WEDNESDAY  | FEBRUARY 28, 2018
by Steve Elling

For those wheeling into the sprawling grounds of PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., an interesting juxtaposition immediately presents itself.

The home to the popular Honda Classic is situated just a few hundred yards from Florida’s Turnpike, a generally wide-open expanse of toll-road pavement that allows lead-footed motorists to drive as fast as they dare.

As for the green grass of the PGA Tour itself, well, it remains a case of life in the slow lane. Forget the gas pedal. On this tour, the brake pads are as metaphorically worn out as the game’s slow-play issue itself.

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER

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

By Gary Van Sickle 

We’ve got this grow-the-game thing all wrong. To grow the game, we’ve got to grow golfers. But how? What would attract young, potential future players to golf?

Video. Gaming. Digital imagery. Golf simulators.

One way to get potential new players golf-ready would be to start them someplace other than on a golf course, where they often are intimidated by better golfers, not welcomed by faster players, unfamiliar with etiquette and overwhelmed by the variety of shots required.

 


Reduced-flight ball is no slam dunk

Anyone who wants to roll back the distance of today’s golf balls is missing the big picture (“Golf’s distance debate falls short on logic,” Feb. 27).

I often have thought of this in relation to basketball. Nobody ever decided to move the rim higher than 10 feet off the ground, even after it was found that many great players could jump high enough – or simply be tall enough – to jam the ball through the hoop. Dunking was banned from 1967 to 1976 in college basketball, as a result of the prowess of Lew Alcindor, who later became known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Thank goodness that rule didn’t last long.

 


Awarded: The 2022 U.S. Women’s Open to Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., the U.S. Golf Association announced. It will be the fourth USWO held at Pine Needles, a 1928 Donald Ross design, which also is scheduled to host the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open (USGA schedule).

 


53

Percentage of respondents to a Morning Read social-media poll who answered “yes” to the question, “Will you miss the USGA’s 18-hole playoff for the U.S. Open?” (“In the news,” Feb. 27).

 



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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Ahead has extended its relationship with the Nicklaus Cos. to continue producing branded headwear, including the iconic Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear trademarks, the manufacturer announced. Ahead holds exclusive rights to the Golden Bear and Nicklaus signature marks.

 


CALENDAR
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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