FRIDAY  | AUGUST 3, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Jason Day had an impish grin when he stepped in front of a microphone adjacent to the familiar Firestone Country Club clubhouse to chat with a gaggle of reporters. He’d just shot 65, a good score on the vaunted South Course no matter how easy it might be playing – and it played easy Thursday morning.

But he had just walked 18 holes paired with Tiger Woods. So, he knew what came next.

 



by Alex Miceli

At this week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational, virtually all of the players are wearing a yellow ribbon in support of Jarrod Lyle. He has competed at the game’s highest level but ultimately has been unable to beat his toughest foe: cancer.

Lyle, 36, a former PGA Tour player from Australia, has lived with the diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia since he was 17, but he always found a way around the disease. This week, his wife, Bri, announced on social media that her husband was stopping treatment and starting palliative care.

 


by Adam Schupak

It's the end of an era and the dawn of a new day for the 3M Championship. While Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, is saying goodbye to the flatbellies at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, this week marks the 26th and final trip for the roundbellies to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

In June, the PGA Tour and 3M announced a seven-year agreement for a tournament to be held in Minnesota, beginning in 2019. When the 2018-19 schedule came out, it revealed the 3M Open will be hosted at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine on July 4-7 (“PGA Tour’s 2018-19 season: Less is more,” July 11).

 


This year’s World’s Largest Golf Outing (WLGO) – a national event on Monday, August 6 benefitting Fisher House Foundation – is less than one week away with player registration and charity donations in high gear. This annual charitable golf tournament conceived by Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of Billy Casper Golf, brings together players from across the country to "golf for good." Hosting courses and participating players are working hard to raise money for Fisher House Foundation to help reach the national goal of $1 million. So far, over 4,000 players have raised more than $180,000, including more than $30,000 raised by the top 10 teams.

 


Offer help rather than seek vengeance
I believe there is another issue to be discussed regarding whether PGA of America president Paul Levy should be fired or not (“L.A. pro to PGA: Clean up Levy mess,” Aug. 2).

I'm concerned that the level of repercussion for human error is more vengeful than just. Why must a person lose his livelihood for a moment of error, especially one that is able to be rehabilitated? Is the public image of the PGA of America so delicate that former president Ted Bishop and Levy must be fired, rather than use their errors as a steppingstone to address their respective issues, both in the PGA and golf in general?

 


Scheduled: The long-rumored money match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, for Thanksgiving weekend at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, according to ESPN. The made-for-TV match would be played Nov. 23 or 24 and be worth a reported $10 million from an unnamed sponsor in a winner-take-all format.

 



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Number of top-10 finishes this season, including one victory, for Australia’s Minjee Lee, who held the first-round lead in the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Lee, 22, a four-time winner on the LPGA who is seeking her first major championship, shot 7-under 65 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in England. Japan’s Mamiko Higa stood second at 66 (scores).

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

LPGA player Danielle Kang will endorse Lamkin grips and play the company’s products, the manufacturer announced. Kang, winner of the 2017 Women’s PGA, will be Lamkin’s first female representative, the company said. She signed an undisclosed multiyear contract and will work with Lamkin officials to customize her grips, according to the company.

 

Chris Eaton has been named as the director of business development for golf by Inntopia, the company announced. Inntopia connects software systems that manage various businesses, including golf resorts.

 

Fans attending next week’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis will be able to have their photos taken with lifesize, digital images of Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood. Omega, which sponsors the PGA Tour veterans, will set up “selfie walls” as part of an interactive photo display.

 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has assumed leadership of First Green, the GCSAA announced. First Green promotes a program centered on golf courses as environmental learning labs for students in middle and high school.

 

Santa Ana Country Club in San Jose, Costa Rica, has selected Troon to oversee operations, the management company announced. Troon Privé, the private-club-operating division of Troon, will handle operations at Santa Ana, which is scheduled to open in the next six months as a non-golf club with aquatics, racket sports and other activities.

 

Golftec announced its annual Crush It sale, with a 20-percent discount on the company’s lessons, evaluations, fittings and other programs. The sale runs through August at centers in the U.S. and Canada.

 

Ahead will debut its men's and women's spring apparel this month at the PGA Fashion and Demo Experience in Las Vegas. The Ahead line for men and the Kate Lord line for women will emphasize vibrant colors in apparel designed for on and off the golf course.

 


CALENDAR
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

Web.com 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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