THURSDAY  | MAY 17, 2018
by Dan O'Neill

Maybe it’s true: Anything is possible. Consider the scenario that took place at Westwood Country Club in St. Louis recently. 

Fifty-year-old Howie Sher had played golf his entire life without getting a hole-in-one. On April 29, playing the 123-yard seventh hole at Westwood, Sher landed his 9-iron shot onto the green and watched it disappear into the jar. Yahtzee!

 



Next stop: The bread line

Now every club selection, every blown 3-footer, every legitimate choke job by a player may be subject to second-guessing the player’s action and motive (“Court ruling opens door to golf gambling,” May 15).

Legalized gambling will ruin professional sports, just as professional athletes ruined the Olympics. It’s another bad move by a government hell-bent on generating income from every possible source.

 


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Number of previous starts that Mike Weir has made on the PGA Tour’s main developmental tour, known today as the Web.com Tour. Weir will be playing in this week’s BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greenville, S.C. Weir, who turned 48 on May 12, is entered out of an eligibility category that accommodates current or former PGA Tour members ages 48-49. Weir missed the cut in the 1993 Nike Monterrey Open. Weir, whose eight PGA Tour victories include the 2003 Masters, has earned nearly $28 million in 442 starts on Tour (tee times).

 


Committed: By Tiger Woods, to play the Memorial Tournament, according to an announcement Wednesday. Woods, 42, has won five times at the Memorial, which is Jack Nicklaus’ event at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The Memorial likely will be Woods’ final event before the U.S. Open next month.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Lone Star relaunch

Once upon a time, the Byron Nelson was the first big post-Masters event on the PGA Tour schedule, drawing premium fields in the heart of spring. After some lean years, the tournament gets a fresh start--at a stunning new venue.

 

The Grill Room Golf Show powered by Vertical Groove Golf

How would widespread legal sports gambling in the U.S. affect golf? Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling, and Morning Read's Alex Miceli shares his thoughts on the Vertical Groove Hotline. Also, a preview of AT&T Byron Nelson, and interviews with Michelle Kinder of the Momentous Institute and Steve Mona of the World Golf Foundation.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

 

International Club Suppliers has entered into a strategic partnership with the National Golf Course Owners Association to administer and expand the NGCOA’s Smart Buy Marketplace. ICS is the sales and marketing arm for Entegra Procurement Services.

 


CALENDAR
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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