FRIDAY  | SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

NWhen Tiger Woods stood 3 under par after his first four holes Thursday at Aronimink Golf Club, I considered tweeting something like, “How soon before we start the 59 watch?”

A bunch of Tiger-haters and Internet trolls wouldn’t have gotten the joke, though, so I didn’t. Then Woods was 5 under through seven; then 6 under through nine; then 7 under through 10. Somebody get me the number for 9-1-1! Aronimink plays at par 70 for the BMW Championship this week. The Tiger 59 watch was on.

 



by Jeff Babineau

Wednesday at Aronimink Golf Club was one of those puff-out-your-chest days for the European players on campus. Finally, Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn had filled in the missing pieces in his 12-man Ryder Cup puzzle, opting heavily for experience ahead of the 42nd Ryder Cup in France on Sept. 28-30.

Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia were the names that Bjorn had pulled from his captain’s hat in London. Poulter is a European staple. Stenson was named to his fifth Ryder Cup, a natural partner for Justin Rose. Paul Casey has played on three winning teams and will be competing in his first Ryder Cup in a decade.

 


Furyk would gain ‘cover’ by picking Schauffele
If U.S. captain Jim Furyk picks Xander Schauffele as his 12th man, he can say that he selected the top 12 Ryder Cup qualifiers. That gives him cover for the Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson selections (“Mickelson, Woods win another Ryder shot,” Sept. 5).

Tony Finau may be hot now, but he has only one PGA Tour victory, and a relatively minor one at that. He has had the same avenue as did Schauffele to make the top 12, but he and everyone else didn’t.

 


8

Number of strokes under par for co-leaders Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who shot 62s at the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship on Thursday. Woods made the turn in 6-under 29 after starting his round on the back side at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa. After holing a 13½-foot birdie putt on his 10th hole, the par-4 first, to go 7 under through 10, a “59 watch” was underway. But Woods could manage only two birdies and a bogey on the closing holes. McIlroy, who also started on the back nine, got as low as 9 under through 14 holes before making consecutive bogeys at his 16th and 17th holes. He grabbed a share of the lead with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 ninth. Xander Schauffele, who is on the short list for U.S. captain Jim Furyk’s final selection on the Ryder Cup team, shot 63 to stand alone in third. The BMW Championship is the third of four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments. The top 30 will advance to the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta in two weeks (scores).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Picking on the picks?
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts ponder the at-large selections of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and his counterpart, European skipper Thomas Bjorn.


Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
Bryson DeChambeau, known for his scientific approach to golf and for using single-length clubs, is the hottest golfer on the PGA Tour. Now, he has made the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss the U.S. and European captains’ wild-card picks. Morning Read’s Alex Miceli offers his opinions.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Resort will introduce Shots in the Night, an after-dark golf and entertainment event, beginning Oct. 18. The attraction will be open for public play on Thursday through Saturday from sundown until 10 p.m. Activities include glow golf on the practice range, games on the seven-green putting course, plus a food truck, music and drink specials.

 

The appeal of an active lifestyle, with golf playing a key role, remains important to homebuyers seeking a second residence or retirement home, according to a recent survey by Private Communities Registry. According to PCR, nearly 60 percent of communities in the registry’s database offer golf as an amenity, and 74 percent of potential retirees, when asked about an interest in club membership, specify golf.

 

Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club in Coral Gables, Fla., will play host to the Florida State Golf Association’s Mid-Senior Four-Ball Championship this weekend. Fifty-two two-men teams will play Saturday and Sunday in the 36-hole event. Deering Bay, a 1990 Arnold Palmer design, plays 6,740 yards and to a par 71 along Biscayne Bay.

 

Golf Life Navigators has added four private clubs – two in Arizona and two in Florida – to its roster of facilities for golfers seeking a private-club lifestyle. From Arizona, Terravita Golf and Country Club in Scottsdale and Rio Verde Country Club in Rio Verde joined Florida clubs Stonebridge Country Club in Boca Raton and Wellington National Golf Club in Wellington on the GLN roster.

 


CALENDAR
September 4-7
Men’s amateur: Canadian Men’s Senior

Gowan Brae G&CC, Bathurst, New Brunswick

September 5-8
Men’s amateur: World Amateur Team

Carton House GC, Maynooth, Ireland

September 6-9
PGA Tour: BMW Championship

Aronimink GC, Newtown Square, Pa.

European Tour: Omega European Masters

Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland

September 7-9
Symetra Tour: Garden City Charity Classic

Buffalo Dunes GC, Garden City, Kan.


      
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