FRIDAY  | MAY 11, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Welcome to another edition of the Players Championship, a cauldron of surprises where You Never Know meets WTF?!?

For instance: The Golf Channel’s very excellent analysts discussed Wednesday night the complex reasons why no Players champion has successfully defended his title. There were a lot of factors, but our experts agreed on one thing: It wasn’t going to happen this year, either.

 



by Ted Bishop

In honor of Mother’s Day, which falls on the final round of this week’s Players Championship, the tournament once again will stage a “pink out” event on Sunday. The initiative celebrates mothers and supports The Donna Foundation’s breast-cancer 5K run for research and care.

In conjunction with Sunday’s “pink out,” players, caddies, sponsors, volunteers and fans are encouraged to wear pink to TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in a show of solidarity. The Donna Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization named after Donna Deegan, a former Jacksonville, Fla., TV anchor and three-time breast-cancer survivor.

 


Tiger Woods stands out as entertainer

Although I’m not a Tiger Woods fan outside of golf, his recent comeback is good for the game, and his T-55 finishes “move the needle” (only) because he earned it (“McIlroy’s candor counters Woods’ illusions,” May 9)

It’s an entertainment needle.

 


6

Number of players tied for the lead at 6-under 66 after the first round of the Players Championship. Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, was tied with Patrick Cantlay, Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar, Alex Noren and Webb Simpson at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (scores).

 


Announced: By the LPGA, the creation of the women’s tour’s first official team event. The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, a 72-hole team tournament, will debut July 17-20, 2019, at Midland (Mich.) Country Club. The format for the $2 million event will feature 72 two-player teams competing in foursomes (alternate shot) and four-ball (better ball) play. Player qualifying has yet to be determined. Dow Chemical Co. signed a five-year sponsorship agreement.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Players preview

Hawk & Rude examine many things about the Players Championship. The move back to March. The dream pairings of Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson-Rickie Fowler, et al. Where it ranks on golf’s status scale. And more.

 

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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Cobra Puma Golf extended its agreement with Volition America by introducing a patriotic-themed collection of apparel, footwear and accessories for 2018. The Volition America Golf Collection supports the Folds of Honor Foundation.

 

The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will honor veterans on Memorial Day weekend, the PGA of America announced. In addition to the “Field of Flags” on display at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., all active-duty and retired military plus members of the National Guard and Reserve units and their spouses will be admitted for free.

 

Provision Events will be working with Callaway Golf for the manufacturer’s U.S. Rogue Tour. Provision Events has been retained to lead efforts through interactive areas at U.S. retail sites.

 

Sea Pines Resort announced its instruction program for the summer and fall. Tim Cooke and Dana Rader lead the instructors at the Golf Learning Center on Hilton Head Island, S.C., which also features club fitting and access to the resort’s three courses.

 

Carr Golf, which provides travel packages to Ireland, England and Scotland, announced a “Golf and Gridiron Experience” for this fall’s NFL games in London. Prices for the weeklong excursions start at $6,922 per person, excluding airfare.

 


CALENDAR
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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