WEDNESDAY  | MARCH 14, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

The world feels different this week. It just does.

I’m not passing judgment and saying it’s better or worse, just different. And it’s because of Tiger Woods. 

His return to near-winning form at the Valspar Championship was like an unexpected Christmas bonus. Just the reappearance of Woods would have been enough for the many who are Tiger fans but not necessarily golf fans. To return and show most of the same skills exhibited in his first 79 PGA Tour victories was astonishing. 

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER

One in a weekly series of stories about golf gear to run each Wednesday.

By Steve Elling

ORLANDO, Fla. – The owners of the re-energized Lynx Golf company committed to attending the sprawling, expensive, ultra-competitive PGA Merchandise Show before they had formally acquired the U.S. rights to the historic brand, which represented something of a financial gamble, to be sure.

But any question about the English company’s risky decision to wade back into the roiling manufacturing waters in the States was forgotten on the first day of the show in late January, as attendees ambled past the Lynx floor space and executed a parade of double-take glances.

 


It’s tough to watch, although plenty did

Why all the hoopla on Tiger Woods returning to competitive golf? The largest viewing audience for a non-major championship on the PGA Tour in five years would be one reason (“Keeping score,” March 13).

You can love him or hate him, but he moves the needle like no other golfer since Arnold Palmer back in the day. All, including the players, should be happy for Woods to return to relevance again, even for a short while, if that is what it turns out to be. There are no guarantees in this world for any of us. Make no mistake: Woods at age 42 and playing his A or A-minus game will win events on any tour in the world if he stays reasonably healthy.

 


Named: Ernie Els and Tiger Woods, as captains of the respective International and U.S. teams for the 2019 President Cups matches in Australia, as first reported byMorning Read (“Woods to captain ’19 Presidents Cup team,” March 12). But there was at least one big surprise from the announcement Tuesday at Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla., site of this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods conceded that he initiated a phone conversation with commissioner Jay Monahan of the PGA Tour, which administers the biennial matches, about the position.

 


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Position in the World Amateur Golf Ranking of Collin Morikawa, who received the third annual Arnold Palmer Cup exemption into this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. Morikawa, 21, a junior All-American at the University of California, is No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. He will be paired with Talor Gooch and Sam Burns in the final tee time, at 2:08 p.m. Thursday on No. 10 (tee times).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Bridgestone Golf announced that its Tour B X and XS golf balls are available in yellow and can be purchased at www.bridgestonegolf.com. The limited rollout is part of a trial program in the U.S.

 


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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