TUESDAY  | AUGUST 21, 2018
by John Hawkins

Rickie Fowler has all the qualities you could ask for in a PGA Tour pro. He’s smart, approachable, humble and handsome, a guy who seems to appreciate the bounty of good fortune bestowed upon him. Pro golf may have its share of narcissists and complainers, but Fowler clearly is neither. If you don’t like Li’l Rickie, that’s your problem.

Easy to root for, hard to figure. Fowler’s quest to become one of the game’s elite players hasn’t gone as expected. Four PGA Tour victories in 211 career starts testifies to a lack of progress during his nine seasons in the big leagues. A highly touted collegiate player at Oklahoma State, a Walker Cup hero before age 21, Fowler almost won a tour event before earning full-time status.


by Jeff Babineau

Did you see who tumbled out of the top eight on the European Ryder Cup side on Sunday? Englishman Ian Poulter, who was bumped by Dane Thorbjorn Olesen. Do you know who is as sure of a lock as death and taxes to be on that European side at Le Golf National outside Paris next month? 

That’s right, Ian James Poulter.


Mislabeled as Web.com Tour Finals
The Web.com Tour Finals are misnamed because the series has nothing to do with the Web.com Tour. The Web.com Tour ended Sunday, period.

First off, the Web.com Tour Finals are composed of half of the field who were PGA Tour players for the entire year and had nothing to do with the Web.com Tour and the other half who don't want to have anything to do ever again with the Web.com Tour.


Withdrew: From this week’s Northern Trust, Henrik Stenson, citing an injured left elbow. Stenson is the fifth player to withdraw from the 125-man tournament, the first of four FedEx Cup playoff events, which does not have an alternate list (tee times). Bud Cauley (recovering from June auto accident) and Rickie Fowler (abdomen muscle) also cited injuries, and Rory McIlroy (rest) and Patrick Rodgers (attending a wedding) are out for other reasons.



Position in the Rolex Rankings for South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park, who improved from No. 4 after winning the LPGA’s recent Indy Women in Tech Championship. Park, 24, a four-time winner on the LPGA, was No. 1 in the world for one week in November 2017. She bumped Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn to second.



PGA Golf Club will play host to the fourth annual Red, White and You charity golf event Dec. 9 at the resort in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Proceeds will benefit PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), the primary military program of the PGA of America’s charitable foundation. The event is open to all and priced for the general public at $110, which includes golf, breakfast, lunch and prizes. The price is $85 for PGA professionals and active or retired military members.


Missy Carter has been hired as the director of sales and marketing at The Saticoy Club in Somis, Calif., the club announced. Carter recently led the membership and marketing efforts at Valencia (Calif.) Country Club. Saticoy, founded in 1921, features a William F. Bell-designed golf course.


Bridgestone Golf congratulated Brandt Snedeker for his victory Sunday in the Wyndham Championship, highlighted by a first-round 59 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Snedeker played a variety of Bridgestone equipment: Tour B X ball, Tour B JGR prototype driver, J15 cavity-back irons (4-PW), J40 48-degree wedge and J15 Black Oxide wedges (52 and 56 degrees).


Nippon Shaft reported victories on two major professional tours from the past weekend. On the European Tour, the winner of the Nordea Masters played Nippon’s N.S. Pro Modus Tour 105 steel shafts in his irons. On the LPGA, the winner of the Indy Women in Tech Championship played Nippon’s N.S. Pro 950 GH steel shafts in her irons and the N.S. Pro Modus Wedge 105 shafts in her wedges.


Arcis Golf has assumed operation of Weston Hills Country Club in Weston, Fla., the management company announced. Weston Hills features two 18-hole courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.


Short Par 4 introduced the Klay Thompson Collection of items selected by the shooting guard of the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors. Short Par 4 is a golf-inspired box-subscription service that ships branded apparel, footwear and accessories.


August 21-24
Men’s amateur: Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur

Victoria (British Columbia) GC

August 23-26
PGA Tour: Northern Trust

Ridgewood CC, Paramus, N.J.

LPGA: CP Women’s Open

Wascana CC, Regina, Saskatchewan

European Tour: D+D Real Czech Masters

Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic

Web.com Tour: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Ohio State GC (Scarlet), Columbus, Ohio

August 24-26
Champions: Boeing Classic

The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

August 25-30
Men’s amateur: U.S. Senior Amateur

Eugene (Ore.) CC

August 28-30
Women’s amateur: Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior

Lookout Point CC, Fonthill, Ontario

August 29 - September 1
Women’s amateur: Women’s World Amateur Team

Carton House GC, Maynooth, Ireland

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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