MONDAY  | MAY 7, 2018
by Mike Purkey

They were a dozen deep at every turn on Tiger Woods’ trek at the Wells Fargo Championship. It’s the same everywhere he plays. People line fairways, crowd greens and are satisfied with no more than a brief look at the top of his hat of the greatest player of his generation, never mind actually getting to see him hit a shot. 

But the way Woods has played eight tournaments into his latest comeback, it’s just like a cop to onlookers at the scene of a crime: Move along, because there’s nothing to see here.

 



LPGA drops ball in Texas

What an incredibly poor decision by the LPGA powers to cut their Volunteers of America Texas Classic to 36 holes.

After watching some TV coverage, it is clear that they would not have needed too many “volunteers" to conduct a Monday finish for a 54-hole event.

 


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Number of victories this season for Jason Day, who won the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday. Day, 30, of Australia, shot a final-round 2-under 69 for a 12-under 272 total and two-stroke victory at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. Day owns 12 career victories, including the Farmers Insurance Open in January, in 220 starts on Tour. Rookie Aaron Wise (68) and fellow American Nick Watney (69) tied for second at 10-under 274, followed by Bryson DeChambeau (70) in fourth at 8-under 276. Phil Mickelson, on the strength of a 64-69 weekend, tied for fifth (scores).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Streamsong (Fla.) Resort will play host to its inaugural Family Four-Ball Championship on June 15-17. The two-round event will be played at the Blue and Black courses at the 54-hole resort, plus a putting contest on The Gauntlet. Prices start at $237 per person, per night.

 

Wickenburg Ranch’s Great Hole-in-One Challenge concluded April 28 with the awarding of a new Infiniti QX30 and the raising of $20,620 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Visitors to the Wickenburg, Ariz., resort had been participating throughout the year at the Li’l Wick and Big Wick courses, with 31 qualifiers advancing to the final. Jim Pickens of Surprise, Ariz., won the car.

 


CALENDAR
May 7-9
Women’s college: NCAA Division I regionals

University of Texas GC, Austin, Texas; University Ridge GC, Madison, Wis.; Don Veller Seminole GC, Tallahassee, Fla.; TPC Harding Park, San Francisco

May 10-13
PGA Tour: Players Championship

TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Web.com Tour: Knoxville Open

Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.

Symetra Tour: Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic

Links at Stoney Point, Greenwood, S.C.

European Tour: Rocco Forte Sicilian Open

Verdura GC, Agrigento, Italy

May 14-16
Men’s college: NCAA Division I regionals

Reunion Resort Watson GC, Kissimmee, Fla.; Lonnie Poole GC, Raleigh, N.C.; OSU GC Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio; Jimmie Austin OU GC, Norman, Okla.; The Reserve at Spanos Park, Stockton, Calif.; Traditions Club, Bryan, Texas

May 17-19
Symetra Tour: Symetra Classic

River Run CC, Davidson, N.C.

May 17-20
PGA Tour: AT&T Byron Nelson

Trinity Forest GC, Dallas

Web.com Tour: BMW Charity Pro-Am

Thornblade Club, Greenville, S.C.

European Tour: Belgian Knockout

Rinkven International GC, Antwerp, Belgium

Champions: Regions Tradition

Greystone GC, Birmingham, Ala.

LPGA: Kingsmill Championship

Williamsburg, Va.


      
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