by Alex Miceli

When will golf’s distance debate end, and who has the final say?

The topic of increased ball flight will be on the agenda for the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A, likely during Masters week. The debate had been stoked by recent comments from Jack Nicklaus and R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers that increased distance is a problem for golf and must be addressed.

For the first time, the USGA and R&A are ready to try to rein in distance, most likely by calling a 1.68-inch sphere the culprit.


End all business-entertainment write-offs

To state that the tax law affected more than the Affordable Health Care Act is very questionable (“Some golf leaders drop ball on tax reform,” Feb. 26). People who did not want health care now had a tax for not subscribing. People who could not afford health care could now get subsidized health care. Anyone else has seen significant increases in the past few years that did not exist previously. This affected 320 million Americans in one way or another. Considering that we have a large group that does not pay taxes, there is no way that 320 million Americans were affected by tax reform.  

Years ago, when I was in the corporate world, I thought the business-expense write-offs for various sporting events, dinners, etc., should have been dramatically cut back each year, over a five-year period, until 0 percent was allowed.



Number of spots in the Rolex Ranking that American Jessica Korda improved, to No. 12, after her victory in the Honda LPGA Thailand. Korda won in her return to competition after having undergone jaw surgery Dec. 7. Korda turns 25 today (ranking).


Changed: To a two-hole playoff for its open championships, the U.S. Golf Association. The announcement ends the era of an 18-hole Monday playoff to break a tie at the USGA’s flagship event, the U.S. Open. The U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open also will use a two-hole aggregate-total format beginning this year.



Bridgestone Golf’s Tour B X-CB irons and Tour B XW-1 wedges were featured in Golf Digest magazine’s annual “Hot List.” The clubs are available on www.bridgestonegolf.com.


Casa de Campo Resort and Villas features two golf getaway packages for its Pete Dye-designed Teeth of the Dog course in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Prices start at $247 per person, per night through Dec. 21.


Manele Golf Course at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii transforms its facility to expand golf options for guests. Each Wednesday at 3 p.m., a six-hole, par-3 course dubbed Mini Manele invites visitors to play the 30-90-yard holes, listen to music and enjoy Hulopoe Bay. On Thursdays, it’s the “Manager’s Scramble.” On Fridays, the Sunset Nine Tour plays along the signature “Ocean 9."


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

March 8-11
European Tour: Indian Open

DLF GC, New Delhi

Web.com Tour: El Bosque Mexico Championship

El Bosque CC, Leon, Mexico

PGA Tour: Valspar Championship

Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Fla.

March 9-11
Champions: Toshiba Classic

Newport Beach (Calif.) CC

Symetra Tour: SGIC Kickoff Classic

Feather Sound CC, Clearwater, Fla.

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