WEDNESDAY  | SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
by Mike Purkey

The last of Tiger Woods’ 79 PGA Tour victories came in 2013. The most recent of his 14 major championships took place in 2008. He hasn’t won in 2018 – yet.

But for the greatest player of his generation, this might be his best year.

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER
by Gary Van Sickle

We all want to play better golf, but most of us don’t want to do what it takes to accomplish that goal. Such as, you know, practice. Or get instruction.

We prefer shortcuts. Buying a better game is one attractive method. Another is instruction aids. There are a million of those out there. Here are a handful that I think are interesting:

 


Furyk had an ulterior motive with Mickelson pick
Jim Furyk choked yet again, which of course is no surprise (“ ‘Impossible not to pick’ Finau, Furyk says,” Sept. 11).

There is no place on the U.S. Ryder Cup team for Phil Mickelson, whose play has been erratic, at best. Xander Schauffele earned that spot and deserved to be on the team. He would have made the team stronger. By contrast, Mickelson makes it weaker.

 


6

Number of European Tour events that have been played every year since the advent of the tour in 1972. One of those long-running events, the KLM Open, will stage its 99th edition beginning Thursday at The Dutch in Spijk, Netherlands (tee times). The other original European Tour events that still are being played: British Open, French Open, Italian Open, European Masters and BMW PGA.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
On the Grill Room menu: Keegan Bradley's victory at the BMW; Justin Rose becomes No. 1 in the world; Tiger Woods qualifies for the Tour Championship, but Jordan Spieth doesn’t; and Xander Schauffele falls short of a Ryder Cup bid. In the Feature Interview, Sky Sports' Richard Kaufman talks about his new podcast. Plus, Jimmy Roberts joins Kelly Elbin in Voices of the Game.


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

Cobra Golf announced the introduction next month of the F-Max Superlite drivers and fairway woods, which the company claims are its lightest and easiest-to-hit collection of woods. The men’s and women’s drivers ($299), fairway woods ($199) and complete sets ($1,199) will be available beginning Oct. 5 in stores and online.

 

Carr Golf’s annual World Invitational Father and Daughter Tournament will be held July 23-26 at Waterville (Ireland) Golf Links, the Dublin-based travel operator announced. Entry fees start at $5,999 for the 12th edition of the event.

 

Srixon and Cleveland Golf congratulated Keegan Bradley for his recent victory in the PGA Tour's BMW Championship while playing the companies’ equipment. Bradley played a Srixon ball and used Srixon irons and Cleveland wedges to win the FedEx Cup playoff event.

 

Nippon Shaft claimed a victory on the PGA Tour as the winner of the recent BMW Championship played the Japanese company’s equipment. The champion played the N.S. Pro Modus Tour 120 TX-flex steel shafts in his irons.

 


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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