by Ron Kroichick

The PGA Tour’s West Coast Swing wrapped up Sunday, with Bubba Watson’s victory at Riviera (his 10th career title). So what did we learn from the tour’s seven-week journey through Hawaii, Arizona and California? Plenty, as it turned out:

Tiger Woods is not ready for prime time. Woods showed he can compete on a friendly, forgiving course – he tied for 23rd at Torrey Pines, his personal playground in San Diego. But he unraveled at Riviera, which punished his rampant wildness off the tee and exposed his unreliable putting. 


‘Ready golf’ truly works

“Ready golf” is not about "running to the next tee while fellow competitors are still putting out."

“Ready golf” is being ready to play when it is your turn as well as playing your shot at times even when you are not away.

“Ready golf” is being prepared to play when you reach the tee … glove on, club in hand and strategy in mind.



Number of LPGA players to win in their debut tournament as tour members as Jin Young Ko won the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open on Sunday in Adelaide. Ko, 22, joins Beverly Hanson, who in 1951, the LPGA’s second year, won in her debut as a tour member. Ko shot a closing 3-under 69 for a 14-under 274 total and three-stroke victory at Kooyonga Golf Club, completing a wire-to-wire victory. South Korea’s Hyejin Choi (67) placed second at 11-under 277, followed by Australia’s Hannah Green (69) at 278 and Aussie Katherine Kirk (65) at 279 (scores). Ko earned LPGA membership when she won the KEB Hana Bank Championship in October in South Korea.


Revived: The Spanish Open, by the European Tour, after a one-year absence. The tournament will be played April 12-15 at the National Golf Center in Madrid, home of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, the tour announced. The return of the 1.5 million euro ($1.87 million) event fulfills a pledge that European Tour commissioner Keith Pelley made last year during a visit to Spain’s capital that the tournament, which dates to 1912, would return to the schedule after sponsorship issues scrapped last year’s event. The addition of the Spanish Open keeps the number of 2017-18 European Tour events at 47 after the Philippines Golf Championship, which had been scheduled for March 15-18, recently was scrapped (updated schedule).



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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.


Palmilla Golf Club in Los Cabos, Mexico, recently introduced the swing training aid RoboGolfPro, which allows golfers to perfect their swing via video and mechanical training. Palmilla, with its 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus-designed golf along the Sea of Cortez, is the only location in Los Cabos with RoboGolfPro.


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

March 1-4
LPGA: HSBC Women’s World Championship

Sentosa GC (Tanjong), Singapore

PGA/European tours: WGC Mexico Championship

Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City

European Tour: Tshwane Open

Pretoria CC, Waterkloof, South Africa

Ladies European Tour: NSW Women’s Open

Coffs Harbour (Australia) GC

PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open Charity Day

Coco Beach GC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

March 2-4
Champions: Cologuard Classic

Omni Tucson (Ariz.) National

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