MONDAY  | JANUARY 8, 2018
by Adam Schupak

It’s that time of year for making – and breaking – New Year's resolutions.

Interestingly, there is a great divide among golfers on whether they participate in what for many is an annual rite. Count Justin Thomas, the reigning player of the year on the PGA Tour, among the goal-setters. Just don’t expect him to share them publicly.

A year ago, at the QBE Shootout, I asked Thomas for his goals for the coming season and he nearly bit my head off. Turns out that he had spouted a few lofty goals he'd set for himself to a few members of the press, only to be constantly reminded of his shortcomings for the remainder of the year.

 



Woods knows how to win

Unnecessary, stupid article (“Woods’ first bad move of ’18: Torrey debut,” Jan. 5). You sound like you thrive on Tiger Woods’ failures.

Playing like a senior can wait. Woods knows how to play at sea level. Check the record.

Nobody is expecting him to be the longest hitter any longer. 

 


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Number of amateur victories in as many weeks for Yujeong Son, who cruised to a six-stroke victory Saturday in the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational in Sebring, Fla. Son, 16, a native South Korean who lives in Norman, Okla., closed with a 3-over 75 on Saturday at Harder Hall Country Club for an even-par 216 total. The first round was scrapped because of cold weather. Two weeks ago, Son won her second consecutive Dixie Amateur title before winning the Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial for the third straight year. This week, she will be in St. Augustine, Fla., for the AJGA Annika Invitational USA.

 


Committed: To caddie for Justin Thomas this week in the Sony Open in Hawaii, Jim “Bones” Mackay. The veteran looper, who spent 25 years with Phil Mickelson until late last spring, has been working as an on-course reporter for NBC and Golf Channel. Jimmy Johnson, Thomas’ regular caddie, has struggled with plantar fasciitis in recent months. He caddied for Thomas for the first two rounds at the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua (Hawaii) Resort’s hilly Plantation Course before calling off for the weekend. Thomas, the reigning PGA Tour player of the year and a five-time winner last season, summoned his father, Mike, a PGA professional, to the bag for the final two rounds at Kapalua but could finish only T-22 in the 34-man winners-only field.

 



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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Forest Creek Golf Club in Round Rock, Texas, will undergo a $5.1 million renovation, according to KemperSports, which manages the city-owned course. The project includes rebuilding the greens, practice areas and bunkers and updating the drainage, irrigation, bridges and other infrastructure, plus creation of an optional 19th hole. The course will be closed until the project’s anticipated completion in late summer.

 

Blake Hathcoat birdied his final six holes Jan. 4 and then won the Saguaro Amateur title on the second playoff hole. Hathcoat shot 7-under 65 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz., to tie Drew McCullough at 12-under 204 and then won with a par on the second extra hole. With the victory, Hathcoat, a St. Mary’s College sophomore from Fresno, Calif., won the inaugural Troon Saguaro Amateur Series Championship, a four-event circuit for top amateurs, collegians, juniors and Troon-facility club champions.

 

Golfers participating in the Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic can pose with the U.S. Open trophy, organizers announced. The 20th annual event will be held June 4 at Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, N.Y. The next week, the trophy will be on display at nearby Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, site of the 2018 U.S. Open.

 


CALENDAR
January 10-13
Women’s amateur: South Atlantic Amateur
Oceanside CC, Ormond Beach, Fla.
January 11-14
PGA Tour: Sony Open in Hawaii
Waialae CC, Honolulu
European Tour: BMW SA Open
Glendower GC, Ekurhuleni, South Africa
January 12-14
European Tour: EurAsia Cup
Glenmarie GC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Celebrity: Diamond Resorts Invitational
Tranquilo GC at Four Seasons Resort, Orlando, Fla.
January 15-19
Women’s amateur: Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship
Coral Ridge CC, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
January 18-20
Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
Hualalai GC, Kaupulehu, Hawaii
January 18-21
European Tour: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) GC
Web.com Tour: Bahamas Great Exuma Classic
Sandals Emerald Bay (Emerald Reef), Great Exuma, Bahamas
PGA Tour: CareerBuilder Challenge
Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif.

      
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