FRIDAY  | FEBRUARY 9, 2018
by Alex Miceli

It wasn’t that long ago that Graeme McDowell won the U.S. Open here.

When the final putt dropped June 20, 2010, at Pebble Beach Golf Links, McDowell stood atop the golfing world. Other tournament victories would follow for the Northern Irishman, plus some exciting Ryder Cup triumphs against the Americans, but the past eight years for him have not been nearly as good in golf. At age 38, he has decided to recommit to his game after winning only twice on the PGA Tour (and four times in Europe) since that pivotal day in 2010. 

 



by Alex Miceli

The Ryder Cup won’t begin for 231 days, but the past couple of weeks have altered what many golf observers deemed as an inevitable result into something more uncertain.

A blowout 19-11 victory by the U.S. against the International team at the Presidents Cup in October gave the Americans momentum for the 42nd Ryder Cup. The pairings that U.S. captain Steve Stricker assembled at Liberty National were a mix of past successes and new combinations that proved just as formidable. 

 


Golf should be ready for ‘ready golf’ 

Perhaps it is time that the industry should get together and develop a program called “ready golf.” The PGA of America has done a fabulous job with its program to get new golfers into the game. At this year’s PGA Merchandise Show, it was stressed at our seminars that we need to take these new golfers and keep them in golf and get them to the golf course. We won’t be successful in keeping them in the game if pace of play becomes an issue.

 


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Number of bogeys that Americans Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler made as each shot 7-under 65 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif. Streelman opened at Spyglass Hill while Hossler played Pebble Beach Golf Links. The tournament also uses Monterey Peninsula as players and their amateur partners rotate among the three courses for the first 54 holes before a reduced field advances to Pebble Beach for Sunday’s final round. Americans Matt Kuchar (Spyglass), Aaron Wise (Monterey) and Julian Suri (Spyglass) shot 66s.

 


Announced: By Nicklaus Cos., that Jack Nicklaus will be reducing his day-to-day role with the business and that partner Howard Milstein will take a more active role as executive chairman, according to a news release Thursday. The business enterprise founded by Nicklaus, 78, an 18-time major champion, includes course design, real estate development and the marketing and licensing of golf products and services. Nicklaus said his health is “excellent” and that he wants to devote more time to other activities, such as his charity work and children’s healthcare. Milstein, who has been affiliated with Nicklaus Cos. since 2007, is chairman of New York Private Bank and Trust. He also owns Miura Golf and GolfLogix and recently purchased Golf Magazine and its website, Golf.com.

 



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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Twenty-five Troon-affiliated courses recently were named 2018 Platinum Award winners by the Association of Golf Merchandisers, the club-management company announced. The awards recognize outstanding retail golf shops. The awards were presented Jan. 23 at the AGM’s Annual Retail Conference in Orlando, Fla.

 

The Westin Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been named the 2017 Arizona Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association of Arizona. Kierland was selected because of its variety of programs and amenities, impact on the community and environmental stewardship.

 

The Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, has received a $50,000 donation from Toro Co., the GCSAA announced. The grant will be used in the Rounds 4 Research program, which supports turfgrass research by auctioning donated rounds of golf online.

 

Darren J. Davis has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the GCSAA announced at its annual meeting Feb. 8 in San Antonio. Davis is the superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Fla.

 


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CALENDAR
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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