TUESDAY  | MARCH 6, 2018
by Alex Miceli

Distance. It’s the new buzzword that golfers and fans will hear frequently during the next year or so.

Unlike the anchoring discussion, which led to a ban two years ago but didn’t resonate with most golfers who use a traditional putting stroke, the distance debate – and the effect of modern golf equipment – resonates with everyone who picks up a club.

 



Mystery solved

Excellent piece on David Duval (“Duval rises to new heights behind mic,” March 5). He always did seem to be a mystery behind the dark sunglasses. He’s very good as a broadcaster and would be a worthy replacement for Johnny Miller. 

 


3

Number of players who have won on the PGA and Champions tours in the same year: Raymond Floyd (1992), Craig Stadler (2003) and Fred Funk (2007). Steve Stricker, who won the Champions Tour’s Cologuard Classic on Sunday, is entered in this week’s PGA Tour Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla. Stricker owns three top-10 finishes in seven appearances at Innisbrook. He is a 50-1 pick to win, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Valspar champion and No. 4 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, is the favorite, at 8-1.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Ping has signed golf instructor Chuck Cook to a contract as an adviser, the Phoenix clubmaker announced. Cook, a former PGA of America national teacher of the year, will consult with Ping engineers and researchers on design and product development, the company said.

 

The Ann Liguori Foundation will host its 20th annual charity golf tournament on June 4 at Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, N.Y. The event will benefit cancer research and youth mentoring.

 

Lamkin introduced the Crossline 1150 line of grips, the San Diego company announced. The Crossline 1150 is an 11.5-inch version of the iconic Crossline grip: 1 inch longer and with a straighter profile, designed to allow golfers more control in gripping down on wedges for short-game shots.

 

Reynolds Lake Oconee will play host to some of the top men’s college golf teams in the country when the 13th annual Linger Longer Invitational is played March 18-20 at the resort’s Great Waters course in Greensboro, Ga. Alabama, a three-time Linger Longer winner, will return to defend its title.

 

Scott Dunlap played an Exotics CBX 18-degree hybrid in posting a co-runner-up finish in the Champions Tour’s Cologuard Classic, clubmaker Tour Edge reported. He was one of two top-5 finishers in the event who played the Exotics CBX hybrid. The company reported that five of the top 25 finishers were playing Exotics CBX metalwoods.

 

Nippon Shaft found the winner’s circle at the LPGA’s recent HSBC Women’s Championship. The winner used the Japanese manufacturer’s N.S. Pro Modus Tour 105 X-flex steel shafts in her irons and the N.S. Pro Modus Wedge 115 shafts in her wedges.

 


CALENDAR
March 8-11
European Tour: Indian Open

DLF GC, New Delhi

Web.com Tour: El Bosque Mexico Championship

El Bosque CC, Leon, Mexico

Ladies European Tour: Investec SA Women’s Open

Westlake GC, Cape Town, South Africa

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.

March 15-18
PGA Tour: Arnold Palmer Invitational

Bay Hill Club, Orlando, Fla.

LPGA: Bank of Hope Founders Cup

Wildfire GC, Phoenix

March 16-18
Symetra Tour: Florida’s Natural Charity Classic

CC of Winter Haven (Fla.)

Men’s amateur: Florida Azalea Amateur

Palatka (Fla.) GC


      
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