MONDAY  | FEBRUARY 12, 2018
by Alex Miceli

It could have been a great playoff, with major champions Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson finishing at 14 under Sunday at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The trio, along with a resurgent Chez Reavie, would have trekked to the 18th tee for the first playoff hole, fans scurrying after a group with seven combined major championships in a duel sure to become part of Pebble Beach lore.

However, they all tied for second as Ted Potter Jr. stared down some of the PGA Tour’s top stars. Potter cruised to a three-stroke victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, closing with a 3-under 69 for a 17-under 270 total. Day (70), Johnson (72), Mickelson (67) and Reavie (68) tied at 273 (scores).

 



Venting by a former avid golfer

I have enjoyed my daily fix of Morning Read for a long time now. Sometimes I agree, sometimes I don't, but mostly I am entertained and enlightened. For the first time, I feel compelled to respond to some submissions.

I was an avid golfer for more than 35 years. At my peak, I carried a plus-1 handicap when I competed in college, but mostly carried a handicap in the 3-7 range. Despite my love for the game, I entirely gave up the sport about two years ago. This was mostly a function of ever-increasing costs, ever-increasing duration of rounds and the gradual deterioration of etiquette among many participants.  

 


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Number of years since American Mark Calcavecchia, who claimed the Champions Tour’s Boca Raton Championship on Sunday, had won on a major professional tour. Calcavecchia shot a 2-under 70 in the final round at the Old Course at Broken Sound to edge Germany’s Bernhard Langer, who had bogeyed the last two holes to shoot 70, by two strokes. Calcavecchia, 57, finished at 16-under 200 for his fourth victory on the senior tour. He won 13 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1989 British Open (scores).

 


Announced: By the PGA of America, that the Women’s PGA Cup, an international competition for female PGA members, will debut in 2019. Each national team will be composed of five players and a captain. In addition to the U.S., the countries that have committed to play are Australia, Canada, Great Britain and Ireland, Netherlands and Sweden. The site of the 54-hole event was not announced.

 



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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.

February 21-24
Women’s amateur: Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific

Sentosa GC (New Tanjong), Singapore

February 22-25
Ladies European Tour: Australian Ladies Classic Bonville

Bonville (Australia) Golf Resort

European Tour: Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Doha (Qatar) GC

PGA Tour: Honda Classic

PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand

Chonburi, Thailand


      
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