TUESDAY  | AUGUST 28, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

FedEx Cup points always have been golf’s equivalent of debentures: hard to understand and not remotely interesting.

I used to feel sorry for Golf Channel’s Steve Sands when the cameras turned to him for a FedEx Cup points update during the season-ending Tour Championship. FedEx Cup points were a Rubik’s Cube that didn’t sit still, and Sands arm-wrestled the numbers as well as anyone could.

 



by Mike Purkey

On the one hand, having four captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup team is the best of all possible worlds. You have dozens of players from whom to choose and the luxury of picking hot players coming into the competition.

However, the other edge of the sword is just as sharp. Do you choose experience over youth? Or do you want a fresh face without scar tissue? And if you make the wrong choices and they don’t perform and you lose, then you get shredded.

 


It’s all about the money
I rarely agree with John Hawkins (too much Tiger Woods), but with only one Woods lapse, his article on the FedEx Cup playoffs was spot on (“Playoff buzz fades in a New York minute,” Aug. 27).

Those playoffs always have been about money. That has been the dominant playoff hype. By contrast, in virtually every other PGA Tour event, the focus is on the title and glory of the victory. As evidence, have you ever noticed that there is rarely any comment on the winner’s purse, nor is it made easy to locate the final payouts?

 


Withdrew: Rickie Fowler, from this week’s Dell Technologies Championship, citing a pulled abdomen, according to PGATour.com. Fowler hasn’t played since three weeks ago, when he tied for 12th in the PGA Championship. He also pulled out of last week’s Northern Trust, the FedEx Cup playoff opener, citing the same injury. He is 22nd in the FedEx Cup standings. Fowler and Francesco Molinari were the only golfers among the top 100 in the standings expected to miss this week’s play at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. After this week, the top 70 and ties advance to the BMW Championship.

 


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Percentage of respondents who answered “no” to a Morning Read social-media question that asked, “Will you pay to watch the Phil Mickelson-Tiger Woods $9 million winner-take-all match on pay-per-view TV on Nov. 23?” The other answers: 13 percent said “yes,” and 18 percent were “undecided.”

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: The Match ’18
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts find plenty not to like about the Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson pay-per-view match in November, all while sizing up Mickelson’s dwindling chances of making the U.S. Ryder Cup team.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Bridgestone Golf congratulated Bryson DeChambeau on his victory Sunday at the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust tournament. DeChambeau played Bridgestone Golf’s Tour B X ball and wore the company’s Tour B Fit glove.

 

Srixon set the scheduled launch of the 2018 Z Series of woods and irons for Sept. 14 in North America, the company announced. Prices will be $499.99 for the Z 785 driver, $249.99 for the Z F85 fairway woods and $229.99 for the Z H85 hybrids.

 

Sailfish Point, a 532-acre oceanfront community on Hutchinson Island on Florida’s Treasure Coast, reported nearly $69 million in sales during fiscal 2017. Property sales averaged $1.53 million per home at Sailfish Point, which offers waterfront access to the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River and St. Lucie Inlet. The community features a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.

 

Troon has opened an office in Irvine, Calif., to accommodate regional growth, the management company announced. Troon and its subsidiaries operate 32 facilities in California, Oregon and Washington.

 

Nippon Shaft congratulated the winner of the LPGA’s CP Women’s Open and the runner-up at the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust for their use of the company’s equipment. The CP Women’s Open winner used the N.S. Pro Modus Tour 105 S flex steel shafts in her irons and the N.S. Pro Modus Wedge 115 steel shafts in her wedges. The Northern Trust runner-up used the N.S. Pro Modus Tour 120 TX steel shafts in his irons and the N.S. Pro Modus Tour 120 X steel shafts in his wedges.

 

Global Value Commerce, which operates an e-commerce platform for new and used golf gear, has added another option to its U-try club trial program at GlobalGolf.com. Full iron sets from Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Ping, TaylorMade and Titleist are available.

 

Sea Pines Resort announced its Getaway Package for Sept. 8 through March 1 at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Options include golf, tennis and biking at the resort, with prices starting at $136 per night.

 

Reynolds Lake Oconee announced two instruction programs at its Reynolds Kingdom of Golf facility at the Greensboro, Ga., resort. This autumn, Reynolds Lake Oconee will offer the Energize and Short-Game Solutions programs. Energize consists of two half-day morning workshops totaling six hours of instruction, priced at $1,099. The Short-Game Solutions program teaches scoring skills for 12 hours in a two-day program, priced at $1,499.

 


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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