TUESDAY  | MARCH 27, 2018
by Ron Kroichick

On the same weekend this month when Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker won on major professional tours, the most significant victory in golf occurred on the other side of the planet, in Singapore. Michelle Wie also won again, finally, and suddenly the women’s game bubbled with intrigue and possibility.

Now, on the brink of the LPGA’s first major championship of the year – the ANA Inspiration begins Thursday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. – it’s worth saying: Women’s golf needs Wie to extend her revival. Nothing would invigorate the LPGA more than Wie in the winner’s circle, repeatedly, and the early returns in 2018 are encouraging.

 



by Gary Van Sickle 

It never hurts to try to improve your image. Therefore, I am not going to Augusta for the Masters Tournament this spring. I’m going there for the art

It’s not a lie, like claiming you read Playboy for the articles. The Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Ga., is holding a major exhibition, “The Academy of Golf Art: Artists of the Game.” It is already in progress and will run until May 13, so there’s finally something else to do in Augusta during Masters week but, yes, I might force myself to go watch golf and write about it … if, sigh, I must. 


Restore one-and-done format to Match Play

I agree with Alex Miceli’s contention that the PGA Tour has made a mistake with pool play for the WGC Match Play (“Match Play lacks drama of one-and-done,” March 26).

When the change was made before the 2015 Match Play, the idea was to avoid the one-and-dones by big-name players. Instead, we get to watch Dustin Johnson die a slow death, and we still get Cameron Smith vs. Tyrrell Hatton.

 


Extended: Invitations to next week’s Masters, based on their respective positions among the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, to No. 44 Cameron Smith of Australia, No. 46 Satoshi Kodaira of Japan, No. 47 Dylan Frittelli of South Africa and No. 48 Chez Reavie of the U.S. One potential spot remains for the April 5-8 Masters: the winner of this week’s Houston Open, provided that he is not already eligible.

 


10-1

Odds for Tiger Woods, the co-favorite, to win next week’s Masters, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Woods, a four-time winner at Augusta National, hasn’t won the green jacket since 2005. He, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy were listed as 10-1 favorites. Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion, and Justin Rose were 12-1 picks. Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson, who won the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play title on Sunday, was next at 14-1.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

We Are Golf, a coalition of the game’s leading associations, will announce its U.S. Golf Economy Report onApril 24 in Washington, the day before the annual National Golf Day. The study was conducted by Golf 20/20 and TEConomy Partners.

 

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Co. has introduced a new line of Edge irons. Thirty years after the Hogan Edge irons were introduced, the line of forged clubs has been updated to help minimize the effects of mis-hits.

 

Puma Golf has announced the attire that Bryson DeChambeau will wear for next week’s Masters. DeChambeau will be clad head to toe in Puma gear, with pieces from the spring/summer line.

 

Puma Golf has announced the attire that Rickie Fowler will wear for next week’s Masters. Fowler will be clad head to toe in Puma gear, with pieces from the spring/summer line.

 

EGull Golf announced the addition of two municipal courses in Kalamazoo, Mich., to the company’s “Play and Pay by the Hole” app. Eastern Hills Golf Course and Milham Park Golf Club will offer eGull access to complement their other play.

 

Keith Pyne, a chiropractor with a practice in New York, has joined the medical advisory staff of Golf and Body NYC, a private club in midtown Manhattan dedicated to golf performance. Pyne also has roles on the medical staffs of baseball’s Washington Nationals and hockey’s New York Islanders.

 

Tour Edge reported more top finishes among players using the Exotics hybrid clubs on the Champions Tour. Five of the top 25 at the recent Rapiscan Systems Classic played Exotics CBX hybrids.

 


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.

April 11-14
LPGA: Lotte Championship

Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii

April 12-15
PGA Tour: RBC Heritage

Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

European Tour: Spanish Open

National Golf Center, Madrid

April 13-15
Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Classic

TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.

Men’s amateur: Terra Cotta Invitational

Naples (Fla.) National GC


      
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