by Adam Schupak

When Phil Mickelson rescued par from somewhere right of right at the 10th hole Saturday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, many of the 216,000 fans at TPC Scottsdale erupted in what quite possibly was the loudest ovation I've ever heard at a golf tournament. He was lurking in the wings, figuratively panting and snorting, like an old rodeo bull looking for one more great charge through the arena.

I thought this was going to be the week that Mickelson got off the schneid.


In defense of DMDs

After reading the letter about why most average golfers should not be using DMDs (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 5), I must comment to the contrary. 

Unlike the course that the writer plays, a great number of them have no yardages marked on sprinkler heads. The use of DMDs, particularly wristwatch-type, actually speed up play (“DMDs narrow the distance for Tour use,” Jan. 31). Rather than walk all around searching for some sort of a marker, a simple glance at a DMD saves you, and often your playing partner, a good deal of time.



Number of spots that India’s Shubhankar Sharma jumped in Monday’s updated Official World Golf Ranking, to No. 72, after his victory Sunday in the European Tour’s Maybank Championship. Sharma, who won the Joburg Open in December, was ranked 355th in the world at this time last year. American Gary Woodland also made a big move, improving from 53rd to 26th after his victory in the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.



The Grill Room Golf Show powered by Vertical Groove Golf 

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.


Sea Pines Country Club on Hilton Head Island, S.C., has announced 2018 membership plans. The most popular membership category is the Heritage, which includes full golf privileges on the Club Course, an Arnold Palmer design, and access to the fitness center, pools, dining and social activities. Heritage members can upgrade to include preferred access to the Sea Pines Resort courses, notably Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour’s annual RBC Heritage.


Montgomery Country Club’s new Husk+Vine clubhouse restaurant in Laytonsville, Md., has won first place in Golf Inc. magazine’s Golden Fork Awards. The club was named the winner in the New Private Club Facilities category. Judging criteria included guest satisfaction, aesthetics, service, menus, revenue and capital improvements.


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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.

February 13-14
Women’s amateur: Women’s International Four-Ball Championship

The Wanderers Club, Wellington, Fla.

February 15-18
European Tour: NBO Oman Golf Classic

Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman

LPGA: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Adelaide, Australia

PGA Tour: Genesis Open

Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

February 16-18
Champions: Chubb Classic

TwinEagles GC (Talon), Naples, Fla.

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