WEDNESDAY  | MAY 9, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Good news, Rickie Fowler. You’re not on this list.

What list?

The Best Players Who Haven’t Won The Players Championship Yet.


by Alex Miceli

I know that it’s Players Championship week, and because the tournament ostensibly is golf’s fifth major, it should be held in high esteem. But two incidents occurred last week in Charlotte, N.C., that caught my eye, so my thoughts on the Players will have to wait for another day.

First, I love Rory McIlroy. He shoots from the hip – not in a bad way but more of an adolescent or playful manner. He never tries to hurt anyone, and he is honest to the core. 



Born in a European region steeped in history, Argolf Putters might possess the most interesting DNA in golf, and not merely because the clubs could provide a serious advantage on the greens.

Provenance is a term often used with regard to French artwork or items of historical interest and value. When it comes to the Argolf line, milled in the storied Brittany region on France’s northwest coast, the back story should command any golfer’s attention, especially if he is struggling with the short stick.



A membership at your local golf or country club comes with perks, among which is the reciprocity access you might get to other clubs and courses via your golf professional, or via a network of clubs and courses that are associated by common ownership or management group. Sure, it’s cool to be able to go play another private course every once in a while. To break the monotony of your regular game, you grab a couple friends from your club and head over to play the “sister” club, where you’re treated not unfairly or unkindly, and a memory or two might potentially be made. But really, the overall experience doesn’t feel much different than if you’d just stuck with your home club.


Quest for more firepower

Why are we limited to only 14 clubs? The older I get, the smaller the gaps between my clubs. I need more firepower available to play all of these long courses.



Percentage of respondents to a Morning Read social-media poll who answered “yes” to the question, “Will Tiger Woods win again on the PGA Tour?”



The Grill Room Golf Show powered by Vertical Groove Golf

Jason Day is back on top after winning the Wells Fargo Championship for his second victory of the season. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. wrap up the Wells Fargo and then preview this week’s Players Championship. Coverage includes audio insights from Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods. Alex Miceli, the founder and publisher of Morning Read, also shares his thoughts. Kenny Perry is featured in the Groove Up! with Vertical Groove Golf segment, followed by Tom Rinaldi in “Voices of the Game” with Kelly Elbin.


Tour Edge Exotics posted four top-10 finishes among golfers playing the clubs in the recent Champions Tour event in The Woodlands, Texas. Runner-up Bart Bryant and fifth-place finisher Tom Lehman, playing the CBX hybrid, led the company’s efforts.


Youth on Course has partnered with the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association to bring affordable junior golf to St. Louis and surrounding central and southern Illinois. Youth on Course is a nonprofit organization that provides rounds of golf for $5 or less at 800 facilities in 25 states.


In an alliance with Topgolf, Billy Casper Golf announced that it will install the company’s Toptracer Range platform at select BCG facilities in the U.S. Toptracer Range, branded as Launchbox Golf, features the on-screen ball-tracking technology that has been popularized on PGA Tour telecasts.


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. 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 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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