NOVEMBER 8, 2017
by Ron Kroichick

More than ever, the U.S. Golf Association needs Pebble Beach. All those picturesque, breathtaking vistas. All those cool, memorable holes. All that rich, vivid history. 

Oh, and all those bumped-up television ratings. That, too. 

So, eight years between U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach is better than nine. But why not seven? Or even five, just like Pebble’s kindred spirit, the Old Course at St. Andrews?


Tiger Woods’ convenient stance

Where was Tiger Woods when he was enjoying Nike making a ball to fit his particular specifications and wants? (“Woods fails to sway key Euros on ball debate,” Nov. 7, Oh, yes; he was enjoying the advantage. Forget the rest of the field.



Have you ever made a golf shot and thought to yourself, “I think that was better than the last shot.” Or, “It felt like that was going to go a lot farther. What happened?”

If you’re practicing your golf swing without an instructor, you are only able to judge each shot based on how it feels, how far the ball goes, and where it lands. Now, these are all important elements in self-evaluation, but they don’t help you zero in on the moment of impact. How is your clubhead speed? Are you smashing the golf ball? (Click here to learn more about Smash Factor Are you achieving the ball speed you want?



Number of players who have competed in every edition of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, which enters its 11th year this week on the PGA Tour. Chris Stroud, who finished fifth or better in three consecutive years (2011-13) at Mayakoba, is scheduled to tee it up when play begins Thursday at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula (tee times:



Wickenburg Ranch Golf and Social Club has hired Steven Outlaw as the club’s head golf professional and Brad Bachman as the associate golf professional, according to Troon, which manages the Wickenburg, Ariz., facility.


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
November 11-16
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship
Champions GC (Cypress Creek), Houston
November 13-15
Club pros: PGA Jones Cup
PGA GC (Wanamaker), Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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