by Gary Van Sickle

There is one thing missing from this week’s Tour Championship. (Well, three if you count Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson, who didn’t qualify.)


The 30-man field for the Tour Championship features the richest of the rich. No one won more money or amassed more FedEx Cup points this season. Now these golfers will play for a $10 million FedEx Cup bonus, in addition to the $8.75 million purse (tee times:; reset FedEx Cup standings:; FedEx Cup scenarios:


LPGA needs a winning game plan

Maybe the LPGA should take a look at what the NFL did back in the day (“Inkster: Female golfers deserve better,” Sept. 11,

In 1960, the NFL owners hired a public-relations specialist by the name of Pete Rozelle. In his 30 years as the commissioner, he did things that brought football from the brink of disaster to what it has become today. The NFL has taken over what many believe to be America's greatest game to watch.



Percentage of respondents who answered “No” to a Morning Read social-media poll that asked, “Should a PGA Tour player be allowed to gamble on himself or competitors during a tournament?”


Number of juniors from The First Tee program who will be paired with a like number of professionals, plus two other amateurs in each group, in this week’s Pure Insurance Championship on the Champions Tour. Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links and nearby Poppy Hills Golf Course will host the event (tee times:


Vandalized: Four of President Donald Trump’s golf courses in the New York-New Jersey area in recent days, according to Bloomberg News. An unidentified suspect has been charged. A green at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey, site of the recent U.S. Women’s Open, was among the putting surfaces defaced with anti-Trump slogans. Trump courses at Ferry Point, Hudson Valley and Westchester County, all in New York, also were vandalized. The crimes follow a similar act in March at Trump’s Los Angeles-area course.



Reynolds Lake Oconee will debut the initial phase of its Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds this fall, the Greensboro, Ga., resort announced. The complex will feature a 20-station course for sporting clays, a five-stand shooting range and air-rifle center, plus archery and hiking activities on the nearly 100-acre facility.


Mike Loustalot, the founder of the ORCA Report, will present an educational session during the Golf Business TechCon event onSept. 27-28 in Las Vegas. Loustalot will head a session titled “Technology and Your Top Line” during the conference, overseen by the National Golf Course Owners Association for course owners, operators and other industry professionals.


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 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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