by Steve Elling

Remote-control devices across America got a workout on Sunday afternoon.

At one point, the two midday NFL games airing in the Orlando market showed video rule reviews transpiring simultaneously, leading to frustrating delays in the action for viewers. Yet without question, replay reviews have made the final outcome fairer, with less fury.

Compared with golf, football is easy. The field is 120 yards in length, and there’s only one ball. A golf course is more than 7,000 yards in length, and there are 70-odd balls in flight on any given Sunday.


Hold USGA accountable

Thank you, Ted Bishop, for your well-reasoned advocacy of eliminating the ban on anchoring (“For good of game, restore anchored stroke,” Dec. 11).

With so many other issues that the U.S. Golf Association could address to simplify the game, it chose, in adopting the ban, to act on a matter that was really a non-issue.


Suspended: By the PGA Tour, for violation of its Anti-Doping Policy, Mark Hensby, the Tour announced Monday. He failed to provide a drug-testing sample after having been notified, the Tour said in a news release. Hensby will be eligible to return to competition on Oct. 26. Hensby, 46, of Australia, played 14 events on the Web.com Tour last season, finishing 142nd in earnings. His best years in golf were 2004-05. He won the 2004 John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour and the 2005 Scandinavian Masters on the European Tour. In 2005, when he rose to 27th in the world rankings, he made the cut in all four major championships, highlighted by a T-5 in the Masters and a T-3 in the U.S. Open. He played for the International team that fall in the Presidents Cup. Hensby is the fourth player known to have been suspended by the Tour for violation of the Anti-Doping Policy, which was enacted in 2008. Doug Barron, Bhavik Patel and Scott Stallings also were disciplined.



Number of strokes by which Shubhankar Sharma won the rain-delayed Joburg Open, which finished on Monday. Sharma, 21, of India, closed with a final-round 3-under 69 for a 23-under 264 total at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sharma, a five-time winner on the Indian Tour, posted his first victory on a major professional tour. In addition to Sharma, runner-up Erik Van Rooyen of South Africa and countryman Shaun Norris, who tied for third, qualified for the British Open via the Open Qualifying Series. The Joburg Open was sanctioned by the European, Asian and Sunshine tours.



Through Feb. 8, organizations can apply for two non-profit programs associated with the 2018 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, the PGA of America announced. The programs offered: non-profit fundraising, in which organizations receive 50 percent of their total ticket sales; and non-profit ticket program, in which organizations receive complimentary tickets to the tournament. The Senior PGA will be played May 24-27 at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.


Cleveland Golf introduced its Junior Spec Wedges, which are designed for junior golfers. The wedges, priced at $99.99 each, come in three models: RTX-3, Cleveland CBX and Smart Sole 3.


Danzante Bay Golf Club, a new Rees Jones design on the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, formally opened Friday. The club is part of the Villa del Palmar Resort on The Islands of Loreto.


December 14-17
Exhibition: PNC Father/Son Challenge
Ritz-Carlton GC, Orlando, Fla.
December 19-22
Men’s amateur: South Beach International Amateur
Miami Beach (Fla.) GC
Women’s amateur: Dixie Women’s Amateur
Woodlands CC (East), Tamarac, Fla.
Men’s amateur: Dixie Amateur
Heron Bay GC, Coral Springs, Fla.

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