by Ted Bishop

One in a series of stories about pace of play 

Late Sunday, thousands of TV viewers watched J.B. Holmes take 4 minutes and 10 seconds to decide to lay up on his second shot at the par-5 18th hole at Torrey Pines during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Classic. It was a painful pre-shot routine during a round in which the best golfers in the world, playing in threesomes, took almost six hours to play 18 holes.  

Junior golfers are impressionable, and what they saw validated some of their own methodical and brutally slow pre-shot routines. The PGA Tour issued no penalty, at least not publicly. The tacit approval sent the wrong message to any golfer – junior or adult – watching. 


Woods warrants outsized attention

I would suggest that Tiger Woods to professional golf is much the same as Babe Ruth is to professional baseball. Babe Ruth died 70 years ago, and his name still comes up on a regular basis among Major League Baseball fans. Why? Because he delivered. Tiger Woods also delivered.

For those who find it annoying that Tiger Woods gets so much attention (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 29), I would suggest that they read an accounting of what he has accomplished in his career to date. Consider the records he has set, what he has contributed to golf and how he is responsible for the large number of talented young players working their way up the professional ranks.



Number of playoff holes – five on Sunday and one on Monday – that Jason Day needed to win the Farmers Insurance Open. Day tapped in a 1½-foot putt on the par-5 18th hole at Torrey Pines’ South Course in San Diego to outlast Alex Noren, whose second shot rolled into a pond fronting the green. It was the first PGA Tour victory for Day, 30, of Australia, since he won the 2016 Players Championship and was his 11th overall. Noren, 35, of Sweden, is a nine-time winner on the European Tour who was seeking his first title on the PGA Tour. They had tied after 72 holes with Ryan Palmer at 10-under 278 before Palmer was eliminated on the first playoff hole. Darkness suspended play Sunday after five extra holes.


Won: By Morning Read correspondent Gary Van Sickle, two writing awards at the ING Media Awards program, which was held during the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. Van Sickle was honored among the “outstanding achievers” in the Competition Writing division (“U.S. Open trophy shines for would-be qualifiers,” May 4) and in the Opinion/Editorial division (“Distance data come up short against reality,” Aug. 25).



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Vertical Groove Golf launched its new 3-wood, and Jon Rahm moved to No. 2 in the world rankings after his playoff victory in the CareerBuilder Challenge. Rahm will be the defending champion this week at Torrey Pines, where Tiger Woods is making his first start of the year. A look into the PGA Merchandise Show, where the new products for 2018 are on display. Plus, a feature Interview with Vertical Groove Golf's Rubin Hanan.


PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has been named chairman of the World Golf Foundation, the WGF announced. He succeeds LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in overseeing the group charged with uniting the golf industry to support initiatives to grow the game.



Golf Genius Software received an Industry Honors award as golf’s top technology company at the International Network of Golf awards. The award was presented during the PGA Merchandise Show last week in Orlando, Fla.


February 1-4
Web.com Tour: Panama Championship
Club de Golf de Panama, Panama City
PGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open
TPC Scottsdale (Ariz.)
European Tour: Maybank Championship
Saujana GC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
February 2-4
Ladies European Tour: Oates Vic Open
13th Beach Golf Links, Barwon Heads, Australia
February 3-8
Industry: Golf Industry Show

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio

February 6-8
Industry: National Golf Course Owners Association Golf Business Conference

Marriott San Antonio (Texas) Rivercenter

February 8-11
PGA Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Pebble Beach (Calif.) GL

European Tour: ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth

Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, Australia

Web.com Tour: Club Colombia Championship

CC de Bogota (Colombia)

February 9-11
Ladies European Tour: Actewagl Canberra Classic

Royal Canberra GC, Yarralumla, Australia

Champions: Boca Raton Championship

Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla.

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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