by Alex Miceli

It’s a familiar cry that took on new life when Tiger Woods discussed it in a recent podcast.

“We need to do something about the golf ball,” Woods said. “I think it goes too far.”

The modern ball and its distance gains have been debated ad nauseam by Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and the late Arnold Palmer, to name just a few of the prominent critics who contend that the ball needs to be rolled back.


Open means just that: It’s open to all

In a recent letter to the editor, the reader got it backwards (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov. 6, http://bit.ly/2zoEiz2).

The U.S. Open Championship is exactly that, “open” to all – men, women, children – as long as you have a low-enough handicap index and can survive the rigors of qualifying (details: http://bit.ly/2j60FmL).

Not that long ago, Michelle Wie attempted to do just that.


In the news

Declared: That he is turning professional, Texas A&M senior Cameron Champ, GolfDigest.com reported. Champ will forego the spring semester and make his pro debut this week on a sponsor exemption at the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico, according to the report. Champ, 22, of Sacramento, Calif., played on this year’s victorious U.S. Walker Cup team. During the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, he led the field in driving distance, at 337.3 yards, en route to a tie for 32nd. 

Keeping score


Position in the Rolex Rankings for South Korean Sung Hyun Park, who becomes the first LPGA rookie to top the world rankings. Park, 24, surpassed countrywoman So Yeon Ryu, who had held the top spot for the past 19 weeks. Park becomes the fourth South Korean to top the rankings, after Ryu, Inbee Park (92 weeks) and Jiyai Shin (25 weeks). Sung Hyun Park, a two-time winner this season, leads the LPGA in earnings, with $2,161,005, entering the final two events (rankings: http://bit.ly/2j76ikc). 


Sixteen golf instructors from 15 Troon-affiliated facilities in nine states have been named “Best in State” in Golf Digest magazine’s ranking of the country’s top teachers, Troon reported. Also, Andrew Rice of the Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga., and Mike LaBauve of Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., were listed among America’s 50 best teachers.


November 8-11
Jian Lake Blue Bay GC, Xincun, Hainan
November 9-12
Club pros: National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship
PGA GC (Wanamaker), Port St. Lucie, Fla.
European Tour: Nedbank Golf Challenge
Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa
PGA Tour: OHL Classic
El Camaleon GC at Mayakoba Resort, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
November 10-12
Champions Tour: Charles Schwab Championship
Phoenix (Ariz.) CC

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