FRIDAY  | MARCH 2, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

It’s a new day for the U.S. Open. The two-hole, aggregate-score playoff is the wave of the future, with subsequent holes being decided by a sudden-death format (“In the news,” Feb. 27).

But what if every U.S. Open ever held had used this two-hole playoff? How would golf history be different? And would Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed still hear the chimes signifying that an angel got his wings?


Nothing wrong with the game

I am tired of the argument that golf pros are hitting the ball too far for golf courses, so equipment needs to be changed (“Golf’s distance debate falls short on logic,” Feb. 27).

Why? Are the scores getting too low? Is it unfair that some players out-distance other players too much? Why is that a concern?



Number of years since South African Louis Oosthuizen has won a tournament on a major professional tour. Oosthuizen shot 7-under 64 on Thursday at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City to take the first-round lead in the WGC Mexico Championship. Oosthuizen, 35, the 2010 British Open winner, hasn’t won since Feb. 28, 2016 at the ISPS Handa Perth International. American Xander Schauffele, England’s Chris Paisley and India’s Shubhankar Sharma were tied for second at 65 in the 64-man event, which features the top five players in the Official World Golf Ranking (scores).



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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!



Under Armour Eyewear launched UA Tuned Golf lenses at PGA Tour Superstores on Thursday, according to Eyeking, which develops and markets the eyewear for Under Armour. UA Tuned Golf lenses feature light-filtering characteristics designed to improve visual definition for golfers.


The Preserve Golf Club at Santa Lucia Preserve will be the site of the 2021 California State Amateur, the club announced. The Preserve, in Carmel, becomes only the sixth Northern California site to play host to the State Amateur.


The Inn & Club at Harbour Town has been ranked 14th on a list of the nation’s top 50 hotels by U.S. News & World Report, officials at the Hilton Head Island, S.C., property announced. The hotel is part of the Sea Pines Resort.


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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