by Alex Miceli

The Department of Justice’s move this week to block AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner shocked many analysts who follow mergers and acquisitions that require federal government approval.

Government opposition to a proposed deal involving two companies that are not direct competitors is rare. The last such DOJ case that was litigated to conclusion was in 1979, and the government lost. 

History aside, the fact that the DOJ is trying to stop the sale has created ripple effects throughout the M&A industry, but it also could impact professional golf.


by Adam Schupak

Davis Love III remembers the free boots. Texan Bob Estes still wears his pair. The Lucchese Boot Co. factory-outlet store remains the first stop when this year’s 30 contestants in the Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic rolled into El Paso this week for the 43rd rendition. Having attended the tournament last year, I can confirm that eyes grow wide and the best of the best at the collegiate level shop for shoes as if they were Imelda Marcos. 

The Sun Bowl was ahead of its time as a tournament that brought together golf's future stars in an era before teams flew private jets, Texas A&M was in the SEC and Maryland in the Big Ten.


Tribute to a Pebble Beach gem 

I did so many events at Pebble Beach: corporate, pro and an outing that R.J. Harper set up in which people could get their photo taken with the Stanley Cup, when Boston won it.

All of the money went to junior golf.



Number of the top seven finishers in the recent Race to Dubai rankings who are entered in the European Tour’s season-opening UBS Hong Kong Open, which begins Thursday. Tommy Fleetwood, who won the tour’s season money title, runner-up Justin Rose, No. 4 Sergio Garcia, No. 6 Ross Fisher and No. 7 Rafael Cabrera-Bello will start the 2017-18 European Tour season at Hong Kong Golf Club.


Fired: By CBS, journalist Charlie Rose, from his co-anchor chair on “CBS This Morning,” after The Washington Post reported allegations from numerous women that Rose sexually harassed them. Golf fans might recall that Rose, a casual golfer and knowledgeable observer of the game, landed insightful interviews with newsmakers such as Tiger Woods, the late Arnold Palmer, Jordan Spieth and others in the game. In the wake of the allegations, Rose also had his eponymous interview show pulled from PBS and Bloomberg. 



Tobacco Road Golf Club in Sanford, N.C., has selected KemperSports to provide consulting services for the club, the Northbrook, Ill.-based management company announced. Tobacco Road, a Mike Strantz design, is open to the public.


November 20-23
Juniors: AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions
PGA National Resort (Champion and Fazio), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
November 23-26
European Tour: UBS Hong Kong Open
Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong
November 28 - December 1
Champions Tour: Qualifying Tournament Final Stage
TPC Scottsdale (Champions), Scottsdale, Ariz.
November 29 - December 3
LPGA: Qualifying Tournament Final Stage
LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla.
November 30 - December 3
European Tour: Australian PGA Championship
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Australia
European Tour: AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
Heritage GC, Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius
PGA Tour: Hero World Challenge (unofficial event)
Albany Golf Club, New Providence, Bahamas

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