by Mike Purkey

It’s quite well known that Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth are extraordinarily close friends. It’s not as clear whether they offer advice to each other and, if they do, whether it’s taken.

That would appear to be the case at the moment. Thomas, fresh off a PGA Championship, FedEx Cup playoffs and ultimately the season champion, plus a victorious and impressive Presidents Cup, finds himself in Asia for the second week in a row – and maybe a third – without much time to catch his breath.


Limit timers to public courses 

I hate slow play – mainly, people not ready to hit when it is their turn.

I lived through the introduction of the shot clock in pro basketball when I did play-by-play for the 76ers in the early days. It improved that game, but I don't want a shot clock at my private club. We aren't in a race against time or have business schedules to meet. We have earned our leisure time and can deal with the laggards on the golf course.



Number of eagles that Justin Thomas made Thursday in posting a 9-under 63 for the first-round lead in the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. After making bogey on the 10th hole to start his day at Nine Bridges Golf Club on Jeju Island, South Korea, Thomas eagled the par-5 12th hole, ran off four consecutive birdies on Nos. 14-17 and the eagled the par-5 18th to turn in 7-under 29. Thomas, the reigning FedEx Cup champion and the Tour’s player of the year, held a three-stroke lead over Scott Brown, Gavin Kyle Green, Marc Leishman, Chez Reavie and Patrick Reed. The 78-man event is the second of three tournaments on the Tour’s fall Asia Swing (scores: 



Bridgestone Golf has been named the golf ball supplier for the Stadiumlinks at SunTrust Park on Oct. 25-29 in Atlanta. The park, home to baseball’s Atlanta Braves, will be turned into a nine-hole golf course, with tee times offered to the public. Bridgestone will be supplying its new Tour B RX ball with a custom Braves logo for participants. Prices start at $85 per person.


Tagmarshal, the golf pace-of-play system, is operational at several properties managed by Advance Golf. Other courses in the Advance Golf network also intend to use Tagmarshal, which promotes faster rounds.


Hilton Head Golf Island, a network of 30-plus courses, offers a variety of winter stay-and-play packages at the South Carolina island and the surrounding area. Sea Pines Resort and Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort are among the participating properties. 


October 19-22
LPGA: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship
Taipei, Taiwan
PGA Tour: CJ Cup at Nine Bridges
Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea
European Tour: Andalucia Valderrama Masters
Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
October 20-22
Champions Tour: Dominion Energy Charity Classic
CC of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
October 26-29
PGA Tour: WGC HSBC Champions
Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai
LPGA: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PGA Tour: Sanderson Farms Championship
Country Club of Jackson (Miss.)
Amateur: Asia-Pacific Amateur
Royal Wellington GC, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
October 27-29
Champions Tour: PowerShares QQQ Championship
Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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