by Mike Purkey

The announcement was, on its surface, pretty innocuous. Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, recently signed an endorsement deal with Royal Bank of Canada.

So? Good for him.

But here’s the catch: Johnson will play in the Heritage at Hilton Head the week after the Masters and the Canadian Open, to be played in July, the week after the British Open. Both events are sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada.


Too many golfers vote with their feet

The letter by Scott McCollum is spot on (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 12).

Players like Scott and myself (55 years a golfer, retired, healthy, with plenty of time and money) are just walking away from memberships and the game due to the horrendous pace of play and failure of courses and players to play at a reasonable pace.

Sunday’s tournament at Pebble Beach is another terrible instance of the pros setting a horrible example on a day with perfect weather and perfect conditions. The final threesome took 6:05 to complete its round. Seeing three groups on the 17th and 18th tees is a total absurdity. Clubs “allowing” 4½ hours while riding as an acceptable pace of play is the problem right from the start.


Announced: By the R&A, that St. Andrews’ Old Course will play host to the 2021 British Open, the 150th edition of golf’s oldest major championship. It will be the 30th Open at St. Andrews, the seaside Scottish links regarded as the home of golf. The dates will be July 15-18. The most recent Open at St. Andrews was in 2015, when American Zach Johnson won the Claret Jug in a playoff.



Standing in the Official World Golf Ranking for American Chez Reavie, up from No. 61, to a career-high ranking on the strength of back-to-back runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour. Reavie tied for second last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, one week after having lost to Gary Woodland in a playoff at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Reavie, 36, hasn’t won in the past decade on Tour, since he claimed the 2008 Canadian Open as a rookie. He has made 20 consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour, including 11 top-20 results, dating to last spring. American Ted Potter Jr. also achieved a career high in the OWGR after his victory at Pebble Beach vaulted from 246th to No. 73 (rankings). 



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Nine of the top 10 teams in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Women’s College Rankings will tee it up later this year in the Annika Intercollegiate, the Annika Foundation announced. No. 3-ranked Arkansas, led by reigning Annika Intercollegiate medalist Maria Fassi, will return to defend its title. The Razorbacks will be joined by No. 1 UCLA, Alabama (2), Duke (4), Stanford (5), South Carolina (6), Texas (7), Oklahoma State (9) and Southern California (10). The tournament will be played Sept. 17-19 at Royal Golf Club, which is scheduled to open later this year in Lake Elmo, Minn.


Ted Potter Jr. won the recent AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am while playing Cleveland and Srixon equipment, the manufacturer announced. Potter played with two Cleveland RTX-3 wedges and used Srixon Golf’s Z-Star XV ball.


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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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