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by Steve Elling

Justin Thomas didn’t start last season shooting for the stars, exactly. More like a blank spot on a workout-room wall.

At one point roughly a year ago, Thomas took a break from pumping iron to eyeball the partition at his gym in southeast Florida, a facility that is used by several prominent PGA Tour players in the area.

The gym, located in Jupiter, featured an out-of-this-world array of banners festooning the wall to commemorate the victories of Dustin Johnson, a client and the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer. Reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka also works out at the same Tour-friendly sweat shop. 


There’s more to golf than Tiger Woods

Kudos to Alex Miceli for a long-overdue post concerning the mainstream golf media and their unrelenting adulation of Tiger Woods (“A Bear, a Tiger and a pack on the prowl,” Dec. 18). As Miceli noted in kind words, we have long been beleaguered by wall-to-wall coverage of a troubled hero, if Woods be a true hero. 

How many times have we seen post-round interviews of tournament leaders during which the first question asked of them was what they might have thought about Tiger Woods’ status, whatever that might have been at that given moment? Are they really serious?

Sadly, as Miceli implies, the majority of the golf media are more interested in perpetually making the story about Tiger Woods, instead of everything else that is happening before their very eyes, such as the new wave of young stars who have revitalized the professional game.


Announced: By the U.S. Golf Association, that the 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior will be played at SentryWorld Golf Course in Stevens Point, Wis. The dates will be July 22-27. SentryWorld, a 1982 Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, was extensively renovated in 2013 by Jones. The course played host to the 1986 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, which was won by Cindy Schreyer. The ’19 U.S. Girls’ Junior will be the USGA’s 15th championship in Wisconsin, and the first since Brooks Koepka won the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills.



Billy Casper Golf has been selected to manage the golf and recreation at The Island Country Club in Plaquemine, La. The club features a 7,010-yard course designed by Mike Young and opened in 1999, plus swimming, tennis and fitness facilities.


Honours Golf, a division of course-management company Troon, has been selected to manage Mystic Creek Golf Club in El Dorado, Ark. Mystic Creek, a 2013 Kenneth Dye Jr. design, can stretch to 7,492 yards and plays host annually to Symetra Tour and NCAA events.


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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