THURSDAY  | AUGUST 23, 2018
by Adam Barr

PARAMUS, N.J. – By their food and their games shall ye know them, say students of world cultures. Not one to buck sage advice, I am sitting with four of South Korea’s best male golfers at a picnic table by the 15th hole at Ridgewood Country Club in this over-the-Hudson-River suburb of New York. We are eating dak kang jung, chili-pepper-laden chunks of lightly breaded chicken.

These players – Sung Kang, Si Woo Kim, Whee Kim and Byeong Hun An (known as Ben) – have 11 worldwide victories among them. Kang, 30, is the oldest. Si Woo Kim, 23, won the Players Championship in 2017. They gathered at midday Wednesday, the day before the first round of the Northern Trust (tee times), the first of four FedEx Cup playoff events, to sign autographs and chow down on Korean delicacies with their fans.

 



by Mike Purkey

Questions while killing time until the Ryder Cup:

How hot was Brooks Koepka that Tiger Woods got so much more attention than he did? How big is that chip on Koepka’s shoulder?

 


Ho-hum … it’s the playoffs … zzzz
Am I in the minority to have little enthusiasm for the FedEx Cup and to care little of the outcome? (“End of another era for Tour playoffs,” Aug. 20).

The FedEx Cup is touted as a playoff, but players can choose to skip events. Players can win two, maybe even three, of the events and still lose. Showing the current ranking of the player, and projected ranking of the player based on his current score, doesn’t stir much excitement in me, either.

 


Set: The winner-take-all match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, for $9 million on Nov. 23 at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, Woods confirmed via Twitter. After his pro-am round Wednesday at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., site of this week’s Northern Trust, Mickelson tweeted to Woods: “I bet you think this is the easiest $9M you will ever make.” According to the Associated Press, Warner Media has secured rights for a pay-per-view event that it is promoting as “The Match.” The price has not been disclosed.

 


2

Number of players to make their Champions Tour debuts at this week’s Boeing Classic. Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke, who turned 50 on Aug. 14, and American Chris DiMarco, who turns 50 today, won three times apiece on the PGA Tour. They will play with Fred Couples, a Seattle native, in the 12:30 p.m. pairing Friday at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie, Wash. (tee times).

 



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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Youth on Course, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing subsidized golf to youngsters, has entered into an agreement with Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort and Country Club. Youth on Course members can play Pinehurst’s Nos. 1, 3 and 5 courses for $5. The additions expand Youth on Course’s reach to more than 900 properties.

 

The winner of the recent Wyndham Championship, who shot only the 10th round of 59 or better in PGA Tour history, played Lamkin grips, the manufacturer announced. The champion used the Lamkin Crossline model.

 

Short Par 4 congratulated John Chin, a spokesman for the box-subscription service, upon earning a PGA Tour membership card for the 2018-19 season. Short Par 4 ships branded golf apparel and accessories to subscribers.

 


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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