TUESDAY  | MARCH 13, 2018
by John Gordon

As promised after the stated six-month period for golfers worldwide to respond to proposed changes, the U.S. Golf Association and R&A revealed on Monday the “modernized” Rules of Golf that will go into effect Jan. 1.

More than 30,000 golfers in 100-plus countries tested the proposed new rules and gave their input to the first sweeping revamp in more than 30 years.


by Adam Schupak

What a time to be a junior golfer.

An alphabet soup of tours has spawned to satisfy all of the next Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie wannabes, each committed to helping junior golfers male and female ages 11-19 in their pursuit of earning college scholarships through competitive golf. More than ever, top junior golfers are traveling around the country – and the world. There are Junior Ryder Cup, Junior Solheim Cup and now even Junior Presidents Cup matches, plus the Drive, Chip and Putt with the carrot of a chance to compete in the finals at Augusta National.


Use modern tools to enjoy the game

I find all the hullabaloo over how far the ball goes among readers to be ridiculous (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 12).

It's making old courses obsolete. Really? Has your course become obsolete because of technology? Are you hitting the ball too far? Of course not.



Overnight rating in metered markets for the NBC telecast of Sunday’s final round of the Valspar Championship, in which Tiger Woods contended and eventually finished co-runner-up to Paul Casey, according to the network. It was the highest-rated non-major PGA Tour broadcast since the 2013 Players Championship, which Woods won, drew a 5.7 rating. Sunday’s broadcast also was the highest-rated golf telecast, other than the perennial ratings-leading Masters, since the 2015 PGA Championship scored a 5.14.


Died: Jerry Anderson, the first Canadian to win on the European Tour, on March 9, according to PGA Tour Canada. He was 62. No cause of death was cited. Anderson won the 1984 Ebel European Masters Swiss Open with a then-record 27-under score, which stood for 19 years, until Ernie Els broke the mark. Anderson represented Canada in the World Cup in 1983, ’87 and ’89. He competed on the PGA Tour in 1990 and 1992 and won the Nationwide Tour’s 1991 Ben Hogan Texarkana Open.



Cobra Puma staff players Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau will pay homage to the late Arnold Palmer this week during the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. Fowler, DeChambeau and their caddies will sport Palmer’s iconic umbrella logo on their accessories, footwear and apparel. Fowler also will wear custom Puma high-top shoes and a cap designed to honor Palmer.


Nippon Shaft recorded victories on the PGA and Champions tours, running the company’s total to 129 tour victories in nine seasons for the N.S. Pro Modus shaft. The N.S. Pro Modus Wedge 120 X-flex steel shafts were used by the winner of the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship. The N.S. Pro Modus Tour 105 X-flex steel shafts were played by the winner of the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic.


The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Co. has added soft goods and accessories to its products, the Fort Worth, Texas-based manufacturer announced. The lineup includes caps, visors, umbrellas, towels and travel gear.


PGA Golf Club has received the Platinum Award from the Association of Golf Merchandisers, the Port St. Lucie, Fla., club announced. It is the third consecutive year that PGA Golf Club was honored by the AGM. The award recognizes clubs and facilities for their retail creativity and success.


The Reserve in Indian Wells, Calif., will commemorate its 20th anniversary with an $11.5 million renovation project, the club announced. The changes will include renovations to the Tom Weiskopf-Jay Morrish-designed golf course and a restyling of the clubhouse. A reopening celebration is being planned for December.


Ping recognized its top 100 National Fitters of the Year, the Phoenix-based equipment manufacturer announced. The honorees were tapped for their expertise in fitting and helping to make the game more enjoyable.


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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