SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 2017
by Gary Van Sickle

The leaderboard was the bearer of bad news. By the time Jordan Spieth arrived at the first tee Friday afternoon for his 1:35 starting time in the 99th PGA Championship, Kevin Kisner had polished off a second straight 67 at Quail Hollow Club and posted at 8 under par.

That meant Spieth was – yikes! – nine strokes off the lead before he’d even hit a shot. Just because Tour players are used to that kind of thing on a weekly basis doesn’t mean they’re immune.

 


Ernie Els Brands

by Adam Schupak

Jordan Spieth has won at Pebble Beach, Hartford, and, of course, Royal Birkdale this season, but he fell one stroke shy of defending his title at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. After Kevin Kisner donned the champion's tartan jacket, he was asked how he felt about beating Texas-born Spieth, the fan favorite in Fort Worth.

“He’s a great kid. I love him. But I love beating him, too,” Kisner said.

 


by Steve Elling

Clearly, the additional coverage available for viewers at golf’s major championships on American satellite carrier DirecTV is designed to supplement, not supplant, the broadcasts of the traditional networks.

Whether it’s NBC/Golf Channel, CBS, ESPN or TNT doing the heavy lifting on a particular day during a majors week, the four bonus channels available on DirecTV offer morsels from the bigger Grand Slam buffet, and are mostly viewed by those who prefer to watch specific holes or players in feature groups.

 


Buck, Johnson excel in family business 

Following in the footsteps of great fathers never has been easy. Second-generation sports broadcasters Joe Buck and Ernie Johnson have done it very well (“TNT’s Johnson disarms haters at PGA,” Aug. 11, http://bit.ly/2vM4u5i).

Buck sometimes comes across as a bit standoffish, even though he probably isn't. Johnson comes across as your best friend to whom you could tell your problems and he would not judge you. Perception, not necessarily reality, is the key.

 


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Number of holes that co-leader Conrad Shindler played Friday during the weather-delayed second round of the Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship. Shindler is tied at 9 under with Tyler Duncan, who went 4 under for 11 holes at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Mo. Half of the field will start its second round today before the 36-hole cut can be made (scores: http://bit.ly/2uLzwps).

 



In the news

Out: As head of the Ladies European Tour, chief executive officer Ivan Khodabakhsh. The LET canceled seven events this season, dropping the season schedule to 15 tournaments. Other than the major championships, the LET has staged only six tournaments to date this season. According to Golfweek’s London-based correspondent Alistair Tait, Khodabakhsh’s fate was sealed with ISPS Handa dropped its sponsorship of the European Ladies Masters and the event was scrapped. Prominent European player Catriona Matthew recently called for change, leading to the ouster ahead of next week’s Solheim Cup against the Americans at Des Moines Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. Mark Lichtenhein, chairman of the LET’s board of directors, will oversee tour operations.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Chase54, a brand of golf and lifestyle apparel, will introduce its CoolFuze fabric at the PGA Fashion and Demo Experience on Aug. 14-16 in Las Vegas. CoolFuze reacts to moisture to lower the temperature of the fabric, according to Chase54. The fabric will be featured in Chase54’s Luxe in Motion spring collection.

 

Global Turf Equipment, an independent seller and exporter of used golf course equipment, has named Golf Ventures International as its Caribbean sales agent. Tampa, Fla.-based GTE services golf facilities in 50 states and 80-plus countries.

 

CALENDAR
August 7-13
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur
San Diego CC, Chula Vista, Calif.
August 10-13
Web.com Tour: Price Cutter Charity Championship
Highland Springs CC, Springfield, Mo.
PGA Tour: PGA Championship
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.
August 14-20
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
August 17-20
European Tour: Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Golf Resort Bad Griesbach (Germany)
Web.com Tour: News Sentinel Open
Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.
PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship
Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.
European Tour: Fiji International
Natadola (Fiji) Bay GC
August 18-20
Champions Tour: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.
LPGA: Solheim Cup
Des Moines CC, West Des Moines, Iowa

      
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