MONDAY | SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
by Alex Miceli

Jordan Spieth is no Tiger Woods, but he continues to draw closer to the Woods mystique, which adds to the intrigue of this week’s Tour Championship.

After a final-round 6-under 65 on Sunday at the BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, Spieth tied for seventh and maintained his lead in the points race entering the season finale in Atlanta (scores: http://bit.ly/1j3khNH; standings: http://bit.ly/1LfD1p0).

 



by Alex Miceli

Bring back the Western Open.

After another successful BMW Championship, the modern substitute for the Western Open, golf observers may wonder why it would be necessary to create a second event for the Western Golf Association.

It’s quite simple: the Western Open never should have been shelved.

 


LPGA must take control of its future 

It is a waste of time to argue over who is to blame for the difference in success of the respective men’s and women’s professional tours (“Inkster: Female golfers deserve better,” Sept. 11, http://bit.ly/2xhZIwL).

The reality is that more people watch the men play, in person and on TV. That translates to sponsors: event sponsors and TV ad people being more willing to spend their dollars on the men's events than the women's events. The LPGA needs to become purely focused on getting a bigger share of that money spent on their events. So how does the tour do that?

 


0.720

The number of points that separated No. 30 Jason Dufner from No. 31 Louis Oosthuizen in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings for the right to advance to this week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta. According to NBC Sports, the margin is less than one stroke spread over the PGA Tour season.

 



Donated: By Jason Day, a BMW M760i (retail price: $155,000-plus) to the Evans Scholars Foundation for a hole-in-one that he made during Friday’s second round of the BMW Championship. Day used a 7-iron to ace the 188-yard, par-3 17th hole at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill. The foundation provides full college scholarships to caddies and is a beneficiary of the Western Golf Association, which operates the annual PGA Tour event.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Oglebay introduced the Valley Pass to reward local residents with golf discounts to the resort’s two courses in Wheeling, W.Va. The Valley Pass is available to residents of Brooke, Hancock, Marshall and Ohio counties in West Virginia; Belmont, Jefferson and Monroe counties in Ohio; and Greene and Washington counties in Pennsylvania. The discounts apply to Speidel Golf Club and Crispin Golf Course at Oglebay.

 

Newly restored Golden Horseshoe Golf Club unveiled its fall golf package for the resort in Williamsburg, Va. The Fall Unlimited Golf package begins at $179 per person, per night and includes play at the resort’s three courses through Nov. 26.

 

CALENDAR
September 15-19
Club pros: PGA of America PGA Cup
Foxhills Club and Resort, Longcross Course, Ottershaw, England
September 21-24
European Tour: Portugal Masters
Dom Pedro Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal
PGA Tour: Tour Championship
East Lake GC, Atlanta
Men’s amateur
Crump Cup, Pine Valley (N.J.) GC
Web.com Tour: DAP Championship
Canterbury GC, Beachwood, Ohio
September 22-24
Champions Tour: Pure Insurance Championship
Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
Symetra Tour: Guardian Championship
Capitol Hill GC, Prattville, Ala.

      
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