FRIDAY  | APRIL 13, 2018
by Bill Fields

As Jordan Spieth approached the 17th green at Augusta National Golf Club late Sunday afternoon, so did a bunch of spectators who wanted to see whether the young Texan – 9 under par for the day and tied for the lead with Patrick Reed at 14 under – could make a storybook round even better.

The way the fans moved eagerly toward Spieth recalled, at least in a scale-model sense, how another gallery had grown at that location a long time ago in anticipation of what another popular player, Jack Nicklaus, trying to complete an amazing final-round comeback, might do. Unlike Nicklaus on No. 17 in 1986, though, Spieth didn’t sate the fans by making a birdie putt. And instead of duplicating the Golden Bear’s par at the last, Spieth would card a costly bogey.

 



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Mike Purkey's article sounded like me (“Golf after 60: A little pain, but no gain,” April 12).

I just had a physical. Blood pressure was great, and the only medicine prescribed were vitamin supplements, and I'm a 67-year-old prostate cancer survivor. My irons are getting a little shorter yearly, though I had developed a protruding stomach. My winter of 5-6 days a week in the gym (partially due to the disgusting weather in Ohio) reduced the belly into muscle and makes me feel great.

 


Upgraded: By the PGA Tour, its annual stop in Memphis, Tenn., to World Golf Championships status, beginning in 2019. The dates for the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational were not announced. In a nod to tour season-long sponsor FedEx, the Memphis event, at TPC Southwind, will replace the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, on the calendar. Earlier Thursday, the PGA Tour threw a bone to Akron and Firestone Country Club, which has played host to the tour since 1954, by announcing that the Champions Tour’s Senior Players Championship will move to Firestone beginning next year and be sponsored by Bridgestone. The tournament dates will be July 11-14, 2019. This year’s FedEx St. Jude Classic on June 7-10 and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational on Aug. 2-5 will be played as scheduled.

 


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Number of birdies that Brooke Henderson made in her first six holes en route to a bogey-free 6-under 66 and the early second-round lead in the LPGA’s Lotte Championship. Starting on the back nine at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii, Henderson birdied Nos. 10, 11, 14 and 15. Henderson, 20, a five-time LPGA winner from Canada, stood at 10-under 134 as play continued late Thursday. American Mo Martin (67) was two strokes back at 8-under 136 (scores).

 



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FROM THE INDUSTRY

PGA National Resort and Spa announced a “flash” sale, with a 25-percent discount on the best available room rates and 10 percent off of select golf and spa packages. The pricing is good through Feb. 14 but must be booked by the end of the day April 15.

 

Youth on Course announced a deal with the Maryland State Golf Association to help provide youngsters with rounds of golf for $5 or less. Youth on Course is a nonprofit that helps youngsters gain access to subsidized golf, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships. The network is active at 750 facilities in 23 states.

 


CALENDAR
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

April 19-22
LPGA: Hugel-JTBC Championship

Wilshire CC, Los Angeles

European Tour: Trophee Hassan II

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco

Web.com Tour: North Mississippi Classic

CC of Oxford (Miss.)

Ladies European Tour: Lalla Meryem Cup

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Blue), Rabat, Morocco

PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open

TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks), San Antonio

April 20-22
Champions: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.


      
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