by Gary Van Sickle

The genie is out of the bottle again.

This time it’s green-reading technology. It’s ironic that the USGA and R&A, golf’s governing bodies, picked Tuesday to announce their plans to limit the green-reading materials that players can use in an effort to retain the art and skill of reading greens. I just finished testing a new phone app that scans a green and tells you exactly how much break to play on a putt and how much you’re going uphill or downhill. It worked stunningly well, and I enjoyed using it for four holes, especially when I holed a couple of longer putts.


by John Gordon

No love for the glove?

The premise for this article had its nascence in a casual post-golf conversation where, it was observed, it seemed that fewer and fewer players wear a glove. I decided to follow up. (For the record, I haven’t worn a glove in about 20 years and have full-cord grips.)


A search for meaning behind Bevacqua’s move
There has been a lot written about Pete Bevacqua leaving the PGA of America for NBC Sports (“Bevacqua’s exit leaves questions for PGA,” July 25); (“PGA needs CEO who matters to members,” July 26); (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 26, July 27, July 30, July 31). But if you connect some dots, there might be a bigger story here. 

Before 1968, there was no PGA Tour, only the PGA of America. Tour players had to be members of the PGA of America in order to play in events. (There were some loopholes that allowed golfers such as Jack Nicklaus to play.) In 1968, what is now the PGA Tour broke away from the PGA of America to run on its own. Much has been written about the incredible fiscal success of this breakaway not-for-profit group over the last 50 years. 


Disclosed: By the family of Jarrod Lyle, that the former PGA Tour player will not seek further cancer treatment and has been placed in palliative care in his native Australia. Lyle, 36, a two-time winner on the former Nationwide Tour, has struggled with acute myeloid leukemia since being diagnosed last year. Lyle endured two previous prolonged bouts with leukemia, dating to when he was a teen. He underwent a stem-cell transplant last year but recently lost his vision as the disease progressed. Lyle posted five top-10 finishes in 121 career starts on the PGA Tour, dating to 2006. According to, palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, with a goal of improving the quality of live for the patient and family.



Percentage decline in rounds played in June in the U.S., compared with the same month last year, according to Golf Datatech’s National Golf Rounds Played Report. Play at public-access facilities in June was off 1.1 percent, and rounds declined 1.8 percent at private facilities. For the year, play has declined 3.3 percent from the first six months of 2017, marked by similar drops at public-access (3.2 percent) and private (3.7 percent) courses. Much of the Pacific Coast region is bucking the national trend, with rounds played for the first six months of 2018 up 7.8 percent. Among the areas leading the growth: Portland, Ore., (20 percent), San Francisco/Oakland (17.1 percent) and Seattle (14.2 percent).



Apparel maker Galvin Green launched its Edge capsule collection for golfers. The urban-inspired line is designed for wear on and off the course and includes bomber jackets, polo shirts, sweatshirts and bandanas. The apparel will be available at select golf shops and at


Members of Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club recently approved a $6 million renovation to the club on Biscayne Bay in Coral Gables, Fla. The first phase, centered on the 30,000-sqaure-foot clubhouse, is scheduled to begin in the spring and be completed by December 2019.


July 30 - August 2
Junior boys: Canadian Junior Boys Championship

Medicine Hat (Alberta) G&CC

July 31 - August 3
Junior girls: Canadian Junior Girls Championship

Beach Grove GC, Tsawwassen, British Columbia

Junior boys: Boys Junior PGA Championship

Valhalla GC, Louisville, Ky.

July 31 - August 4
Men’s amateur: Western Amateur

Sunset Ridge CC, Northfield, Ill.

August 2-5
European Tour: Fiji International

Natadola Bay GC, Natadola, Fiji

LPGA: Ricoh Women’s British Open

Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Lytham, England

PGA Tour: Barracuda Championship

Montreux GC, Reno, Nev.

PGA Tour: WGC Bridgestone Invitational

Firestone CC (South), Akron, Ohio Tour: KC Golf Classic

Nicklaus GC at LionsGate, Overland Park, Kan.

August 3-5
Champions: 3M Championship

TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.

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