FRIDAY  | APRIL 6, 2018
by Alex Miceli

Golf is not a game of perfect.

Even when a player wins, he generally has only persevered better than his competitors.

For five holes Thursday, Jordan Spieth was as close to perfect as any player who has walked the second nine at Augusta National during the Masters.


by Gary Van Sickle

Nobody listened. I had been sounding the alarm for weeks, but it wasn’t enough to stop this tsunami of Bad Karma. You might as well try to hold back the North Sea with a swizzle stick.

This week figured to be the greatest Masters of all, some media experts predicted, because so many of the top golfers were playing their best golf at the same time. Plus, there was a Phil Mickelson resurrection, an occurrence as stunning as a new sighting of Sasquatch other than in a jerky commercial, and the evolving riches-to-riches comeback tale of Tiger Woods.


by Steve Elling

Who needs TV?

Not the folks at Augusta National. After Thursday’s opening round of the Masters, the same might be said by a few hundred thousand viewers, too.


Don’t be too quick to congratulate

I applaud Augusta National for implementing its Women’s Amateur Championship; this and admitting women as members are huge steps toward entering the 20th (yes, the 20th) century. However, to state categorically that “... any remaining vestiges of sexism by the club ... have been removed” is ludicrous (“ ‘Perfect marriage’: Augusta adds women’s event,” April 5).  



Combined number of strokes for Americans Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson at Augusta National’s 172-yard, par-3 16th hole during the first round of the Masters. All made birdie from within 3 feet (scores).



PGA National Resort and Spa will close its Champion Course on June 4 for a rebuilding and re-grassing of its greens, the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., resort announced. Jack Nicklaus and his Nicklaus Design Associates will work with PGA National’s Brad Nelson, the club’s director of agronomy, in renovating the home of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic. The Champion Course is projected to reopen later this year. PGA National’s four other courses – Palmer, Fazio, Squire and Estates – will remain open.


Omega has signed England’s Tommy Fleetwood to an endorsement deal. Fleetwood, 27, is a four-time winner on the European Tour and the 2017 Race to Dubai season champion.


The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., recently introduced a travel package. The Lodge Golf Experience includes rounds of golf at The Cove and The Club at Porto Cima courses, breakfast and a $100 dining credit. The package is priced at $156.50 per person, per night through May 31 and $249.50 per person, per night from June 1 through Sept. 2, based on double occupancy.


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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