest competitor in The Players Championship, which begins today at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This will be the third consecutive Players Championship for Langer, a two-time Masters champion who has won three consecutive Constellation Senior Players titles.


Price, in millions of dollars, that Adidas Group will receive for its TaylorMade, Adams Golf and Ashworth brands in a sale to a newly formed affiliate of KPS Capital Partners, according to a news release Wednesday from the German sports-apparel giant. The deal is expected to close later this year. Adidas had been shopping its golf units since mid-2015. Five of the top eight players in the Official World Golf Ranking are under TaylorMade endorsement contracts: No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 2 Rory McIlroy, No. 3 Jason Day, No. 6 Sergio Garcia and No. 8 Justin Rose.

In the news

Announced: By the U.S. Golf Association, that Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Country Club will play host to the 2019 Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The dates will be Aug. 24-29.


Troon has appointed Tim Schantz as president, the golf-management company announced. Schantz joined Troon in 1998, having served most recently as executive vice president of global business development. In his new role, Schantz will oversee strategic planning, global development, branding and Troon’s newest business, True Club Solutions.

Golfzon has been named as the official golf simulator partner of the National Golf Course Owners Association. Golfzon, which started in 2000 in South Korea, claims to have more than 30,000 simulators in use in 40-plus countries.

Arccos Golf launched Arccos Caddie, powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, to help golfers make data-driven decisions on the course. Arccos Caddie uses some 61 million shots hit by the Arccos community, elevation data and 386 million geotagged data points on 40,000-plus golf courses, plus weather information.

Aline, a maker of golf shoe insoles, has partnered with Revolution Golf to deliver multiple media campaigns for its products. The campaigns will be delivered to Revolution Golf’s 1.5 million clients.

May 11-14
PGA Tour: The Players Championship
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
European Tour: Portugal Open
Morgado G&CC, Portimao, Portugal
Symetra Tour: Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Classic
Links at Stoney Point, Greenwood, S.C.
May 15-17
College men: NCAA Division I regionals at six sites
Baton Rouge, La.; College Grove, Tenn.; West Lafayette, Ind.; Stanford, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Sammamish, Wash.
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 19-24
College women: NCAA Division I championship
Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Ill.
May 21-25
Industry: ING Spring Conference
World Golf Village and Hall of Fame Museum, St. Augustine, Fla.
May 25-28
Champions Tour: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship
Trump National GC, Potomac Falls, Va.
LPGA: LPGA Volvik Championship
Travis Point CC, Ann Arbor, Mich.
PGA Tour: Dean & DeLuca Invitational
Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
European Tour: BMW PGA Championship
Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, England
May 25-31
College men: NCAA Division I championship
Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Ill.
May 26-29
Junior: AJGA Thunderbird International Junior
Grayhawk GC (Raptor), Scottsdale, Ariz.

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