MONDAY  | JULY 9, 2018
by John Hawkins

The idea of an 18-hole challenge match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson has been brewing for several months now, albeit on a back burner, since the two men hooked up for a practice round at the Masters and were paired together at the Players five weeks later. All had gone quiet until Mickelson recently told’s Alan Shipnuck that a nationally televised, July 3 meeting for $10 million in Las Vegas couldn’t be finalized.

“We’re working on a different date,” Mickelson said last week. “I thought it was done for the third, but obviously it wasn’t.”


by Len Ziehm

Golf-wise, this little community on the outskirts of the Mississippi River towns of Moline and Rock Island in Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa is a phenomenon. A PGA Tour event has been played here every year since 2000, and the entire area known as the Quad Cities has commanded a tournament for 47 consecutive years.

The PGA Tour doesn’t seek out markets the size of the Quad Cities. It’s just too small, but the circuit is lucky to have it on its annual schedule. No community has been more supportive of the pro golf tour than the Quad Cities. As proof, note that the John Deere Classic, which tees off Thursday at TPC Deere Run, was the circuit’s Tournament of the Year in 2016, is a six-time winner of the Most Engaged Community award and has won the Best Social Media Activation award for the past three years.


Setting the record straight on the rules

Sorry to say, but too many of your writers simply don't understand the Rules of Golf.

First was Gary Van Sickle saying Phil Mickelson “should” have been disqualified from the U.S. Open, never mind that the USGA rules committee, made up of the foremost rules experts in the world, made the correct call (“Mickelson’s legacy: ‘Slappy Philmore’,” June 22).

Now we have Mike Purkey claiming that Jimmy Walker not marking his ball before another player chips up to the hole is against the rules (“To many pros mock golf’s rules,” July 4). Purkey cites Rule 22-1, which states, "In stroke play, if the Committee determines that competitors have agreed not to lift a ball that might assist any competitor, they are disqualified.”



Number of career top-10 finishes on the Tour for Nelson Ledesma, who posted a two-stroke victory Sunday in the Lecom Health Challenge. Ledesma, 27, of Argentina, a rookie on the developmental tour, shot 5-under 67 in the final round at Peek’n Peak Resort in Clymer, N.Y., for a 22-under 266 total and two-stroke victory. American Kyle Jones (69) and Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz (70) shared second at 20-under 268. Ledesma won twice in six seasons on the Latinoamerica Tour before playing his way onto the Tour (scores).



Alan Stuessy has been named course superintendent at The Reserve in Indian Wells, Calif., the club announced.  Stuessy had held a similar position at PGA West’s Stadium and Jack Nicklaus Tournament courses in nearby La Quinta since 2009.


July 9-12
Junior girls: Girls Junior PGA Championship

Kearney Hill Golf Links, Lexington, Ky.

July 9-13
Women’s amateur: Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur

Palouse Ridge GC, Pullman, Wash.

Women’s amateur: North and South Women’s Amateur

Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort (No. 2)

July 9-14
Men’s amateur: Pacific Northwest Amateur

The Home Course, DuPont, Wash.

July 10-13
Juniors boys/girls: Junior World

Torrey Pines GC, San Diego

Men’s amateur: Trans-Mississippi Championship

Brookside G&CC, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s amateur: Women’s Trans National Amateur

Peach Tree GC, Marysville, Calif.

July 12-14
Symetra Tour: Donald Ross Classic

French Lick (Ind.) Resort

July 12-15
European Tour: Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open

Gullane (Scotland) GC

Champions: Constellation Senior Players Championship

Exmoor CC, Highland Park, Ill.

Men’s amateur: Players Amateur

Berkeley Hall Club, Bluffton, S.C.

LPGA: Marathon Classic

Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, Ohio Tour: Utah Championship

Oakridge CC, Farmington, Utah

PGA Tour: John Deere Classic

TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.

Women’s pro: U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Chicago GC, Wheaton, Ill.

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