THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
by Alex Miceli

It’s easy for U.S. residents to take for granted how our lives are so different from those in many other countries.  

The plight of those who are less fortunate is important, but for most of us it does not consume our daily thoughts.

For Jhonattan Vegas, his thoughts rarely stray from his family in Venezuela. His relatives live in constant danger in Vegas’ South American homeland, which is under the dictatorial control of socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Vegas has openly questioned Maduro’s legitimacy as the nation has been transformed from a prospering oil economy to a place of civil unrest and crime in the streets.

 



by Steve Elling

He’s rehabbing from his fourth spinal surgery, conducted earlier this spring. Then he spent a month in treatment over the summer because of a reliance on prescription drugs.

Given the back story, as Tiger Woods resurfaces in public for the first time in months at the Presidents Cup matches, the question beckons: Is there such a thing as three-habbing?

 


by Adam Schupak

CBS’s Jim Nantz and NBC’s Dan Hicks rotate as the voices of golf that we welcome into our living room each week. Throw in Fox’s Joe Buck – during the U.S. Open, at least – and Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner and you have a distinguished foursome behind the mic. We've heard Nantz say, “Hello, friends” and wax nostalgic about Augusta National enough that we feel like we know him. But not even Nantz can claim to call more live PGA Tour golf than Earl Forcey.

 


by Alex Miceli

With the U.S. listed as a prohibitive 1-4 favorite among Las Vegas oddsmakers to win the Presidents Cup matches that begin today, the Americans seem highly likely to tighten their grip on this one-sided biennial series against the Internationals.

The U.S. has won the opening session eight of 11 times, compiling a 41-20 edge in points. That fast start has helped set the tone for the Americans, who lead the series, 9-1-1, and are looking for a seventh consecutive victory. If today’s foursomes matches at Liberty National Golf Club should follow that historical trend, fans might divert their attention even faster toward the weekend’s college and professional football games.

 


Looking for a break 

A wonderful thing for women's golf – and men's, as well – was “The Big Break” series on Golf Channel. It gave us a chance to get to know the golfers. Why they canceled it instead of finding better ways to promote it, I have no idea.

Bring back “The Big Break.” It helps more than they realized.

 


Keeping score

3

Number of former U.S. presidents who are expected to attend the Presidents Cup matches, which begin today at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama will attend today’s ceremony to open the matches. All are former honorary chairmen of the biennial matches between the Americans and Internationals. This will be the first time since 2005, when Clinton and George H.W. Bush attended, that the matches have attracted multiple former presidents.



In the news

Released: By the PGA Tour, the 2017-18 schedule for the developmental Web.com Tour, which will play 27 tournaments in 18 states and four foreign countries, with prize money totaling $18.3 million (schedule: http://bit.ly/2wjN0tX).



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Tim Basel has been named Professional of the Year by the Gulf States PGA Section, which covers Mississippi and Louisiana. Basel, the head golf professional at Reunion Golf and Country Club in Madison, Miss., will receive the award Dec. 10 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

 

Billy Casper Golf has announced two promotions among its executive ranks: Tom Reilly, to vice president of talent management, and Sandra Colareta, to vice president of contracts and risk management. Billy Casper Golf operates nearly 150 properties in 29 states. 

 

CALENDAR
September 26-28
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s State Team
The Club at Las Campanas (Sunrise), Santa Fe, N.M.
September 28 - October 1
LPGA: McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open
Windross Farm GC, Ardmore, New Zealand
PGA Tour: Presidents Cup
Liberty National GC, Jersey City, N.J.
Web.com Tour: Web.com Tour Championship
Atlantic Beach (Fla.) CC
European Tour: British Masters
Close House GC, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
September 29 - October 1
Symetra Tour: IOA Golf Classic
Alaqua CC, Longwood, Fla.

      
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