by Gary Van Sickle

The Tiger Woods tsunami is rolling across golf again. You can’t stop it. Especially not with a certain tournament less than a month away in Augusta, Ga.

Tiger Woods is back, more or less, and if it turns out to be more (his 12th-place finish two weeks ago at the Honda Classic indicates it just might be), that possibility has golf abuzz.


Gear drives changes in golf

With all due respect to the younger golfers who never saw Arnold Palmer’s massive forearms, the fluid but country-strong swing of Sam Snead, the towering drives of Tom Weiskopf, or heard the sound of a shot struck by Jack Nicklaus in his prime, get over yourselves (“Distance takes leap in golf, but what’s next?” March 6).


Poised: To move its headquarters to Frisco, Texas, the PGA of America, according to a report by Art Stricklin on, which cited unnamed officials within the PGA. The association, which represents 28,000 club professionals and other members, has been based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., since 1965. The PGA would move to the new Panther Creek development, about 20 miles north of Dallas, according to Plans include a 45-hole golf complex, with one course to be designed by Gil Hanse, those sources said. The Hanse course eventually would play host to many of the PGA’s events, including the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.



Number of times that 60 has been shot during the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach (Calif.) Country Club: Duffy Waldorf (2015), Nick Price (2011) and Tom Purtzer (2004). All three players went on to win the tournament that year. In the history of the 50-and-older tour, only nine other scores of 60 have been posted. Waldorf and Purtzer are entered in this year’s Toshiba Classic, which begins Friday (tee times).


March 8-11
European Tour: Indian Open

DLF GC, New Delhi 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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