by Gary Van Sickle

The eyeball test is valid. That’s why it was amusing early this year when the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A issued a report that effectively patted themselves on the back for getting golf’s distance crisis under control (

I hope those ladies and gents watched golf this year. Under control? Excuse me, but what I’ve seen is that golf is well into Happy Gilmore territory. 


A closer look at the playoff formula 

While I agree with some of what Gary Van Sickle discusses in the FedEx Cup playoff article, I disagree with two points (“FedEx Cup Payoffs: It’s time to cash in,” Aug. 23,

First, he indicated that “I have yet to hear one fan or one fellow writer talk about the points and discuss who needs what to advance to the next event.”



Number of competitors in the U.S. Senior Amateur, which begins this weekend, who competed in last week’s U.S. Amateur. Matthew Sughrue of Arlington, Va., who was runner-up in the 2016 Senior Amateur, and New York’s George Zahringer, the 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, missed the cut for match play last week. Stroke-play qualifying in the 63rd U.S. Senior Amateur begins Saturday at Minikahda Club in Minneapolis. Dave Ryan of Taylorville, Ill., is the defending champion (tee times:


Committed: To play in the East Lake Cup, the eight teams from the men’s and women’s match-play semifinals in the 2017 NCAA Championship, according to Golf Channel, which will televise the matches this fall. Defending men’s champion Oklahoma will be joined by runner-up Oregon, Illinois and Vanderbilt, and defending women’s champion Arizona State will be joined by runner-up Northwestern, Stanford and Southern California for the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 match-play event at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.



Aline reports that 10 players are wearing the company’s foot-suspension products at this week’s The Northern Trust, the first event of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs, at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y.


August 24-27
PGA Tour: The Northern Trust
Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, N.Y. Tour: WinCo Foods Portland Open
Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Ore.
European Tour: Made in Denmark
Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort, Farso, Denmark
LPGA: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Ottawa Hunt and GC, Ottawa, Ontario
August 25-27
Champions Tour: Boeing Classic
The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.
August 26-31
Men’s amateur: U.S. Senior Amateur
The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis
August 31 - September 3
LPGA: Cambia Portland Classic
Columbia-Edgewater CC, Portland, Ore.
Symetra Tour: Sioux Falls Great Life Challenge
Willow Run GC, Sioux Falls, S.D. Tour: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
Ohio State GC (Scarlet), Columbus, Ohio
European Tour: D+D Real Czech Masters
Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic
September 1-3
Champions Tour: Shaw Charity Classic
Canyon Meadows G&CC, Calgary, Alberta
September 1-4
PGA Tour: Dell Technologies Championship
TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.
September 2-4
Men’s amateur: Labor Day Invitational
CC of Mobile (Ala.)
Men’s amateur: California State Fair
Haggin Oaks (MacKenzie), Sacramento, Calif.

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