FRIDAY  | MARCH 30, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

David Westin already had plotted his Augusta Chronicle story about the 1996 Masters Tournament’s final round in his head. With Greg Norman holding a six-shot lead and an earlier 63 making his victory seem inevitable, Westin planned to write that the ghosts of Masters past finally did not come back to haunt Norman.

“When Norman lost, I switched it around and wrote that the ghosts of Masters past did come back to haunt him and it wasn’t a pretty sight, not even for Nick Faldo,” Westin said. “I threw some Charles Dickens in. It worked out even better.”


by Mike Purkey

The other day, a friend said, “The U.S. Ryder Cup team is going to thrash the Europeans for the next 10 years. We have the players we’ve needed, and we’ve finally gotten the captains and strategy right. We’re going to dominate.”

In the immortal words of Lee Corso on ESPN’s College GameDay, “Not so fast, my friend.”


Hoping for another Woods masterpiece

I pretty much agree with everything you wrote, but I would like to add a few things not stated (“Sucker bet? Masters money floods to Woods,” March 29).

Augusta National is a unique golf course and golfing experience. Course knowledge can have a big impact on determining the champion. Tiger Woods certainly has it.



Number of strokes under par that Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg stood Thursday after her first-round 65 led the LPGA’s ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Lindberg, who started on the back nine at Mission Hills Country Club, birdied three of her final four holes in a bogey-free round to pull in front. Lindberg, 31, is winless since joining the LPGA in 2010. Spain’s Beatriz Recari and Japan’s Ayako Uehara were tied for second at 6-under 66. American Jessica Korda joined Swiss amateur Albane Valenzuela and South Korea’s Ha Na Jang at 67. The tournament is the LPGA’s first major championship of the season (scores).



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Bubba Watson shined with his golf vision and creativity in winning the recent WGC Match Play in Austin, Texas. Watson talks about his victory, and Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss the event. Steve Timms, the tournament director of the Houston Open, previews this week’s tournament and the recovery efforts after last year’s Hurricane Harvey struck southeast Texas. The Vertical Groove Hotline features comments from Alex Miceli, Morning Read’s founder and publisher and, in the final segment, an interview with broadcaster Jim Nantz.


K-Motion Interactive has released K-Coach, an instruction-based platform to provide coaches with measurement and training tools to improve their students’ games. K-Motion makes wearable human motion-training applications for golf, baseball, softball, fitness and physical therapy.


The Oaks Club At Valencia has been selected as the new name for a recently acquired Arcis Golf property in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. The club, formerly known as TPC Valencia, is a 2003 creation of PGA Tour Design Services, in consultation with Mark O’Meara.


EGull has added two 27-hole complexes in Illinois to its roster of clubs that allow golfers to pay by the number of holes played. Cantigny Golf in Wheaton and Cardinal Creek Golf Club in Beecher will use the eGull Pay app for golfers unable to commit to nine- or 18-hole rounds and instead pay by the hole.


Buffalo.Agency, a marketing firm that represents golf, sport and lifestyle brands worldwide, announced four promotions: David Griffith, to vice president; Jill Headley, to vice president; Chad Kurz, to senior director; and David Wood, to director.


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.

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

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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