by Alex Miceli

Tiger Woods is making his second start of 2018 this week at historic Riviera Country Club, mainly because his TGR Foundation is the Genesis Open’s charitable beneficiary.

Woods, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, said during a news conference Tuesday, “I love the golf course,” although his record here wouldn’t seem to support that emotion. Since 1992, when he missed the cut by six strokes as a 16-year-old amateur making his PGA Tour debut, Woods has not won in 10 starts at Riviera.

In 2006, Woods withdrew after going 1 over for 36 holes, and he hadn’t returned until this week.


by Alex Miceli

During the week of the Los Angeles Open, the name by which I remember the annual PGA Tour stop here, many celebrities from film and sports make the trek up Sunset Boulevard to Riviera Country Club to see the world’s best golfers.

One celebrity this week will walk those fairways outside the ropes, never seeing the bunker in the middle of the sixth green or the magnificence of the drivable par-4 10th.

Instead, 20-year-old Jake Olson will have to rely on the sound of the crowd, because he lost his eyesight to cancer at age 12.



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

By Gary Van Sickle 

My biggest discovery at the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando is something I’m calling 3TrampTech. That’s short for Three-Trampoline Technology. 

That is also what made the Knuth Golf High Heat 257+ the hottest driver I hit during Demo Day at Orange County National.

There is some dazzling science behind 3TrampTech, but let me spell it out in real terms. The lateral meniscus in my left knee blew out in 2015, which means I’m not the scratch golfer I was then. So when I say the stiff-flex High Heat 257+ driver that I just hit was the first time I’ve felt a ball jump off a driver face like it used to when I had two nearly adequate knees, I’m making a significant statement. And rest assured, I did not hit all of them, or even most of them, on the center of the clubface. I was impressed, but mainly I was excited because, Hey, maybe there’s hope for me after all.


Years later, it still seems wrong

Good article by Mike Purkey on sponsorship fees, but it didn't go far enough (“Golf’s dirty little secret might not be so filthy,” Feb. 13).

Purkey indicates in the article that no one has stated publicly what the return on investment might be. There are several companies that measure these types of sponsorships. Maybe a good follow-up would be to interview a few of these companies.



Number of major championships combined among the players in the 7:22 a.m. Thursday pairing off No. 10 in the first round of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open. Tiger Woods, with 14 majors, will play with Rory McIlroy (four) and Justin Thomas (one), the Tour’s reigning player of the year, at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Woods will be making his first appearance at his hometown event since 2006. In 10 previous appearances at “Hogan’s Alley,” including his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur in 1992, he has not won (tee times).



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Pebble Beach Golf Links must have inspired Ted Potter Jr. He outplayed the world’s best golfers to win his second PGA Tour event, and first in six years. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph discuss the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. With Tiger Woods on the prowl again, The Grill Room previews the Genesis Open. Feature interviews: The secret of Secret Golf, and “Mr. 59” Chip Beck talks about PitchFix. Groove Up! with Vertical Groove Golf rounds out the show.


PeakVision and the company’s assets and patents have been bought by David Feaser, who owns Shades of George. Feaser, of Conway, S.C., has been in the sunglass business for 30 years. His son, Nicholas Feaser, is the national sales manager for PeakVision.


Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club of Gulf Shores, Ala., has been recognized by Golf Advisor as one of the top 10 conditioned courses in the U.S. Golf Advisor asked golfers to rate courses in six categories, and Peninsula ranked ninth in course conditioning.


Youth on Course has partnered with Secret Golf, a digital media instruction company, to provide online learning to YOC’s 30,000 members. Youngsters can receive coaching from PGA Tour and LPGA players with exclusive video content.


Ping introduced its spring-summer apparel collections for men and women, the Phoenix-based manufacturer announced. The clothing and accessories are available in select golf shops.


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Women’s amateur: Women’s International Four-Ball Championship

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February 15-18
European Tour: NBO Oman Golf Classic

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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
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Sentosa GC (New Tanjong), Singapore

February 22-25
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European Tour: Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Doha (Qatar) GC

PGA Tour: Honda Classic

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

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Chonburi, Thailand

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