After the Dec. 22 issue, Morning Read will not publish again until Jan. 2.
by Alex Miceli

Jack Nicklaus seemed to put his foot in his mouth when he was asked about his interest in watching Tiger Woods return to competition.

“I’m not interested at all,” Nicklaus reportedly said Friday in the tuneup for the PNC Father-Son Challenge in Orlando, Fla.

It shouldn’t have been news, but in the era of hypersensitivity, any perceived slight or negative comment becomes a news story, especially with so little golf competition in December. For Nicklaus to meet a gathering of reporters, the topic of Tiger Woods, his 10-month injury-related absence and recent missteps inevitably arises (“Is Woods back? Yes, and get ready for more,” Dec. 4).


A prehistoric approach to rules

I can’t stand the USGA. And I just can’t rant about it my head any longer.

I didn’t use a long putter, but banning anchoring after allowing it for so long was absurd (“For good of game, restore anchored stroke,” Dec. 11). The USGA talks about growing the game but alienated the older folks who could still keep playing and bringing in younger relatives in one fell swoop.

While the new rules proposed for 2019 are a step in the right direction, outright banning of out-of-bounds so that it would be played as a drop and one-stroke penalty would really speed up play.



Margin of victory, in strokes, for Justin Rose in the Asian Tour’s Indonesian Masters. Rose shot 10-under 62 in the final round Sunday at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, completing a marathon 30-hole Sunday in the rain-delayed event. Rose, of England, posted a 29-under 259. Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand (65) was second at 21-under 267. The victory for Rose, No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is his third worldwide title in the past two months, after he won the WGC HSBC Champions and the Turkish Airlines Open. He has posted 10 consecutive top-10 finishes worldwide, dating to the first FedEx Cup playoff event, the Northern Trust.



The Westin Kierland Golf Club recently introduced the TurfRider to its fleet for transporting golfers around the Scottsdale, Ariz., club’s 27 holes. The two-wheeled TurfRider cruises at 18 mph and joins the club’s golf fleet of Segway, GolfBoard, golf bikes and custom carts with such comforts as misters and four seats.


Troon has been named “management company of the year” by BoardRoom Magazine, the course-management company announced. The honor is part of BoardRoom’s 19th annual Excellence in Achievement awards, published in the November/December issue. This is the fourth consecutive year that Troon has been honored.


Braden Thornberry, the reigning NCAA champion, will headline the college golfers entered in the Patriot All-America Invitational. The 84-man event will include competitors from NCAA divisions I, II and III, the NAIA and NJCAA, plus military academies and international schools. The tournament will be played Dec. 29-31 at The Wigwam Golf Club’s Gold Course in Litchfield Park, Ariz.


Mauna Lani Resort will play host to the Hawaii State Open on Dec. 15-17 on the club’s North and South courses. T.J. Esaki-Kua returns to defend his title in the Men’s Open Division of the 186-player event, which will offer a $60,000 purse.


PGA National Resort and Spa will hold its annual 12 Days of PGA holiday event Dec. 21-Jan. 1, the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., resort announced. The festivities include dining, entertainment and family-oriented activities such as breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, tennis and golf.


Billy Casper Golf has been selected by the Greenville (N.C.) City Council to manage operations at Bradford Creek Public Golf Course, the management company announced. BCG’s oversight will begin Jan. 1.


The Abaco Club on Winding Bay in the Bahamas will play host to the Tour next month. The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic, to be held Jan. 21-24, will feature 132 players on the developmental tour and a $600,000 purse, of which the winner will collect $108,000.


Special early pricing for all tickets and ticket packages to the Constellation Senior Players Championship is being offered through Jan. 5. The Champions Tour event will be played July 12-15 at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill.


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.
December 28-30
Women’s amateur: Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle
Talking Stick GC, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Men’s/women’s amateur: Orlando International Amateur
Walt Disney World (Magnolia for men, Palm for women), Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
December 29-31
Men’s amateur: Patriot All-America
Wigwam Golf Resort (Gold), Litchfield Park, Ariz.
January 3-6
Women’s amateur: Harder Hall Women’s Invitational
Harder Hall GC, Sebring, Fla.
January 4-7
PGA Tour: Sentry Tournament of Champions
Kapalua Resort (Plantation), Kapalua, Hawaii
Men’s amateur: New Year’s Invitational
St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC

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