by Adam Schupak

On Tuesday, I asked Jack Nicklaus if he remembers the first time he met Greg Norman. 

"You mean, the time Greg cold-topped his drive?" Nicklaus said.

Nicklaus smiled and promised I'd hear all about it Wednesday when Norman would be feted as one of this year's four Memorial Tournament honorees.


by Alex Miceli

The PGA Tour owes a big “thank you” to Andrew Johnston, known among golf fans worldwide as “Beef.”

Johnston, the affable Englishman, brought Arby’s into golf last year when he signed a sponsorship deal with the Sandy Springs, Ga.-based fast-food chain renowned for its roast-beef sandwiches.

On Wednesday, Arby’s was introduced as the “official restaurant of the PGA Tour” in a four-year deal that provides the company with its only sports platform.


Purkey takes Woods incident too far

I just read Mike Purkey’s article and found myself wondering if Mr. Purkey has a God complex (“Woods needs help, and his life might depend on it,” May 31,

To my knowledge, this is Tiger Woods’ first offense. Saying that Woods should spend the rest of his life “in service and philanthropy” actually made me spit my morning coffee. Why would he do that?



Percentage decline in rounds played in the U.S. in April, compared with the same month in 2016, according to Golf Datatech’s National Golf Rounds Played Report. Public-access play fell 2.9 percent, and private-course activity was up 0.9 percent. The Pacific region (California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington) recorded the biggest decline, at 10.4 percent, during a month with extraordinarily high rainfall. Year-to-date, the number of rounds played in the U.S. is down 3 percent from the same period in 2016.


In the news

Disclosed: Eligibility details for the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, the PGA Tour’s first official event in South Korea, which had been announced last fall. Five spots will be reserved among the 78-man field for members of the Korean Golf Tour: winners of the KPGA Championship, Genesis Championship and the top three from the Korea Golf Tour’s Order of Merit. The CJ Cup will be played Oct. 19-22 at Jeju Island’s Nine Bridges.


Four collegians fresh from the NCAA Championship have been offered sponsor exemptions into the John Deere Classic, tournament officials announced. Dylan Meyer and Nick Hardy, teammates at Illinois, will join Stanford’s Maverick McNealy and Oregon’s Wyndham Clark in the July 13-16 PGA Tour event at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.


Nine college-bound children of Golf Course Superintendents Association of America members have received grants to help with education expenses. The Garske Collegiate Grants were established in honor of Par Aide company founder Joseph S. Garske.


Pinehurst Resort recently opened its first off-site branded retail location, on Broad Street in the historic district of nearby Southern Pines, N.C. In a nod to the structure having been the former home of a bank, the site is called “The Vault.” Longtime Pinehurst vendor Ahead oversaw the site’s transformation. The Vault will offer golf apparel, accessories and headwear.


The Massachusetts Golf Association has selected Buffalo.Agency to provide marketing and communications support, the MGA announced. The MGA, which supports amateur golf statewide and dates to 1903, represents 360 member clubs and 87,000 golfers. It will be merging with the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts, effective Jan. 1, 2018.


Kevin Kisner won the recent Dean and DeLuca Invitational with Aline Golf equipment in his shoes, the company reported. Kisner is the third player wearing Aline to win on the PGA Tour this season, the company said.


June 1-4 Tour: Rex Hospital Open
TPC Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C.
PGA Tour: The Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
European Tour: Nordea Masters
Barseback G&CC, Malmo, Sweden
June 2-4
Symetra Tour: Fuccillo Kia Classic of NY
Capital Hills at Albany (N.Y.)
LPGA: ShopRite LPGA Classic
Stockton Seaview Hotel & GC, Galloway, N.J.
June 5
U.S. Open sectional qualifying
(10 sites)
June 6
Industry: Women’s Golf Day
various golf facilities worldwide
June 7-10
Men’s amateur: Monroe Invitational
Monroe GC, Pittsford, N.Y.
June 8-11
European Tour: Lyoness Open
Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria
LPGA: Manulife LPGA Classic
Whistle Bear GC, Cambridge, Ontario
Men’s amateur: Palmer Cup
Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga.
PGA Tour: FedEx St. Jude Classic
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn. Tour: Rust-Oleum Championship
Ivanhoe (Ill.) Club
June 9-11
Symetra Tour: Four Winds Invitational
Blackthorn GC, South Bend, Ind.
Champions Tour: Principal Charity Classic
Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa
June 14-17
Men’s amateur: Sunnehanna Amateur
Sunnehanna CC, Johnstown, Pa.
June 15-18
LPGA: Meijer LPGA Classic
Blythefield CC, Belmont, Mich. Tour: Air Capital Classic
Crestview CC, Wichita, Kan.
PGA Tour: U.S. Open
Erin Hills, Erin, Wis.
June 16-18
Symetra Tour: Decatur-Forsyth Classic
Hickory Point GC, Decatur, Ill.
June 18-22
Junior: Western Junior
Park Ridge (Ill.) CC
June 19-24
Men’s amateur: British Amateur
Royal St. George’s GC, Sandwich, England
June 20-21
Junior: Pepsi Little People’s Tournament
Westview GC and Knights of Columbus Par 3, Quincy, Ill.
June 21-24
Men’s amateur: Northeast Amateur
Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, R.I.

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