WEDNESDAY  | FEBRUARY 7, 2018
by Mike Purkey

Questions pondered while waiting for J.B. Holmes to hit a shot:

Everyone on the PGA Tour knows who the slow players are, especially the players and including the Tour field staff, and it’s an even bet that the commissioner knows. But do you think Holmes and the other culprits care one bit? Do you think Tour officials care two bits?

Although he won the Farmers Insurance Open, does it worry you that Jason Day might be putting his career at risk by playing with a bad back? Shouldn’t he be talking with Tiger Woods about it?

Are Hudson Swafford, Harris English and Patton Kizzire the same guy?

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER

One in a weekly series of stories about golf gear to run each Wednesday.

By Gary Van Sickle 

The hottest new trend in golf is data, all kinds of data. But most importantly, the kind of swing data that you couldn’t get before unless you were a PGA Tour pro or filthy rich, which might be redundant.

You used to have to cough up anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 or more for a tour-quality launch monitor, about what I usually pay for a used Toyota Camry. Thanks to advances in technology, you can get something almost as good for … $500.

 


Put pace-of-play onus on golfers

Clearly efforts to date to resolve slow play on the PGA Tour haven't worked. Any argument there?

The list of reasons why is many and varied. So how can it successfully be accomplished? It comes down to applying a leadership philosophy versus a micromanagement philosophy.

A proven leadership principle is that human beings respond well when given a clearly articulated goal (the what) and they are empowered to find their own means to achieve that goal (the how).  

 


5

Number of days that Adam Stalmach spent in an Arizona jail after being arrested for streaking onto the 17th green at TPC Scottsdale during the pro-am at last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Stalmach, 24, of Goodyear, Ariz., was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct and faces $1,500 in fines, according to azfamily.com, which spoke with Stalmach upon his release. He also reportedly lost his job as a bartender.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

The Grill Room Golf Show powered by Vertical Groove Golf

A PGA Tour attendance record was set at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with 719,179 fans for the week as Gary Woodland won his third PGA Tour title. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph discuss all aspects of the WMPO, and Woodland talks about his victory. In the GROOVE UP! with Vertical Groove Golf, John Daly talks about his new Vertical Groove 3-wood. Feature interview: Western Golf Association's Tim Orbon explains the new caddie initiative, Carry the Game.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Minjee Lee won the Ladies European Tour’s recent Oates Vic Open in Australia while wearing the Ecco Biom G 2 shoe, the Londonderry, N.H., shoemaker announced. Lee, 21, of Perth, Australia, is a three-time winner on the LPGA who also won the Oates Vic Open as a 17-year-old amateur.

 

Provision Events, which was commissioned to provide a Microsoft fan experience at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, welcomed a record number of PGA Tour fans to TPC Scottsdale. PVE presented the Windows 10 software and surface tablet technology to a weeklong crowd that numbered 719,179.

 


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CALENDAR
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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