TUESDAY  | SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
by Jeff Babineau

Well, go ahead and say it. It was just another manic Monday.

Fortunately, the PGA Tour doesn’t have too many of those, even with a schedule that stretches across the calendar, practically end to end. Then Monday dawned at Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia. Truthfully, it was one of those days when we really weren’t expecting to see golf. It was commendable that the PGA Tour was giving it the old college try to get in 72 holes at the BMW Championship, but players pretty much expected to show up to a course saturated by days of rain and be told they could scamper to their private jets and go their merry ways.

 



by Mike Purkey

You can’t help but wonder whether U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk already is having buyer’s remorse over his four picks. As expected, Furyk took Tony Finau with his final selection just a couple of hours after Monday’s conclusion of the BMW Championship, the third of four FedEx Cup playoff events.

But he could have had so much more. If Furyk had made Finau one of the first three picks last week along with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau and waited to see what Phil Mickelson did over the long weekend, he would have had the chance to make an already strong team even more formidable.

 


Sun sets on Mickelson era
I concur with the comments that Phil Mickelson does not belong on the U.S. Ryder Cup team (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 10).

Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele should, without question, be on the team.

 


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Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for Justin Rose, whose runner-up finish in the BMW Championship on Monday propelled him from fourth place. Dustin Johnson, whose 13-week reign ended, slipped to No. 2 (ranking).

 


Awarded: To the Country Club of North Carolina, the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, the U.S. Golf Association announced. The tournament, the third USGA event to visit the Pinehurst, N.C., club, will be played July 19-24, 2021.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Rainy days and Mondays
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts discuss Keegan Bradley’s victory at sloppy Aronimink, Jim Furyk’s final Ryder Cup pick and Justin Rose’s ascension to No. 1 in the world ranking.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Giants Ridge announced a stay-and-play golf package for the resort in northern Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range. Rates start at $119 per person per day for midweek play on Giants Ridge’s two courses, Quarry and Legend, and onsite lodging at the resort in Biwabik.

 

Provision Events has made the short list for two awards by Field Marketing and Brand Experience. Provision Events contends for FMBE honors because of work with Callaway Golf on its recent Callaway Rogue Tour Experience campaign.

 

The second Omega Celebrity Masters was held over the weekend at Crans-sur-Sierre in Crans Montana in the Swiss Alps, site of the Omega European Masters. LPGA player Michelle Wie participated as a celebrity coach.

 


CALENDAR
September 11-14
Junior girls: World Junior Girls Championship

Camelot G&CC, Cumberland, Ontario

September 13-16
LPGA: Evian Championship

Evian Resort, Evian-les-Baines, France

European Tour: KLM Open

The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands

Web.com Tour: Albertsons Boise Open

Hillcrest CC, Boise, Idaho

September 14-16
Symetra Tour: Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout

Mystic Creek GC, El Dorado, Ark.

Champions: The Ally Challenge

Warwick Hills GC, Grand Blanc, Mich.


      
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