MONDAY  | MARCH 26, 2018
by Alex Miceli

Golf can be inherently boring to watch until Sunday afternoon, when the week’s top players are in contention to win.

That’s when the game can be stimulating, even exhilarating.

 



by Dan O’Neill

March Madness is in full bloom right now in college basketball. It features surprising developments, buzzer-beating drama and Cinderella stories. It’s hard to imagine anything might compete with it for the sports community’s undivided attention. 

And yet there’s this extraordinary season going on in golf right now. It features surprising developments, clock-reversing moments and Lazarus stories. It’s every bit as mad, every bit as compelling and every bit as big in the ratings. It’s Comeback Craziness.

 


Golf’s cardinal sin

Several years ago, we played a resort-community course daily for a week. It had four courses. On the ones owned by the homeowners, the starter put a turn time on your tag. He then would announce to the group, “Gentlemen, you must turn within 15 minutes of your turn time or you will be asked to leave.” He ended his talk with the following: “It's not a sin to play poorly, but it is to play slowly.”

 


2

Number of victories, in three starts this season on the Champions Tour, for American Steve Stricker after he won the Rapiscan Systems Classic on Sunday at Fallen Oak in Biloxi, Miss. Stricker closed with a 4-under 68 for an 11-under 205 and three-stroke victory over American Billy Andrade (69). Earlier this month, Stricker won the Cologuard Classic after a T-2 finish in the season-opening Chubb Classic. He has made the cut in all three of his starts on the PGA Tour (scores).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Every Ball Counts, a science-based and statistics-driven academy at PGA Resort and Spa Estates Course in West Palm Beach, Fla., has attracted college golf teams and emerging junior players seeking improvement. EBC uses data similar to what ShotLink compiles for the PGA Tour.

 

Mass Golf, the state golf association for Massachusetts, has launched a social-media campaign to support Matt Parziale, the reigning State Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur champion. With the hashtag #MATTsters, Mass Golf will rally behind Parziale, a Brockton firefighter, in his major-championship debut next week at the Masters.

 

Pascal Stolz, the chief executive officer of eGull Pay, will be featured on the Golf Content Network. Stolz, who founded eGull, was interviewed by Matt Ward about the GPS technology-based program for golfers to pay by the number of holes played.

 


CALENDAR
March 29 - April 1
LPGA: ANA Inspiration

Rancho Mirage, Calif.

PGA Tour: Houston Open

GC of Houston, Humble, Texas

Web.com 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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