by Alex Miceli

The inaugural eight-event Rolex Series has done exactly what it was designed to do this year for the European Tour: keep the tour’s big names at home.

This week’s Turkish Airlines Open begins a three-week stretch run, culminating with the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai (tee times:


Keep ranking points out of ‘silly season’

It is a joke that world-ranking points are being awarded for the Hero World Challenge, an 18-man unofficial event (“Next comes the hard part for Woods,” Oct. 31,

This is just another “silly season” event and should be treated like one.  


Keeping score


Ranking for Arnold Palmer on the Forbes magazine list of “top-earning dead celebrities of 2017.” Palmer, the golf legend who died Sept. 25, 2016, generates an estimated $40 million in post-mortem annual income for his estate. That ranks behind only the late singer Michael Jackson’s estimated $75 million in annual earnings. The rest of the top five, according to Forbes: Peanuts cartoon creator Charles Schulz ($38 million), singer Elvis Presley ($35 million) and singer Bob Marley ($23 million).


K-Motion Interactive congratulated 17 of its certified coaches for their inclusion in Golf Digest’s ranking of the magazine’s “50 Best Teachers in America.” The instructors have adopted the K-Vest or K-Player wearable aids in their work with students.


XXIO introduced the XXIO X line of woods and irons, the 10th generation of the company’s clubs. The XXIO X clubs will be available in North America beginning Dec. 9.


Cider Ridge Golf Club in Oxford, Ala., has named Lee Shurden as its director of golf and club manager. The announcement was made by Honours Golf, which manages the 18-hole facility.


Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Resort recently completed the renovation and expansion of its event pavilion. The 5,600-square-foot center hosts 50-75 events per year. The 36-hole resort is owned by the city of Indian Wells and managed by Troon Golf.


Montgomery Country Club in Laytonsville, Md., has opened the Husk+Vine restaurant, which showcases the region’s agricultural and culinary heritage. The restaurant is part of a renovation of the existing clubhouse and its outdoor spaces undertaken by club owner Arcis Golf.


November 2-5
LPGA: Toto Japan Classic
Taiheiyo Club (Minori), Omitama City, Japan
PGA Tour: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas
European Tour: Turkish Airlines Open
Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort, Belek, Turkey

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