MONDAY  | APRIL 23, 2018
by Bill Fields

Although the Zurich Classic of New Orleans is a fine golf tournament held in a wonderful city, it probably is best that I won’t be at TPC Louisiana this weekend. There will be music playing on the first tee – walk-up songs of the two-man teams’ choosing for the last two rounds – and the odds of my being exposed as tragically out of touch with the current charts might match those of someone being overserved in a given night on Bourbon Street. I would need the tandem of Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker to make the cut and hope my fellow fiftysomethings pick something that also has some age on it.


by Alex Miceli

It’s easy to forget how much fun golf can be.  

If you play in the United States, the game can be a struggle, often at a slow pace on expensive, unimaginative courses.


One game, one ball

Is it not about time for the professional golf tours to adopt a policy requiring all competitors to play the same ball? (“For aspiring pro, there’s no turning back,” April 18).

Other than bowling, golf is the only professional sport I'm aware of that allows game participants to use their own private ball.



Number of career victories on the PGA Tour for Andrew Landry, who won the Valero Texas Open on Sunday. Landry, 30, closed with a 4-under 68 at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course for a 17-under 271 total and two-stroke victory. Sean O’Hair birded the last two holes to shoot 66 and share second place with Trey Mullinax (69), who shot a course-record 62 one day earlier. Landry, who was born in Port Neches and lives in Austin, is the first native Texan to win his home-state open since Justin Leonard in 2007 (scores).


Honored: Baylor senior Matthew Perrine, as the Byron Nelson Award winner. The award goes to a graduating senior, with emphasis on his entire collegiate academic and golf career, his character, integrity and citizenship. Perrine, a business major from Austin, Texas, averages 71.17 strokes per round and is a four-time member of the Big 12 commissioner’s honor roll.



Arccos Golf announced the launch of Arccos Caddie for Android users. Arccos Caddie is a premium feature of the Arccos 360 platform, which records and analyzes a golfer’s shots.


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. 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.

May 3-6
LPGA: Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic

The Colony, Texas

PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.

May 4-6
Symetra Tour: IOA Invitational

Atlanta National GC, Milton, Ga.

Champions: Insperity Invitational

The Woodlands (Texas) CC

May 5-6
European Tour: GolfSixes

Centurion Club, St. Albans, England

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