THURSDAY  | AUGUST 30, 2018
by Jeff Babineau

Pat Perez makes his home in Arizona, and through the years has become friends with a handful of pro baseball players. There’s something about those guys that leaves Perez a bit envious.

“They play games at 7 p.m.,” he said. “Man, for me, that would be phenomenal.”

 



by Gary Van Sickle

Who’s No. 1 in golf today?

Does it matter? I mean, who hasn’t been No. 1? It’s on seemingly everyone’s resume.

 


A PGA Tour playoff plan that makes sense
The PGA Tour still can't get it right when it comes to the FedEx Cup playoffs. Gary Van Sickle described the Tour's proposed version where the Tour Championship will feature a "staggered start" in terms of strokes (“Finally, Tour playoffs that make sense,” Aug. 28). This is like giving the team with the better record a 7-0 lead to start the Super Bowl.

Come on, PGA Tour: Make this simple. Here's how you can do it: Start with 75, not 125, in the first playoff event (although those ranked 76-125 still would retain their cards). Take the top 50 and ties to the second playoff event, and the top 25 and ties, including the first playoff event winner, to the Tour Championship. The winner of that event is the FedEx Cup champion.

 


1.6

Percentage decline in U.S. rounds played in July, compared with the same month a year ago, according to Golf Datatech’s National Golf Rounds Played Report. For the first seven months of 2018, U.S. rounds played were down 2.9 percent from the same period last year. The Mid-Atlantic states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania led the slide in July, with rounds played down 8.5 percent from the same month in 2017. In the Mountain region, play was up 4 percent from a year ago, led by increases in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

 


Proposed: By Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that all sports leagues be involved in determining acceptable wagers at sportsbooks, which he said should use only official league data to determine bets. The outline was first reported by Darren Rovell of ESPN.com.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss Bryson DeChambeau, who recently won his second tournament of the PGA Tour season, the Northern Trust. Also, they preview this week’s Dell Technologies Championship and examine the PGA of America’s choice for CEO, Seth Waugh. Feature interview: David Feaser, CEO of PeakVision Sunglasses.


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

Honours Golf, a division of Troon, has been hired to manage Eagle Landing at Oakleaf Plantation in Orange Park, Fla. Honours Golf will manage all aspects of the golf operations, including agronomy, retail, food and beverage, at the semi-private club

 

The Powder Horn Golf Club will begin a bunker-renovation project this fall on its Stag and Eagle courses, the Sheridan, Wyo., club announced. The project is expected to be completed by early in the next golf season.

 


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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