WEDNESDAY  | AUGUST 22, 2018
by Adam Barr

For so long, he has been The Man. Until recently, that distracted us from understanding the man.

Tiger Woods met the media Tuesday morning here at Ridgewood Country Club, venue for this week’s Northern Trust, the first of four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments on the PGA Tour (tee times). Woods, 42, stepped into the shaded quick-quotes area appended to the old stucco clubhouse and confronted what he is trying to do: play golf that is worthy of him for five of the next six weeks. That’s three survive-or-go-home playoff events, then a week off, then the Tour Championship in Atlanta, and finally golf’s most prestigious international cup competition, in which he originally was expected to serve merely as a vice captain.

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER
by Gary Van Sickle

Attention, golf purists. Shield your eyes and look away. Read no further. This means you, U.S. Golf Association and R&A. Another technology bombshell is coming to a green near you.

The USGA and R&A hate the green-reading books that professional players use to line up putts so much that they propose greatly limiting their use. So, the gatekeepers of golf will really hate Golf Scope. It’s a new app that reads putts for you.

 


A toast to the essence of golf
While I can't disagree that Tiger Woods has changed the face of the game in every way and, yes, so notably in terms of the physical conditions of the tour pro. I would however offer that most of the guys I see playing on local pay-as-play courses in no way resemble that type of athlete. And, yes, at many clubs the game is still very much about a “game” and the social aspects related to it (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 20).

I play against the course and myself and play with my friends and family. It's not about the score as much as it is about being active outside, participating in a game/sport that I have decent skills at and equally important playing alongside people whose company I enjoy. I am happy to enjoy a beer while playing and always enjoy a post-round sit-down to socialize.

 


Died: Bunky Henry, a former winner on the PGA Tour, on Aug. 17 from complications during heart surgery, according to the Tour. He was 74. George Walter Henry Jr., nicknamed Bunky by his grandmother, played football at Georgia Tech in the mid-1960s and once held the NCAA record for consecutive extra-point kicks, at 50. Henry compiled a noted amateur record in the 1960s, winning the 1962 Southern Amateur, the 1964 Georgia Amateur and the 1965 Canadian Amateur, among other titles. His lone Tour title was the 1969 National Airlines Open in Miami.

 


1

Number of golfers to have won multiple FedEx Cup titles since the PGA Tour’s playoff series debuted in 2007. Tiger Woods won the 2007 and 2009 playoffs. The 2018 playoffs begin Thursday with the Northern Trust at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. (tee times). Woods is 20th in the FedEx Cup standings.

 



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Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. wrap up Brandt Snedeker’s emotional victory in the PGA Tour’s regular-season finale and this week’s start of the playoffs. Bubka and Randolph explore the four-event postseason. Feature Interview: Could the PGA Tour and PGA of America reunite, 50 years after they split? Ted Bishop, a former PGA president, examines the possibility.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

PeakVision, a first-year sponsor of the World Golf Amateur Championship, intends to fit hundreds of participants during the Aug. 27-31 tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. David Feaser, PeakVision’s chief executive officer, plans to be onsite at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center each evening as part of the post-golf festivities. PeakVision sunglasses will be among the prizes for golfers who win handicap flights.

 

Troon will manage golf operations and the clubhouse food and beverage operations at Chateau Elan Golf Club in Braselton, Ga., the management company announced. Chateau Elan is home to two 18-hole golf courses and a nine-hole par-3 Short Course that are open to resort and daily-fee play.

 

Tom Weiskopf recently visited the Scottish site where he is designing The Feddinch Club, the first course to be built in St. Andrews in 10 years. Weiskopf, the 1973 British Open champion, has designed 65 courses worldwide. The Feddinch Club will be the only private, member-owned club at St. Andrews with its own course.

 

Renovations to the golf course at Boca Lago Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., are nearing completion. The 27-hole complex, originally designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert von Hagge, has been reconfigured by Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design and superintendent George Redshaw. It is expected to be unveiled in November.

 

The Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Rock and Roll Golf Classic will feature celebrities from film, TV, sports and music in its 11th edition. The tournament, to be played Oct. 29 at Moorpark (Calif.) Country Club, will be preceded on Oct. 28 by a concert featuring Medlock and Krieger at Malibu’s Saddlerock Ranch. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

 


CALENDAR
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


      
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