FRIDAY  | AUGUST 31, 2018
by Bill Fields

Among multimillionaire golfers or those nearly so, pressure is, of course, a relative thing. Having your season end a couple of weeks early sure isn’t like someone on the way up playing for a hundred bucks when all he has in his pocket is some lint and a couple of tees.

Loitering around a ranking bubble of one sort or another – as players are at the Dell Technologies Championship in the second event of the PGA Tour playoffs (tee times) – sure isn’t the worst place to be. Life can get better, depending on what happens this weekend and at the upcoming BMW Championship and Tour Championship. But make or miss, life is going to continue quite nicely for anyone who is laboring on Labor Day at TPC Boston or, for that matter, who packs up early Saturday evening after missing the cut.

 



Use match play to decide Tour Championship
I agree with Mark Harman (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 30) that the PGA Tour is making the playoffs concept far too confusing, and that the Tour should reduce the number of players eligible to win a season-long title.

But let's examine another concept, one that would make for better TV but is still based on traditional tournament golf (instead of head starts or naming two winners).

 


1-2-3

FedEx Cup ranking of the three players – Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, respectively – in the 9:03 a.m. pairing today off the 10th tee in the PGA Tour’s Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. The tournament, which concludes on Labor Day, is the second of four consecutive playoff events (tee times).

 


Appointed: Elaine Ratcliffe, as captain of Great Britain and Ireland’s 2020 Curtis Cup team, the R&A announced. Ratcliffe, of Sandbach, England, played for GB&I’s winning Curtis Cup team in 1996 against America’s top female amateurs. The 2020 Curtis Cup will be played June 12-14 at Conwy (Wales) Club.

 



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

Kapalua Golf has appointed Andrew Rebman as the director of agronomy at the resort in Maui, Hawaii. Rebman recently served as director of agronomy at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. Kapalua features the Plantation Course, site of the PGA Tour’s annual Sentry Tournament of Champions, and the Bay Course. The Plantation Course, a Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw design, is scheduled to undergo renovations after January’s TOC.

 

Golf Life Navigators has added three Arizona facilities to its list of clubs. Briarwood Country Club in Sun City, the Country Club of Green Valley and Wickenburg Golf Club joined the GLN network. Golf Life Navigators connects consumers looking to purchase a golf club membership.

 

The Club at Tartan Fields has adopted a new name to emphasize that the facility in Dublin, Ohio, offers more than golf. In addition to its 1998 Arnold Palmer Design golf course, the former Tartan Fields Golf Club offers tennis, swimming and fitness, and it caters to special events and weddings. The club, an Arcis Golf property, also is undergoing a $2.1 million clubhouse renovation.

 


CALENDAR
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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