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

Earlier this month, Mark Hensby joined a short list of players who have been suspended for violation of the PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Policy when he refused to take a urine test after the first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in October.

A statement by Hensby, released by Golf Digest’s Brian Wacker, seemed heartfelt but also curious. Hensby clearly was upset with the one-year suspension, effective until Oct. 26, but he also alluded to bigger issues in his life.

Hensby, 46, an Australian who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., had won on the PGA and European tours, played in a Presidents Cup and climbed to 27th in the Official World Golf Ranking in 2005 but had fallen to No. 1,617 this week. He spoke by phone to discuss his predicament and his future.


by Ted Bishop

When Adam Scott opens the 2018 season, he will have an old friend in hand: the long putter. 

Scott is coming off a year in which he experienced mixed results. He and wife Marie welcomed their second child, Byron, but Scott went winless for the year, posting only four top-10 results in 19 starts worldwide as he commuted from Australia to the U.S. during the pregnancy.


Unquestionably ‘the greatest’

I was vacationing in Wailea, Maui, and decided to visit the Wailea Golf Club. To my good fortune, the Champions Skins Game was being played that week.

I arrived at the course just as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Hale Irwin and Gary Player were finishing their practice round. I was able to obtain autographs of the four golfers on a scorecard along with a photo with Jack. My son, who was a junior golfer back in the mid-’90s, worked as a sign bearer at the 1995 PGA Championship held at Riviera and was the sign bearer with Jack’s group. At the end, Jack signed a golf ball and gave it to my son (“Sign of the times: Fans skew golf’s script,” Dec. 20).



Atlantic Dunes, the Davis Love III-designed course at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., has been recognized as the National Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association. The NGCOA will present the award Feb. 8 during the Golf Business Conference in San Antonio.


Billy Casper Golf has been selected by Lord Baltimore Capital Corp. to manage Cape Fear National in Leland, N.C. Cape Fear is a public-access course in Brunswick Forest, a 5,000-acre master-planned community located six miles south of Wilmington.


Golf’s top companies and brands are finalizing plans to display the latest innovations in the game during the 65th PGA Merchandise Show. The event, which is expected to attract 40,000 industry professionals, will be held Jan. 23-26 at the Orange County Convention Center in 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.
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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