FRIDAY | NOVEMBER 3, 2017
by Alex Miceli

Nicolas Colsaerts, the first-round co-leader in the Turkish Airlines Open, is still recovering from one of his worst decisions as a professional golfer: trying to play the PGA Tour.

The long-hitting Colsaerts, dubbed the Belgian Bomber, took special temporary membership in September 2012, with hopes of playing the PGA and European tours.

 



by Alex Miceli

If Ian Poulter had one of those DNA tests that are popular these days, he might find that he has a little Turkish blood in him.

Since 2013, when Poulter tied for fifth here in the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open, the Englishman has felt right at home in the former Ottoman Empire. He finished second in 2014 and tied for 16th in 2015 (he didn’t play here last year). All told, Poulter has posted 13 scores in Turkey, with nine of them in the 60s, including a bogey-free 66 on Thursday at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort here on the Mediterranean coast. 

 


The uneasy quest for our best values

Please consider why we have sports at all. Is it a competition to determine the best, or is it an opportunity for both genders to participate in the exercise? (“Gender bias sidelines Massachusetts girl,” Oct. 26, http://bit.ly/2xpwWrg).

For example, the USGA runs an event called the U.S. Open. It doesn't call it the U.S. Men's Open, because its purpose is to determine the best golfer, regardless of any characteristic, including gender. It also runs an event called the U.S. Women's Open, to determine the best female golfer. The LPGA runs events for women who are members of its organization limited to women. The PGA is not the MPGA: Male Professional Golfers’ Association. The PGA opens its events to anyone who qualifies, regardless of gender. 

 



1

Number of previous golf tournaments in Japan in which Canada’s Brooke Henderson has competed. She won the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Games in Karuizawa. Henderson, 20, a two-time winner on the LPGA this season and No. 13 in the Rolex Rankings, was among the favorites when the Toto Japan Classic began early today at Taiheiyo Club’s Minori Course in Omitama City (scores: http://bit.ly/1zkYSEX; tee times: http://bit.ly/2h6N0eq).

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

PGA Golf Club, the 54-hole home facility of the PGA of America, will display the Ryder Cup trophy inside the main entrance to the clubhouse in Port St. Lucie, Fla., beginning Nov. 8. The trophy will be available through the end of the year, except for Nov. 14-18 and Dec. 12-16. Visitors will be encouraged to take photos of the trophy, which the Americans won last year in their biennial matches with Europe’s top professionals, and other Ryder Cup memorabilia on display.

 

Rio Verde (Ariz.) Community and Country Club will play host to the Rio Verde Invitational on Feb. 23-25. The 17-team women’s college event, hosted by Western Michigan, will be played at Rio Verde’s two courses, Quail Run and White Wing.

 

CALENDAR
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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