TUESDAY  | MAY 15, 2018
by Alex Miceli

At the 2002 Ryder Cup, I had one of my best experiences in golf.

Back in those days, the European Tour would allow for a betting house to have a tented facility onsite that allowed for wagering on each Ryder Cup match.

As each match progressed at The Belfry in England, the odds changed.

 



by Alex Miceli

The 2018 Golf Industry Report was released today by the National Golf Foundation with some good news for an industry that is valued at $84 billion and makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through nearly 2 million jobs.

Many observers think that golf – specifically non-professional golf – is in trouble. However, the GIR indicates that the industry is not as imperiled as many have been led to believe.

 


The Tiger hype machine

Here we go again. The media can’t wait to crown Tiger Woods. Crown him a PGA Tour winner. State in a serious tone that he may surpass the majors record of Jack Nicklaus. Add him to the Ryder Cup team (“Tiger 3.0: Let the mania begin again,” May 14).

Based on what? On barely making the cut (and not through his own efforts) at the Players Championship, and two good rounds at what clearly has become a very gettable venue? 

 


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Number of trees in play on the Trinity Forest Golf Club course, which debuts this week as the host of the PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson tournament. Trinity Forest, a Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw design that opened in 2016, was built on a 160-acre sand-capped former landfill southwest of downtown Dallas.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

 

Hawk & Rude analyze Simpson, Woods

In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts size up Webb Simpson's runaway Players victory and examine Tiger Woods' latest performance in a week long on distance and short on drama.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Short Par 4 will begin shipping its Tour Experience orders on May 20, the company announced. The boxed orders include apparel, accessories and gear from the Rickie Fowler and Wesley Bryan collections.

 

Voting has opened for the 2018 Annika Award, according to the Annika Foundation. In its fifth year, the Annika Award recognizes the outstanding female collegiate golfer in a vote of players, coaches and golf media. Ballots may be cast through May 23 at www.annikaaward.com/voting-ballot.

 

Cordillera Ranch’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Course has moved up to No. 4 in the Dallas Morning News Texas Golf 2018 ranking of the state’s top courses. Cordillera Ranch, in Boerne, is listed as the top course in the Hill Country/San Antonio/Austin region, according to the rankings.

 


CALENDAR
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.

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.


      
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