THURSDAY  | FEBRUARY 1, 2018
by Adam Schupak

Phil Mickelson walked through the practice-putting green at TPC Scottsdale on his way from the ninth green to the 10th tee on Wednesday of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and shook hands with Brandt Snedeker, who would replace Mickelson for the second nine. It was the equivalent of a tag-team move in a WWE wrestling match.

This season, the PGA Tour instituted a new policy in which a tournament hosting a pro-am with four amateurs may request to use an alternate format whereby one professional plays the first nine holes and a second professional plays the second nine. (It has gained the nickname of the nine-and-nine format.)

 



Tour must act against slow play

I sincerely hope that my opinion on slow play might influence the powers that be to make a long-overdue change.

The latest glaring example involves J.B. Holmes in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines (“Keeping score,” Jan. 29). Unbelievably, he took more than four minutes to play a shot. No penalty? Why? PGA Tour officials have no desire or intention to speed up play. They don't even have to change the rules. Just enforce the ones in place.

It's not easy as a fan to put a shot clock on each player's shot, due to the fact you cannot possibly be everywhere at once. It is absolutely possible for the Tour to have an official time every player, every shot, every round and enforce the rules.

 


2

Number of consecutive years that Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama has won the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Matsuyama, who is No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking, will attempt a three-peat beginning today at TPC Scottsdale (tee times).

 



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Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in a playoff, but Tiger Woods stole the show. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph discuss and analyze Woods' return to the PGA Tour and Day's first victory since 2016. GROOVE UP! with Vertical Groove Golf features interviews with John Daly and Jeff Barry. Also, look for a preview of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Tony Finau has signed a multi-year contract to represent Ping, the company announced. Finau will debut as a Ping player at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

 

Matt Kuchar has signed a contract extension with Bridgestone Golf, the company announced. Kuchar will continue to promote Bridgestone’s balls, clubs and accessories.

 

Arcis Golf has been named to the Top 100 Businesses in Golf list compiled by the National Golf Foundation. Arcis Golf, based in Dallas, owns or manages more than 60 private, resort and daily-fee golf courses.

 

Galvin Green has launched its Interface-1 hybrid jacket, the Swedish apparel maker announced. The Interface-1, a windproof and water-repellant jacket, was designed to move freely with the body.

 

Arccos Caddie has been honored by two media outlets as one of golf’s top innovations of 2017, Arccos Golf announced. MyGolfSpy and ScoreGolf Magazine recognized the product for its data analytics.

 


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CALENDAR
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.


      
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