FRIDAY  | MARCH 9, 2018
by Ted Bishop

Speculation has been running rampant that golf’s governing bodies eventually are going to evoke equipment standards that will cause a rollback in the distance that the golf ball travels.

Will all recreational golfers in favor of hitting shorter shots please identify themselves?


by Gary Van Sickle

Corey Conners can laugh now. It wasn’t funny Monday, though, when he shot 1-under 71 in Valspar Championship qualifying and knew that score wouldn’t be anywhere near low enough to earn one of the four spots available. It took 7 under, as it turned out. Conners missed by six strokes.

“I hate Mondays,” Conners said with a laugh Thursday after he shot 4-under 67 and held a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Valspar Championship (scores).


The delusion surrounding Woods

The only mania about Tiger Woods is that incessantly and relentlessly displayed by the media(“Tigermania 2.0? Azinger says watch out,” March 8). Thursday’s piece in Morning Read is exhibit 1.



Number of tournaments this season, in four starts, in which Tiger Woods has opened with an under-par round. Woods shot 1-under 70 on Thursday at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in the first round of the Valspar Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla. Woods made five birdies against four bogeys. He stands tied for eighth, three strokes behind leader Corey Conners of Canada. Americans Kelly Kraft and Nick Watney were tied for second with South Korea’s Whee Kim at 68 (scores).


Announced: By the European Tour, that Saudi Arabia will host a tournament for the first time next year. The tournament will be played Jan. 31-Feb. 3 as part of the early-season Desert Swing that includes Abu Dhabi and Dubai. As part of a three-year deal, the tournament will be staged at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City along the Red Sea. The tournament name and prize money are expected to be disclosed in May.



Troon has been selected to manage Colonial Country Club in Memphis, Tenn., the management company announced. Troon Privé, the private-club operations division, will manage the club. Colonial, which dates to 1913, is a former host to the PGA Tour’s Memphis event and was the site of the first 59 shot in Tour history, in 1977 by Al Geiberger.


Billy Casper Golf has been chosen to manage clubhouse operations at Middlesex County’s three golf courses in north-central New Jersey, the management company announced. BCG will oversee Tamarack in East Brunswick, The Meadows at Middlesex in Plainsboro and Raritan Landing in Piscataway.


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

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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