MONDAY  | AUGUST 27, 2018
by John Hawkins

Folks here call it the Connecticut peace sign, a slightly modified version of the popular, 1960s original – we don’t bother using the index finger. A lovable South African giant named Ernie Els was making his first visit to the tri-state area back in 1994 to play in the PGA Tour stop at Westchester Country Club.

Young Els and his wife, Liezl, were stunned by the pace and intensity of the highway traffic, and when the Big Easy realized he was about to miss the exit to the golf course, he panicked and made a sudden lane change.

 



by Alex Miceli

The business of golf is ever changing, with one of the major transitions happening inside the ropes.

During the past five years or so, sponsorship and endorsement deals by golf equipment companies have not dried up but have changed the amount of money that touring pros receive. If a player is not in the top 30 of the Official World Golf Ranking, his earning power through endorsements by equipment companies is limited, at best.

 


Golf, rasslin’ and racin’: What’s the difference?
Ted Bishop writes: “Some PGA members will say that appointing [Seth] Waugh as CEO merely means that the PGA will become more corporate and less member-focused. The same critics will say that a PGA member should be hired for the CEO position. In all due respect, the PGA of America has outgrown that notion. It’s a $200 million-a-year business, and it needs a businessman to run the organization.” (“PGA’s hiring of Waugh would be bold step,” Aug. 24).

This sums it up in a nutshell. Professional golf is now no different than professional wrestling or auto racing. It's an entertainment business and has nothing in common with folks who enjoy going out for a round of golf with family, friends or business associates.

 


2

Number of victories this season for Bryson DeChambeau, who won the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust, the first of four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments. DeChambeau, 24, who won the Memorial Tournament in June, shot 2-under 69 on Sunday for an 18-under 266 total and four-stroke victory at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. Tony Finau (68) placed second at 14-under 270. It was DeChambeau’s third career victory. The low 100 in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for this week’s Dell Technologies Championship, which will be played Friday through Monday at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. (scores).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Short Par 4 will produce logoed apparel and accessories during this week’s Playgolfmyrtlebeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Short Par 4, a box-subscription service that ships apparel and accessories to golfers, also will exhibit at the 72-hole event, which will be held Aug. 28-31 and include 3,000-plus players at more than 60 courses along the Grand Strand.

 


CALENDAR
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

August 30 - September 2
Web.com Tour: DAP Championship

Canterbury GC, Beachwood, Ohio

Symetra Tour: Sioux Falls GreatLife Challenge

Willow Run GC, Sioux Falls, S.D.

LPGA: Cambia Portland Classic

Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Ore.

European Tour: Made in Denmark

Silkeborg Ry GC, Aarhus, Denmark

August 31 - September 2
Champions: Shaw Charity Classic

Canyon Meadows GC, Calgary, Alberta

August 31 - September 3
PGA Tour: Dell Technologies Championship

TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.


      
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