FRIDAY  | APRIL 27, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

History can’t be erased, but it can be easily forgotten. 

So, we shouldn’t get bent out of shape about someplace as storied as Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, getting bumped off the PGA Tour next year after having hosted tournaments since 1954.


Why restrict 99 percent of golfers?

The reader input titled “One Game, One Ball” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 23) brings me to you with some thoughts:

Why can’t the pros be pros and let us amateurs be amateurs?  I would love to hit a ball 300 yards (again), but at 68 years old I’m not capable. I’m OK with that. But don’t change the equipment, including the ball, to control the pros when it would limit me even more than my age already does.



Number of strokes under par that leader Maverick McNealy, who shot a bogey-free 64, stands in the Tour’s United Leasing and Finance Championship at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind. McNealy made four birdies on each side for a one-stroke lead on Brock McKenzie, who birdied his last two holes, Nos. 8 and 9 (scores).


Committed: To two consecutive tournaments, Tiger Woods. He announced on his website that he will play in next week’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., followed by the Players Championship on May 10-13 at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Woods is a past champion at both events: in 2007, when the Charlotte stop at Quail Hollow Club was known as the Wachovia Championship, and in 2001 and 2013 at the Players, at TPC Sawgrass. Woods hasn’t won a Tour event since the 2013 WGC Bridgestone, his 79th Tour title, capping a five-victory season that would lead to his 11th Player of the Year Award. Phil Mickelson also announced that he will compete at the Players. Mickelson, the 2007 Players champion, won the WGC Mexico Championship earlier this season for his 43rd career title.



Golftec announced an instruction and club-fitting center in Edina, Minn. The site, Golftec’s fifth in the Minneapolis area, is in the new Twin Cities Orthopedics building at 4100 Minnesota Dr. The grand opening is scheduled for May 3.


Belfair recently started the one-year countdown to the 2019 PGA Professional Championship with a golf clinic hosted by Suzy Whaley, the PGA of America’s vice president, and Paige Cribb, the PGA Carolinas Section president. The event was held April 19 on the practice range at Belfair, in Bluffton, S.C.


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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