MONDAY  | MARCH 12, 2018
by Alex Miceli

The Presidents Cup will get a tremendous shot in the arm Tuesday when Tiger Woods and Ernie Els are named captains for the 2019 matches in Melbourne, Australia, sources told Morning Read.

A phone message left by Morning Read with a PGA Tour official who has responsibility for administering the biennial Presidents Cup was not returned.

 



1 set of rules for 1 game

Even Jack Nicklaus agrees that technology/distance has been detrimental to the game – for the PGA Tour, not just amateurs (“Solution for distance debate: 2 sets of rules,” March 9).

Nicklaus hit the ball as far, if not farther, relative to today’s players with their technological advances – especially when you consider the wound/balata balls and persimmon woods that he hit. So, he is in a very good place to lead this conversation.

 


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Number of victories, in 32 career starts, for 27-year-old Englishman Matt Wallace, who defeated countryman Andrew “Beef” Johnston on the first playoff hole to win the European Tour’s Hero Indian Open. Wallace, who played college golf at Jacksonville (Ala.) State, closed with 4-under 68 to share the lead with Johnston (66) at 11-under 277 after 72 holes at DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi. Wallace made a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th hole to beat Johnston’s par in the playoff. American Sihwan Kim (68) placed third at 8-under 280. Johnston, who won the Portugal Open in May, won six times in the 2016 Alps Tour season to earn a place on the Challenge Tour (scores).

 


Announced: By Justin Rose, that he will skip the WGC Match Play on March 21-25 at Austin (Texas) Country Club. Rose cited the timing of the event, only two weeks before the Masters, as an inopportune time to be playing match play while preparing for the season’s first major championship. Last week, Henrik Stenson also said that he would not compete in the WGC Match Play, which invites the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking as of today.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Streamsong Black, the Gil Hanse design at Streamsong Resort, has been named best new development of the year by Golf Inc., the central Florida resort announced. The Black course is part of a 54-hole resort located about an hour east of Tampa.

 


CALENDAR
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

March 21-25
WGC Dell Technologies Match Play

Austin (Texas) CC

March 22-25
PGA Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship

Corales GC, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Men’s amateur: Azalea Invitational

CC of Charleston (S.C.)

LPGA: Kia Classic

Carlsbad, Calif.

Web.com Tour: Chitimacha Louisiana Open

Le Triomphe GC, Broussard, La.

March 23-25
Champions: Rapiscan Systems Classic

Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.


      
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