WEDNESDAY  | APRIL 25, 2018
by Alex Miceli

In hopes of becoming an honorary Cheesehead, Irishman Padraig Harrington has thrown his hat into the ring to be Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup captain when the event goes to Whistling Straits, near Kohler, Wis.

Speaking on a conference call with golf media Tuesday for this summer’s British Open at Carnoustie, Harrington quashed any doubts that he would wait until the biennial event’s 2026 edition, when it is rumored to return to Ireland. 

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER

One in a weekly series of stories about golf gear to run each Wednesday.

By Adam Schupak

In the golf ball business, there is Titleist and everyone else.

The slogan "the No. 1 ball in golf" has multiple meanings, but the statement easily can be supported by Titleist through retail market-share numbers. More than half of the dollars spent on golf balls in the U.S. are for Titleist and sister brand Pinnacle products as measured by Golf Datatech, which has been tracking retail sales for hard goods since 1995. 

 


Don’t mirror anchoring mistake

I wholeheartedly agree with readers Mark Anderson and Jim Kavanagh (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 24), but I would add that it is time to stop the ball where it is today and not let it get further out of hand.

It’s very hard to take away something that any person is accustomed to and comfortable with while trying his/her best to play well and be excited about it. Some of us who have been accustomed to anchoring the putter for the past 50 or 60 years feel very left out and frustrated to have to begin all over again. Many have quit the game, a terrible outcome.

 


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Number of Olympians paired in the 12:57 p.m. CDT Thursday group off the No. 1 tee at TPC Louisiana for the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in Avondale, La. England’s Justin Rose and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson will play with Americans Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson. Rose won the gold medal in the 2016 Rio Games as golf returned to the Olympics after a 112-year absence. Stenson won the silver, and Kuchar took the bronze. The Zurich Classic will use four-balls (better ball) in the first and third rounds and foursomes (alternate shot) in the second and fourth rounds. After two rounds, a cut to the low 35 teams and ties at the 35th position will determine the weekend field (tee times).

 


Announced: By Bernhard Langer, that he will not defend his title in the Senior PGA Championship next month so that he can attend his son’s high school graduation. Jason Langer, 18, the youngest of four Langer children, attends Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Young Langer intends to enroll in Penn’s Wharton School of Business and play golf, his father said. Bernhard Langer won’t be the first Hall of Fame golfer to miss a major championship to attend one of his children’s milestone events. Last year, Phil Mickelson skipped the U.S. Open at Erin Hills so that he could attend the high school graduation of his oldest daughter, Amanda.

 



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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Cobra Golf introduced two King F8 Volition America drivers designed to honor the U.S. military. The drivers are available in two themed colors: blue camo and desert sand. An F8+ version of both colors is available through custom order. The $499 drivers, to be available at retailers on April 27, support the Folds of Honor Foundation.

 

Lamkin grips were used by the winner of the recent Valero Texas Open, Lamkin Corp. announced. The winner played the Crossline Full Cord EPDM .58 round grips.

 

Elisa Gaudet, the founder of Women’s Golf Day, recently spoke with Lauren Thompson on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” about the upcoming event. The third annual Women’s Golf Day is scheduled for June 5.

 

Forty-two Troon-affiliated courses have been named to Golfweek magazine’s 2018 “Best Courses You Can Play” state lists. Among the honorees, Kapalua Plantation in Hawaii and Pronghorn Fazio in Oregon were ranked among the “Top 100 Modern Courses in the U.S.”

 

Three courses at Reynolds Lake Oconee have won recognition on Golfweek magazine’s 2018 “Best Courses You Can Play” list for Georgia, the resort in Greensboro, Ga., announced. Reynolds’ Great Waters course ranked No. 2, followed by Oconee at No. 5 and The Landing at No. 13.

 

Arccos Golf announced an agreement to license Cobra Golf patents related to data-tracking sensors into a club grip. The move follows the recent launch of the Cobra King F8 line of clubs with Cobra Connect Powered by Arccos, which includes an Arccos sensor in each club grip.

 

Golftec announced the opening of an instruction and club-fitting center at Fox Creek Golf Club in Smyrna, Ga. A grand-opening event will be held on May 12.

 

Casa de Campo Resort and Villas announced its “Unlimited Teeth of the Dog with Breakfast” package for its Teeth of the Dog course plus play on the resort’s two other Pete Dye-designed layouts. Through Oct. 31, the stay-and-play package at the resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic, starts at $399.

 

We Are Golf, a coalition of industry leaders, disclosed the findings of the U.S. Golf Economy Report at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday. A five-year study by Golf 20/20 and Teconomy Partners found that $84.1 billion of economic activity was generated by golf, a 22-percent increase from the previous study, which was conducted in 2011.

 

Popticals, a maker of compact performance eyewear, has selected The Media Group of Chicago for its public relations.

 


CALENDAR
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


      
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