by Mike Purkey

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

Whichever way the names enter your thoughts or come out of your mouth, for a long time, they were interchangeable. They’ve been chasing each other for most of their golf lives.

Back in junior golf – just a little more than six years ago, by the way – Spieth and Thomas were scrapping back and forth while observers wondered who was the better player.


Making sense of the distance debate

There was lots of good sense in Alex Miceli’s article on ball distance, particularly the fact that the best scoring averages haven’t changed in decades (“Golf’s distance debate falls short on logic,” Feb. 27).

It seems as though, with some course alterations, golf is just as hard now as it was way back. It's not necessary to lengthen a hole to make it “bomber-proof,” nor to rein in the golf ball. Just add hazards or narrow fairways at critical distances. If the longest hitters can keep it that straight, they deserve to benefit, but make them think about the risk-reward ratio on almost every hole.


Announced: As host site of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai, the R&A and Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club announced. The dates will be Sept. 26-29. The winner will receive invitations to the 2020 Masters and British Open. Sheshan hosts the annual WGC HSBC Champions tournament, which two-time Asia-Pacific Amateur champion Hideki Matsuyama won in 2016. This year’s Asia-Pacific Amateur will be played Oct. 4-7 at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.



Number of players entered in this week’s Cologuard Classic, a Champions Tour event in Tucson, Ariz., who won tournaments in Tucson before the PGA Tour ended its long-running annual event in the city in 2006: Kirk Triplett (2006), Jim Carter (2000), Jeff Sluman (1997), Larry Mize (1993) and Lee Janzen (1992).



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Justin Thomas wins again on the PGA Tour as the reigning player of the year claims the recent Honda Classic. Jack Nicklaus talks with Bob Bubka, and, yes, Tiger Woods is back. Bubka and guest co-host Alex Miceli analyze the Honda Classic. Miceli explains his new venture, Morning Read, and the hosts discuss the USGA's new shorter playoff format. Vertical Groove Golf’s Chris Reeves is the featured interview in Groove Up!


Troon will manage The Frog Golf Club at The Georgian in Villa Rica, Ga., the management company announced. The Frog, a semi-private club established in 1998, will be overseen by Honours Golf, a division of Troon that is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.


Thor Guard, a warning system for lightning and tornadoes, extended its contract with the Chicago District Golf Association, the company announced. Thor Guard will display data from 100 CDGA facilities, predicting lightning strikes 8-20 minutes in advance.


Golf Florida Alliance, a collaboration of golf organizations throughout the state, celebrated Florida Golf Day at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Industry leaders met with members of the Legislature to discuss golf’s economic impact, environmental stewardship, charity and health benefits.


Global Value Commerce, an e-commerce platform for used golf gear, has launched U-try, a trial program for equipment, at Golfers can select up to two clubs – drivers and fairway woods now, with hybrids and iron sets to be added by late spring – from the game’s top manufacturers at for a $25 trial fee per item. Within 14 days, customers can keep the club(s) and pay the list price, minus the trial fee, or return them with a prepaid shipping label.


ShoeTips will exhibit at this week’s Seattle Golf and Travel Show, the company announced. ShoeTips, with its 18 swing thoughts, will be in booth 621 at the Century Link Field Event Center.


Galvin Green has opened its new U.S. headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., the golf apparel maker announced. The complex includes offices, a showroom and customer-service department for the Swedish company.


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 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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