MONDAY  | MAY 14, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Webb Simpson didn’t change golf last weekend at the Players Championship, but Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas might have.

Those three players, paired in one of the so-called Super Groups during the first two rounds, were largely responsible for Tiger Woods getting to play on the weekend at TPC Sawgrass. All three made crucial gaffes late Friday afternoon – McIlroy doubled the 17th after a splashdown; Spieth three-putted the 18th and Thomas bogeyed the final hole after failing to get his third shot onto the putting surface.


Refreshing candor regarding Woods

It is so refreshing to read someone in the press be honest about Tiger Woods, to express the same thoughts my fellow amateurs have regarding his performance. Ditto, your thoughts on Rory McIlroy (“McIlroy’s candor counters Woods’ illusions,” May 9).



The position in the Official World Golf Ranking of Justin Thomas, according to computations after Sunday’s conclusion of the Players Championship. Thomas, 25, the reigning PGA champion, supplanted Dustin Johnson, who has won eight times in the past 24 months, dating to his 2016 U.S. Open victory. Thomas tied for 11th in the Players, one stroke ahead of Johnson, who tied for 17th (scores). Thomas also is No. 1 in the PGA Tour’s season standings. Johnson held the top spot in the OWGR for 64 weeks. Thomas is the 21st player to be ranked No. 1 since the OWGR debuted in 1986 (ranking).


Admitted: For the first time, female members to Kasumigaseki Country Club, site of the golf competition in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The club had come under pressure from the International Olympic Committee for its exclusionary membership policies. Until last year, the club in Kawagoe, Saitama prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, allowed females on its roster, but they could not become full members and could not play on certain Sundays, restrictions that did not apply to male members.



The Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun, an event on the World Long Drive Association tour, will be televised at 8-10 p.m. EDT Tuesday on Golf Channel. The network’s “Golf Central” show will preview the event, which includes men’s and women’s competitors, beginning at 7 p.m. from the Ak-Chin Indian community in Maricopa, Ariz.


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.

May 18-23
Women’s college: NCAA Division I Championship

Karsten Creek GC, Stillwater, Okla.

May 19-23
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Jupiter Hills GC, Tequesta, Fla.

May 20-23
Industry: ING Spring Conference

IP Casino Resort and Spa, Biloxi, Miss.

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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