FRIDAY  | FEBRUARY 2, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Tiger Woods spoiled us. For a dozen years, he was the obvious answer to golf’s big question: Who’s Number One?

Take a look at the silly numbers Woods put up: He was No. 1 for 281 weeks at one point, a record, and 683 weeks overall. My math skills have declined along with my clubhead speed, but my long division with pencil and paper (remember them?) shows that is 13 years’ worth.

Who’s Number One now? The Official World Golf Ranking says Dustin Johnson, who has held the spot for almost a year – 50 weeks and counting.

 



Holmes picks up pace? Not so fast 

In all the discussion about J.B. Holmes’ dithering on the 18th hole at Torrey Pines on Sunday, no one seems to have noticed that he had been playing slowly throughout the entire round.

Holmes claims that he had gotten better with his pace of play. I beg to differ. Check the video. For his approach shots, he would get up to the ball, make four or five practice swings and you'd think he was going to pull the trigger. But, no, he'd back off, take another look, set himself up again and then finally take his shot.

And people wonder why the round took nearly six hours. 

 


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Length, in feet, of the birdie putt that Bill Haas made after hitting 9-iron on the par-3 16th hole as he went 5 under through his first seven holes Thursday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Haas completed a bogey-free 7-under 64 at TPC Scottsdale for the first-round lead. Haas, a six-time winner on the PGA Tour and the 2011 FedEx Cup champion, is seeking his first victory since the 2015 CareerBuilder Challenge. Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, Chesson Hadley, Billy Horschel and Chris Kirk shared second with 65s. Local favorite Jon Rahm, who played college golf at nearby Arizona State and has won two of his past four starts worldwide in rising to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, was among a group tied at 67 (scores).

 


Granted: The Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption into this month’s Genesis Open, to Cameron Champ, according to Tiger Woods, whose foundation benefits from the annual PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Champ, 22, who grew up in Sacramento, turned pro last year. Since 2009, the Sifford exemption, which honors the first black American to compete on the PGA Tour, has sought to promote diversity in golf. 

 



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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

Cobra Golf’s F8 irons, available now at retail, offer options in variable and one length. The clubs feature Cobra Connect powered by Arccos technology to provide the data-driven analytics to help golfers improve.

 

PGA National Resort and Spa has hired Rod Kooker as manager of The Members Club at the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., facility. Kooker, a PGA of America member, brings more than 20 years of industry experience at private and semi-private clubs.

 

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Co. will offer length, lie and grip customization for its entire line of irons and hybrids. There will no upcharge for the service, the Fort Worth, Texas, manufacturer said.

 

K-Motion has been named an official technology partner of Golf Channel Academy. K-Motion makes wearable human-motion-training gear for golf and other sports.

 


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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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