TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017
by Mike Purkey

Those who constantly chirp that professional golf is in a great place are only staring into the forest and merely glancing at the trees. Now that it looks for the world as if Tiger Woods is done being Tiger, this search we’ve been on to find golf’s next savior is coming up woefully empty.

That Si Woo Kim won the Players Championship and Jordan Spieth missed the cut – instead of the other way around – speaks to the notion that golf’s present stars are anything but. Nice players and even nicer people, most of them. But not a one of the bunch truly is great, nor do they move golf’s needle.

 


by Steve Elling

By now, Ian Poulter has become a fast master of the art of career reassessment. For those who have enjoyed his spontaneous ad libs on Twitter, those represent merely a fun diversion by comparison.

First, he was left for dead by the roadside when it appeared as if he had lost his PGA Tour card last month for failing to amass enough FedEx Cup points during a major medical extension. Arthritis in his right foot in late 2016 had led to rigor mortis in his game in 2017.

The flashy Englishman already was mulling a letter-writing campaign to tournament directors to seek exemptions over the rest of this season, and guessing which mid-tier events were most likely to accept players who finished outside the top 125 in points, such as John Deere and Memphis. Hard as it is to imagine for some, the entertaining Poulter had been humbled.

 



by Morning Read staff report

Dustin Johnson failed to finish on the first page of the Players Championship leaderboard, but that did nothing to diminish his odds to win the U.S. Open.

Johnson, who tied for 12th on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass yet remains a solid No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, also maintained his favored status in next month’s Open, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Johnson, the defending U.S. Open champion, is a 7-1 favorite to win the June 15-18 tournament at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.

Johnson won his first three starts of 2017 before slipping on stairs at his rental home in Augusta, Ga., on the eve of the Masters. The next day, he withdrew from the season’s first major championship.

 


Blink and they’re gone

I agree with Carl Saunders about the TV coverage of golf (“A case of misdirection,” From the Morning Read inbox, May 15,http://bit.ly/2pOldOn). The director’s choice of what to show usually tells me the director has never played golf.

My pet peeve is the graphics, which usually are shown on screen for about a New York City nanosecond. It seems as if they think we have memorized where the players are, what they're wearing and the leader board (which they show infrequently) and keep track of changes. We don't. 

 


Keeping score

5

Number of major championships on the PGA Tour Champions that will be played in the 50-and-older tour’s next seven events, beginning with this week’s Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Bridgestone Golf introduced its premium TourB Series of clubs, to be made available through a nationwide fitting network. The TourB Series composes drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.

 

Troon will introduce a series of amateur tournaments beginning next month, the golf-management company announced. The Troon Saguaro Amateur Series will begin with The Sizzler on June 10-13 at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

 


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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