THURSDAY
SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
by Gary Van Sickle

My doctor told me something troubling a few weeks ago. No, not my weight, wise guy.

The doc classified himself as merely a casual observer of golf. He said he likes Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy “and those other guys,” and they were obviously extremely good players who seemed like good guys but … they just don’t interest him. He doesn’t find them compelling.

 



Demand change for women in golf

Juli Inkster said what every woman who works in the golf industry feels every day (“Inkster: Female golfers deserve better,” Sept. 11, http://bit.ly/2xhZIwL). 

It starts at the top. CEOs make the decision whether to sponsor golf tournaments. Of all the Fortune 500 companies in the U.S., women hold only 4 percent of those top spots. If given the opportunity, most men want to hang out with other men. Think Augusta National, land of white male CEOs. Women who care about this issue should start directing their efforts toward those 4 percent.

 


Fired: Colin Swatton, as caddie for Jason Day, who said that he would like for Swatton to remain as his coach. Swatton has coached Day, 29, since the Australian was 12. Day has a friend on the bag this week for the BMW Championship, the third FedEx Cup playoff event, at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill. (tee times: http://bit.ly/2xt4sjU).

 



Keeping score

101

Number of Americans who registered for the first stage of the European Tour Qualifying Tournament, which began this week. Overall, 909 players will compete at eight sites in seven countries – Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Scotland – for membership on the European and Challenge tours. The finals will be staged Nov. 11-16 at Lumine Golf Club in Tarragona, Spain (scores and schedule: http://bit.ly/2dp84sH).


CALENDAR
September 9-14
Women’s amateur: U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
Waverley CC, Portland, Ore.
September 14-17
PGA Tour: BMW Championship
Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, Ill.
Web.com Tour: Albertsons Boise Open
Hillcrest CC, Boise, Idaho
European Tour: KLM Open
The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands
LPGA: Evian Championship
Evian Resort GC, Evian-les-Bains, France
September 15-17
Champions Tour: Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
Bear Mountain Resort, Victoria, British Columbia
Symetra Tour: Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout
Mystic Creek GC, El Dorado, Ark.
September 15-19
Club pros: PGA of America PGA Cup
Foxhills Club and Resort, Longcross Course, Ottershaw, England

      
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