TUESDAY  | JANUARY 9, 2018
by Mike Purkey

I work at home, and I like to have the television on low volume in the background. And when I get tired of the hissing contests on cable news, the best thing about the holidays is Golf Channel’s rebroadcasts of final rounds of PGA Tour events.

It’s perfectly gentle white noise. But the other afternoon, I perked up when I heard from CBS that Ollie Schniederjans was hitting a pitching wedge from 180 yards on the par-3 17th at Harbour Town during the final round of the RBC Heritage. A pitching wedge? Even the CBS announcers questioned the club choice.

 



It’s Tiger time

Go see Tiger Woods. Take the kids to see him. What you are going to see is the awe that is always present.

Golfers and spectators will see a great golfer in his element.

I’ve been around Woods on many occasions and enjoy all tournaments in which he participates. Everything about a PGA Tour event is more special when he tees it up.

 


Suspended: By the PGA Tour, for violation of its Anti-Doping Policy, Brad Fritsch. In a statement released Monday, the Tour said that Fritsch self-reported the use of performance-enhancing substances after having discovered that an ingredient in a supplement that he was using is prohibited by the Tour. Fritsch, 40, a Canadian who did not retain his exempt status from last season, was suspended for three months retroactively and will be eligible to return to competition on Feb. 28. The discipline comes less than one month after Mark Hensby was given a one-year suspension after he failed to provide a drug-testing sample. Fritsch is the fifth player known to have been suspended by the Tour for violation of the Anti-Doping Policy, which was enacted in 2008. In addition to Hensby, Doug Barron, Bhavik Patel and Scott Stallings also were disciplined.

 


13

Number of nationalities to be represented at the EurAsia Cup, a biennial team match-play event that begins Friday at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Europe will summon players from Austria (Bernd Wiesberger), Belgium (Thomas Pieters), England (Paul Casey, Ross Fisher, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton), France (Alexander Levy), Ireland (Paul Dunne), Spain (Rafael Cabrera-Bello) and Sweden (Alex Noren, Henrik Stenson). Asia will call upon players from China (Haotong Li), India (S.S.P. Chawrasia, Anirban Lahiri), Japan (Yuta Ikeda, Hideto Tanihara), Malaysia (Nicholas Fung, Gavin Green), South Korea (Sunghoon Kang, Byeong Hun An) and Thailand (Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Phachara Khongwatmai and Poom Saksansin).

 



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As 2018 season kicks off, a look at the Sentry TOC and an interview with Dave Shedloski of Golf Digest




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Troon has improved the rewards program for its 500,000-plus members, the golf-management company announced. The upgrades to the Troon Rewards Program include a points-plus-cash redemption option, points for instruction and no expiration date on accrued points.

 

The Arccos Caddie, an artificial-intelligence platform developed with Microsoft, has been permitted under the Rules of Golf by the U.S. Golf Association, Arccos Golf announced. The decision means that the Arccos Caddie can be used in competition in which a local rule permits distance-measuring devices.

 

Buffalo.Agency has been selected to manage public relations for the Junior Players Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island, S.C. JPGA recently opened a second campus at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge near Orlando, Fla.

 

Ahead will debut its summer/fall men’s line of outerwear at the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 24-26 in Orlando, Fla. The collection includes new color palettes plus mid-weight and outerwear garments.

 

Seven Dreamers Laboratories, a Tokyo-based shaftmaker, is bringing its carbon-fiber products to North America. The custom shafts, which are made individually, are produced for woods, irons and putters and start at $1,200 each.

 

FindAGame, a mobile and web-based platform that connects like-minded golfers via their social networks, has launched its Match Play Series. FindAGame projects more than $120,000 in incremental revenue at each course in its network.

 


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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