by Gary Van Sickle

The PGA Tour’s finale is where the wave of young players dominating the game are supposed to steal the show. At least, that’s what it says in the script I swiped from the NBC satellite truck.

One round into the Tour Championship, the young guns are stealing the show. Except they’re the young guns from 2012. 



Number of players who won the Tour Championship in their first appearance (Chad Campbell, 2003; Bart Bryant, 2005; Bill Haas, 2011; and Henrik Stenson, 2013), excluding Tom Watson, who won the inaugural title, in 1987. Kyle Stanley, who is making his Tour Championship debut, leads after a first-round 64 on Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta (scores:


In the news

Named: As captain of the European team for the 2019 Solheim Cup, Catriona Matthew. The biennial matches will be played Sept. 13-15 at Gleneagles Hotel’s PGA Centenary Course in Matthew’s native Scotland. The U.S. has won two consecutive matches and leads the series, 10-5.


Carr Golf, a tour provider of golf vacations to Scotland and Ireland, announced its Golf and Gridiron Experience for 2018. The package, which starts at $6,725 per person based on a group of eight, includes attendance at an NFL game in London and play at Sunningdale Golf Club.


Golfzon will participate in the National Golf Course Owners Association’s Golf Business TechCon event next week in Las Vegas, the golf-simulator manufacturer announced. Golfzon will present one of its simulators and host an educational session during the Sept. 27-28 event.


The World Golf Foundation has named James Cramer as vice president of communications. Cramer worked in a similar capacity with the PGA Tour.


Tagmarshal, with its pace-of-play management products, has partnered with foreUP and its course-management platform to help improve analytics for golf-course clients.


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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