by Gary Van Sickle

Welcome to the Sanderson Farms Championship, the best little tournament on the PGA Tour.

The SFC is little only in relation to the rest of the Tour, which is populated with the FedEx Cup series, World Golf Championships, purses in excess of $6 million and the best golfers on the planet.

Yes, most of the world’s best are teeing it up in the WGC event in Shanghai this week, so the Sanderson Farms, with its $4.3 million purse, has the best of the rest who want to get their 2017-18 season rolling. Sometimes, smaller is better.


Check the ego and move up

Hector Fernandez has it exactly correct (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 24, Too many players – almost always men – have unrealistic expectations and want to play from “the tips” or “the blues” when they actually should pay more attention to the yardages on the card. 

Golf needs to get past the stereotypical verbiage of “men’s” and “women’s” tees. Even “back” or “forward” tees don’t cut it. Guys (mostly) have to check their egos at the door to help speed up play.


Postponed: Tiger Woods’ DUI hearing, from today until Friday, according to The Associated Press. Woods, 41, was arrested May 29 in Jupiter, Fla., when police officers found him unconscious in his damaged Mercedes-Benz (“Woods needs help, and his life might depend on it,” May 31, A toxicology report found that Woods had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers and sleep and anti-anxiety drugs in his system, but no alcohol. Woods is scheduled to plead guilty to reckless driving and enter a diversion program. He would spend a year on probation, pay a $250 fine and attend DUI school, among other conditions.


Keeping score


Number of nations represented in the 78-man HSBC WGC Champions event this week in Shanghai (tee times: The U.S., with 21 players, leads the contingent at Sheshan International Golf Club, followed by England (8), China (7) and Australia (7).


The second annual Steelwood Collegiate Golf Tournament will be played Oct. 26-29 at Steelwood Country Club in Loxley, Ala. The Jerry Pate-designed course sits within a 1,500-acre community just north of the Gulf Coast.


A limited number of volunteer positions remain available for the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which will be played May 24-27 at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich. The positions are limited to volunteers age 22 and older and entail four shifts totaling 16 hours.


Youth on Course, a nonprofit organization that provides youngsters with subsidized rounds, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships, will conduct its annual online auction Nov. 12-16. The proceeds will be used to provide more “$5 or less” rounds for juniors.


Troon and CaddieMaster have expanded caddie programs to 11 more Troon-affiliated facilities in Arizona for the November-April season. The move follows the 2016 launch of caddie programs at six Phoenix/Scottsdale-area clubs.


Antigua will launch its spring women’s apparel line with an emphasis on three trends in the marketplace: holographic effects, color mixture and patterns/prints, according to Peoria, Ariz.-based Antigua Group.


Actor and comedian Darrell Hammond, a 14-year veteran of “Saturday Night Live,” will entertain attendees during the closing celebration Feb. 8 at the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, according to host Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.


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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