FRIDAY  | SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
by John Hawkins

My younger daughter’s third-grade basketball team finished its season undefeated a few sunsets ago, and not because I was the coach. We had three girls who basically could score at will, and since all three had strong wills, we never were seriously threatened. In our first two games, however, the people who ran the gym refused to keep score.

“It has nothing to do with winning and losing at this level,” I was told.

Seven years later, pro golf has a guy who just reached the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking by finishing bogey-bogey and losing in a playoff to a guy ranked 186th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting. There’s another guy, perhaps the greatest player ever, telling us that his winless 2018 might be the best season of his career. Then there’s the Ryder Cup captain who used three of his four picks on players who combined for one victory during the two-year qualification process.

 



by Adam Schupak

While the PGA Tour is taking a sabbatical this week, let's stop salivating over the Tiger Woods comeback story and shine a light on one of the best stories in golf that nobody is talking about.

Perhaps no man ever has counted the days until his 50th birthday like golf pro Scott Parel, who won the Boeing Classic last month for his first official victory on the Champions Tour. "I couldn't get to 50 fast enough," he said.

 


by Alex Miceli

While following the enhanced radar of Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, the thought came to mind about how scary Mother Nature can be. Scary is not a word often used in a golf context, and when it is, it never could equate to Florence’s wrath after the storm comes ashore.

Thursday, I walked out to the mailbox and received my copy of Golf Magazine and turned to a player poll that I had seen mentioned on Twitter. This question, asked anonymously of PGA Tour players, got my attention: “Have you ever witnessed a fellow Tour player cheat during a tournament round?”

 


Other sports use uniform ball, so why not golf?
In this great debate about reducing the flight of the golf ball, we should just create a ball for the professional tours (“Want to limit distance? Try 2 sets of rules,” Sept. 13). All professional players would get that ball, made and tested at tour specs, and it could be printed with any manufacturer’s name.

It would be similar to any of the other professional sports, such as baseball, football and basketball. The ball should have the characteristics of spin control, limited distance at the highest clubhead speeds and a good feel for putting. Leave the ball alone for the amateurs; distance is their friend. They aren’t going to have to redesign golf holes and courses for the amateur game.

 


Dismissed: The Ryder Cup’s effect on French golf, by Evian Championship chairman Franck Riboud, before the LPGA’s final major championship of the season, this week’s Evian Championship in the French Alps. “We need a [French] champion, that’s all,” said Riboud, the retired chief of food giant Danone, which owns the Evian water brand. “I think we need a project for the young French player to show we are a champion in the next five years. ... We don’t have a golf culture. We have to build it.”

 


7

Number of strokes under par that England’s David Skinns stood after the first round to lead the Web.com Tour’s Albertsons Boise Open. Skinns offset two bogeys with nine birdies to shoot 64 at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho. Skinns, 36, who won the Web.com Tour’s Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha, Neb., in July, held a one-stroke lead over American Martin Trainer, South Korea’s Sangmoon Bae and Argentina’s Fabian Gomez. The Boise Open is the developmental tour’s penultimate event and the third of four playoff tournaments, before next week’s Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach (Fla.) Country Club (scores).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

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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

The French Golf Federation and Provision Events will bring the Ryder Cup experience to downtown Paris before the biennial matches later this month. The federation has commissioned PVE to entertain and educate visitors to the city via simulators, activities and other displays outside of the Hotel de Ville in the city center.

 

For a third consecutive year, four southwest Florida golf clubs renewed as “showcase clubs” in the Golf Life Navigators program. Each of the clubs – Pelican Bay, Imperial and Quail Creek in Naples and Cypress Lake in Fort Myers – received “best-matched” candidates from Golf Life Navigators, which identifies prospective members for clubs.

 


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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