THURSDAY  | MARCH 22, 2018
by Ron Kroichick

Welcome back, LPGA. Nice to have you in our fine state again – and for a longer visit, no less. Maybe you’ll even have time to chill at the beach (well, if the rain stops).

Beginning this week, the world’s best women’s golfers will play four of their next five tournaments in California, from Carlsbad and Rancho Mirage to Los Angeles and Daly City, just outside of San Francisco. The only interruption will come when they jet to Hawaii for a week on Oahu.


by Martin Dempster

It may be the “Home of Golf,” but Scotland isn't exactly making itself a shining example to developing nations in the sport right now.

For starters, it is not represented in the world’s top 100 in the men's game, with Russell Knox having fallen out of the top 100 this week, extending a slide since he won the 2015 WGC HSBC Champions and the 2016 Travelers Championship.


Hypocrisy reigns in modern golf

I find it interesting that golfers are railing against alcohol consumption and fan behavior on the golf course (“Beers, jeers on Tour: Time to tighten tap?” March 20)

Name another sport’s equivalent of the 19th hole in golf. John Daly, Lee Trevino, David Feherty, Roger Maltbie and numerous others are as well known for their predilection to party as their golfing ability. 



Number of consecutive times that Miguel Angel Jimenez has won the Champions Tour’s Rapiscan Systems Classic, which begins Friday in Biloxi, Miss. If Jimenez were to defend his title successfully, it would be the ninth time that a player has won at least three consecutive times on the 50-and-older tour (tee times).


Announced: Special exemptions into the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open for Jane Blalock and Mary Jane Hiestand by the U.S. Golf Association. Blalock, 72, won 27 times on the LPGA. Hiestand, 58, an amateur, finished runner-up in last fall’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. The U.S. Senior Women’s Open will debut July 12-15 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill. The special exemptions bring to 18 the number of categories for exempt players.



The Grill Room Golf Show powered by Vertical Groove Golf

Rory McIlroy won the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational for his first victory on the PGA Tour in 1½ years. Tiger Woods posted another top finish and is making progress on the road to Augusta. On the Vertical Groove Hotline, Morning Read founder and publisher Alex Miceli talks about the importance of player managers. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. take a look at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, and Groove Up! with Vertical Groove Golf rounds out the show.


Chase54 launched its Luxe in Motion spring collection, the apparel maker announced. The clothing line was designed with speed, athletics and fluid movement in mind. It features two groupings for men and three for women, with the new CoolFuze cooling fabric.


Columbus (Ohio) Country Club will reopen all 18 holes on May 15 after Kevin Hargrave’s nearly two-year renovation of the Donald Ross design. More than 1,500 trees were removed, bunkers were replaced and tees added and repositioned to flex the course length from 5,400 to 7,200-plus yards.


The Village at Machrihanish Dunes in Scotland launched the Mach Dunes Million hole-in-one contest. Through Sept. 30, anyone who registers and plays 18 holes at Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club will be entered into a set of random drawings. Twelve finalists will get one shot each at an ace Oct. 13 on the 139-yard, par-3 fifth hole that overlooks the Atlantic. A hole-in-one would be worth $1 million.


Anthony Paino has been named the general manager at Fairwood Golf and Country Club in Renton, Wash., according to Troon Privé, which manages the private club. Paino recently worked as general manager at The Columbia Tower Club in Seattle.


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. Tour: Chitimacha Louisiana Open

Le Triomphe GC, Broussard, La.

March 23-25
Champions: Rapiscan Systems Classic

Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.

March 29 - April 1
LPGA: ANA Inspiration

Rancho Mirage, Calif.

PGA Tour: Houston Open

GC of Houston, Humble, Texas Tour: Savannah Golf Championship

The Landings Club (Deer Creek), Savannah, Ga.

April 5-8
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament

Augusta (Ga.) National GC

April 6-8
Symetra Tour: IOA Championship

Beaumont, Calif.

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