FRIDAY  | MAY 25, 2018
by Mike Purkey

To say that we should have seen this coming is also to say that professional golfers never have had better chances to make a pile of money. At the Players Championship, the purse was $11 million and the winner, Webb Simpson, picked up a check for $1.98 million. As big as that sounds, the winner of next month’s U.S. Open will earn more. At last year’s Open, Brooks Koepka was paid $2.16 million of a $12 million purse.

Yet, as with all professional sports, there is never any such thing as too much money. Which is why something called the World Golf Series has been hatched. Reportedly in the works for more than a year, the proposal calls for 15-20 tournaments yearly, each with a purse of “close to” $20 million.

 



by Alex Miceli

Curveballs are part of life. When one comes your way, the ability to handle it and not whiff is the key.

For Peter Lonard, 50, the spinner came with the birth of a baby daughter, Yvonne, eight months ago in his hometown of Sydney, Australia.

 


Signs of spring: Birds and NCAA turtles

I had a nest of robins outside my window that learned how to fly during the time it took some of these women at the NCAA Division I tournament to play a shot(“Keeping score,” May 24). Wow.

Let's eliminate the coaches’ access to the players while they are playing. That really slows the matches down to an agonizing pace.

 


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Score made by American Josh Teater on the 141-yard par-3 14th hole, his fifth of the day, en route to a share of the first-round lead in the Web.com Tour’s Nashville Golf Open at Nashville Golf and Athletic Club in Brentwood, Tenn. Teater used a 9-iron for the ace and shot 7-under 65 to tie Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz and American Lanto Griffin. Country singer Jake Owen, an amateur playing on a sponsor exemption, struggled to an 86 that included three balls out of bounds and a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 18th, his ninth hole of the day (scores).

 


Announced: By the LPGA, that BMW Group Korea will sponsor a tournament on the women’s tour in South Korea in October 2019. The tournament will be played at LPGA International Busan, the women’s tour’s first facility outside of the U.S. The LPGA already plays two events in South Korea as part of the tour’s seven-tournament Asia Swing in the fall. BMW, the German automaker, also sponsors the BMW Championship on the PGA Tour and two events on the European Tour.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which is being played this week at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., is offering new onsite experiences for spectators. Among the upgrades: a drawing for a $5,000 shopping spree of KitchenAid appliances, upgraded spectator pavilions at the 11th, 16th and 17thholes, numerous food trucks and access to products from southwest Michigan wineries, breweries and distilleries.

 

Provision Events is helping golf fans improve their experience with three activities this week at the BMW PGA Championship at Virginia Water, England. In the fan village at Wentworth Club, Provision Events is staging a skills challenge, display of the Ryder Cup and a 100-foot putting challenge.

 

Traditions Club and Community in Bryan, Texas, announced that its Jack Nicklaus-designed course has risen 17 spots, to No. 28, in the Dallas Morning News’ rankings of the state’s best layouts. Traditions, a private golf and residential development and home to Texas A&M’s men’s and women’s teams, is the highest-rated university-affiliated course in Texas. 

 


CALENDAR
May 24-26
Symetra Tour: Valley Forge Invitational

Raven’s Claw GC, Pottstown, Pa.

May 24-27
PGA Tour: Fort Worth Invitational
Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
LPGA: PGA Volvik Championship

Travis Pointe CC, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Champions: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

GC at Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor, Mich.

Web.com Tour: Nashville Golf Open

Nashville Golf and Athletic Club, Brentwood, Tenn.

European Tour: BMW PGA Championship

Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, England


      
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