TUESDAY  | APRIL 17, 2018
by Mike Purkey

It was a curious endorsement, especially from the commissioner of the PGA Tour, a newly-minted overseer of an organization that is rarely bruised with scandal, either from within or without.

Jay Monahan, who became the Tour’s commissioner In January 2017, recently told USA Today that he would approve of and even welcome legal gambling on professional golf. The reason we’re talking about this is that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this summer on a case in which New Jersey wants the court to overturn the ban on legal sports betting under 1992’s Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

 



GUEST ESSAY
by John Gaughan

It wasn’t my idea. In fact, I initially resisted. Not as ardently as some of my peers, though.

“Those are ladies’ tees.”

“It’s too short.”

“Unfair.”

“Oh yeah?” my partner said.

 


Ageless advice for geezer golf

I enjoyed the take of your readers on the “senior game” and loss of distance (“Golf after 60: A little pain, but no gain,” April 12)(“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 16).

Here are a few observations of my own and some wisdom from Sam Snead, Paul Runyan and Gene Sarazen, all of whom played well into their later years.

 


10-1

Odds for co-favorites Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth to win the U.S. Open, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Justin Thomas was a 12-1 pick, followed by Jason Day and Rickie Fowler at 14-1, Jon Rahm (16-1) and Justin Rose (20-1). Tiger Woods was a co-No. 9 pick, with Hideki Matsuyama, at 25-1. Masters champion Patrick Reed was listed at 30-1. The U.S. Open will be played June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. (odds).

 


Announced: By the U.S. Golf Association, that more than 150 hours of USGA tournaments will air this year. The coverage will include more than 45 hours on Fox, Fox Sports 1, the Spanish-language Fox Deportes and Fox Sports Go from the U.S. Open in June at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. (broadcast schedule).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Inntopia’s Marketing Cloud CRM platform will be used by PGA Tour Experiences for its automated marketing and to drive return visitation. PGA Tour Experiences is a tour operator that sells golf vacations.

 

Nippon Shaft products were used by the top three finishers at the recent LPGA Lotte Championship. The winner used the N.S. Pro Modus Tour 105 S flex steel shafts in her irons and the Modus Wedge 115 steel shafts in her wedges.

 

Provision Events built a themed children’s putting course to welcome young golf fans to the PGA Tour’s recent RBC Heritage tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The PVE initiative, adjacent to the 18th hole, encouraged hundreds of children to swing clubs during the tournament days.

 

Eight more golf courses have agreed to add the eGull pay app, expanding to more than 100 the number of courses that use the technology to allow golfers to pay by the number of holes played. Three courses in California, two in Illinois and one each in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Virginia have added the eGull pay app.

 

Arccos Golf announced the premiere of Arccos Coaches Dashboard. The free, web-based platform allows golf instructors to access and analyze their students’ performance data.

 

Puerto Los Cabos, a resort community in Los Cabos, Mexico, debuted a Jack Nicklaus-designed nine-hole addition for resort play, expanding the development’s golf offerings to 27 holes. The two original nines on the tip of the Baja California peninsula were designed by Nicklaus and Greg Norman.

 


CALENDAR
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.

April 21-23
Junior boys: Sage Valley Invitational

Sage Valley GC, Graniteville, S.C.

April 25
Industry: National Golf Day

Capitol Hill, Washington

April 26-29
PGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.

LPGA: LPGA Mediheal Championship

Lake Merced GC, Daly City, Calif.

Web.com Tour: United Leasing and Finance Championship

Victoria National GC, Newburgh, Ind.

European Tour: Volvo China Open

Topwin GC, Beijing

April 28 - May 2
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball

El Caballero CC, Tarzana, Calif.


      
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