WEDNESDAY  | JULY 25, 2018
by Alex Miceli

Once in a while, something develops that produces genuine shock.

Well, that happened Tuesday when the PGA of America announced that Pete Bevacqua is resigning as chief executive officer to become NBC Sports Group’s president. His resignation is effective Aug. 13, the day after the PGA Championship.

 



by Gary Van Sickle

Tiger Woods knew he needed to birdie the British Open’s 72nd hole as he stood on Carnoustie’s 18th tee in Sunday’s final round to have any hope of winning. And he knew Francesco Molinari needed to make a bogey.

A good tee shot could leave Woods with nothing more than some kind of wedge for an approach and a good birdie opportunity.  Then, in mid-swing, just as Woods was starting his forward motion, a spectator loudly yelled some kind of inanity (video). Woods’ hand came off the club’s shaft on his follow-through, and he immediately turned toward the gallery behind him and angrily exclaimed, “No! What are you doing?”

 


by Alex Miceli

For many golfers, the links game is an acquired taste. They don’t celebrate upon watching a ball run out 100 yards. Any smile dissipates in a hurry when a seemingly perfect drive finds a pot bunker that was unseen from the tee.

That was how it was for Bernhard Langer when he first played the Old Course at St. Andrews in 1978, missing the cut at his second British Open.

 


NBC’s telecast fails to take the cake
I wonder how many shots are played during one hour of the British Open. The number shown by NBC/Golf Channel in an hour is shameful (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 23).

The networks need to improve their playing average considerably.

 


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Number of consecutive years that Jhonattan Vegas has won the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open. Vegas, 33, a Venezuelan, owns only one other PGA Tour title, the 2011 Bob Hope Classic. He will seek to become the first player to win three consecutive Canadian Open titles when play begins Thursday at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. Leo Diegel won four Canadian Opens in the 1920s, and Lee Trevino won the title three times in the 1970s. The last player to win the same event three consecutive years on the PGA Tour was Steve Stricker, at the 2009-11 John Deere Classic (tee times).

 


Disclosed: By Graham DeLaet, that he will miss at least 6-12 more months on the PGA Tour to undergo back surgery. DeLaet, 36, of Canada, has not played since October as he tried stem-cell injections and a non-surgical approach to address his lingering back pain. He said on Twitter that the targeted lower-back area of his L4-L5 disks “has gotten worse since the procedure.” DeLaet, a three-time winner on the Canadian Tour who joined the PGA Tour in 2010, also missed most of the 2011 season with back issues.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Youth on Course, a non-profit organization that helps provide youngsters with subsidized golf and other benefits, announced that it has increased partnerships with state and regional golf associations by 120 percent in the past 18 months. This year, more than 40,000 members are projected to complete 115,000 rounds of golf at 900-plus courses in 26 states.

 

Cordillera Ranch in Boerne, Texas, has promoted Marc DeWall to the golf course community’s general manager. DeWall had been the director of golf at Cordillera Ranch, which features a Jack Nicklaus Signature course, since 2006. DeWall is a former winner of the golf professional of the year award in the Southern Texas PGA Section and a two-time president of the section.

 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and Golf Digest magazine have revamped their awards honoring environmental stewardship in golf. The Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards will recognize more superintendents in more focused areas of environmental sustainability. Applications for the 2018 ELGAs will be open Aug. 1-Sept. 30.

 


CALENDAR
July 24-27
Women’s amateur: Canadian Women’s Amateur

Marine Drive GC, Vancouver, B.C.

Men’s amateur: Pacific Coast Amateur

Olympic Club, San Francisco

July 25-28
Women’s amateur: European Ladies Amateur

Penati Golf Resort, Senica, Slovakia

July 26-29
European Tour: Porsche European Open

Green Eagle GC, Hamburg, Germany

Web.com Tour: Price Cutter Charity Championship

Highland Springs CC, Springfield, Mo.

LPGA: Ladies Scottish Open

Gullane (Scotland) GC

Champions: Senior British Open

St. Andrews (Old Course), Scotland

PGA Tour: RBC Canadian Open

Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario

July 27-29
Symetra Tour: Fuccillo Kia Classic of N.Y.

Capital Hills at Albany (N.Y.)


      
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