Happy Thanksgiving!

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by Gary Van Sickle

Bernhard Langer is the king of the hill that is PGA Tour Champions. You know it, I know it, Langer knows it and his opponents know it.

Kevin Sutherland knows it, too, even though he won the tour’s season-ending event recently and, with it, the Charles Schwab Cup. There will be some ridicule about this, no doubt, but there’s nothing wrong with the system. If you want playoffs in golf – and these hardly qualify as true playoffs, but let’s overlook that for the sake of this argument – then you have to accept that the best player or best team doesn’t always win. For further details, please discuss this with fans of the Yankees, Indians and Dodgers. 



Odds for Tiger Woods to win the Masters in April, according to Las Vegas SuperBook. Woods, who has not competed since February and underwent a fourth back surgery this year, will return to competition in the Hero World Challenge, an unofficial 18-man event that benefits his foundation, on Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas. If you don’t think that Woods, who will turn 42 on Dec. 30, will be ready to slip into a fifth green jacket, you might hedge your bet and take him at 20-1 odds to win any one of golf’s four major championships in 2018.


It’s your honor

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Streamsong Black, which has been open only since Sept. 29, has been honored by Golf Magazine as Best New Course of 2017, according to KemperSports, which manages the central Florida resort. The Black Course, one of three highly regarded tracks at Streamsong, was designed by Gil Hanse, who created the 2016 Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Joe Passov, Golf Magazine’s architecture and course rankings editor, saluted the broad landscape upon which the Black Course was built, adding that the layout features “tremendous memorability from hole to hole.”


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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