TUESDAY  | APRIL 24, 2018
by Ron Kroichick

Tiger Woods learned all about the San Francisco Bay Area’s strength as a golf market in October 2005, during his memorable playoff tussle with John Daly.

The gallery at Harding Park pressed against the ropes, 10-deep in spots, as Woods and Daly rode in carts back to the 18th tee. Woods later joked that his left ear felt half-deaf from the avalanche of noise. Then, after he and Daly traded towering tee shots over the corner of Lake Merced, they walked down the same fairway in the other direction – and Woods’ right ear felt half-deaf.


Big-picture view for National Golf Day

The last thing that golf needs is a standard golf ball (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 23).

Individuality is very important to golf. Whether it be playing with a TaylorMade driver or having a Scotty Cameron putter cover, the individual golfer can show his or her personality in a variety of ways. Quarterbacks have different footballs. Golfers should have different golf balls. Golf is trying to be more inclusive, not exclusive. 



Number of times that Inbee Park has been ranked No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings. Park, 29, of South Korea, reclaimed the top spot Monday after she tied for second in the LPGA’s recent Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open. China’s Shanshan Feng, who ranked No. 1 for the past 23 weeks, slipped to No. 2, bumping American Lexi Thompson to No. 3. This is Park’s 93rd cumulative week atop the Rolex Rankings.


Saved: The PGA Tour’s long-running tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, by Charles Schwab & Co., which signed a four-year agreement to serve as title sponsor, through 2023. The tournament name and 2019 dates will be announced later, the Tour said. Charles Schwab & Co., a San Francisco-based financial-services company, also serves as a major sponsor on the Champions Tour. This year’s Fort Worth Invitational will be played May 24-27 at Colonial Country Club, a PGA Tour host since 1946.



The three golf courses at Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C., have been ranked among the top 15 in the state, according to Golfweek magazine. The trio – Harbour Town Golf Links, Atlantic Dunes and Heron Point – also ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, on the island.


Nippon Shaft reported that its N.S. Pro Modus steel shafts were used by the winner of the PGA Tour’s recent Valero Texas Open. He played the Tour 105 X-flex steel shafts in his irons. It represents the Japanese shaft maker’s 131st professional victory, the company said.


World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., introduced its Spring Buddy Package for groups of 12-20 players. The package includes three rounds of golf and starts at $328 per person.


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.

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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