MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017
by Steve Elling

Sean Foley was out on the water, enjoying a day of boating with his family in central Florida, when the golf instructor's phone rang late Sunday afternoon.

What he learned over the next few minutes ranked as the happiest of news, though it wasn’t particularly surprising, considering the pedigree of the player in question.

With his phone turned off, Foley had no idea that one of his newest pupils, rising South Korean star Si Woo Kim, was cruising to a victory on one of the biggest events in golf, The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

 


by Gary Van Sickle

Something unusual is going to happen today at Erin Hills golf course in Wisconsin. 

Golf will be played.

It is officially known as Preview Day. Assembled media members and U.S. Golf Association members will converge on tiny Erin, Wis., about 45 minutes west of Milwaukee, to get a sneak preview of Erin Hills, site of next month’s U.S. Open. Some of those on hand, including media hacks, will walk the course and play.

 



Does Tour really need my $6 a month?

Checking out the Players leaderboard, I noted that there were some video options, and after clicking I was told that they were part of PGA Tour Live, requiring a subscription. It is hard for me to believe that the PGA Tour needs to charge $40 a year or $6 a month for golfers to watch advertising and a video online. The Masters provided streaming for free, with some advertising.

I guess it is a sign of the times, but enough is enough.

 


Keeping score

2

Score that Rafael Cabrera-Bello made on the par-5 16th hole Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, only the third albatross in the history of The Players Championship. (Hunter Mahan made 2 on the par-5 11th in the second round in 2007, and Peter Lonard made 2 on the par-5 second in the third round, also in ’07.) Cabrera-Bello would go on to birdie the 17th and par No. 18, playing the final three holes in 4 under, to shoot 70 and tie for fourth.

3

Number of bogey-free rounds that Matt Wallace posted in shooting 21-under 271 in the Portugal Open at Morgado Golf Resort at Portimao, Portugal. In going wire-to-wire, Wallace, 27, of England, won his first European Tour title. Julian Suri, a 2013 Duke alumnus and the only American in the field, placed second, three strokes behind.

69

Number of balls hit into the water on the peninsula par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass during The Players Championship. It was the highest number of splashes since 93 balls were rinsed in 2007.

450

Number of collegiate golfers to compete in the NCAA Division I men’s regionals beginning today at six sites across the country. The competitors – 81 five-man teams and 45 individuals from non-qualifying teams – will play Monday through Wednesday in Baton Rouge, La.; College Grove, Tenn.; West Lafayette, Ind.; Stanford, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Sammamish, Wash. The top five teams and top individual from a non-qualifying team out of each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship on May 25-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.



CALENDAR
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.
Web.com 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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