by John Hawkins

In my 30-plus years of covering sports, the only place I ever locked a rental car was at East Lake Golf Club. The home of the Tour Championship is located in one of Atlanta’s less-fashionable neighborhoods, and though there are obvious signs of civic progress in the area, it’s still not a part of town you want to mess with.

Corporate sponsorship is the main reason why the tournament has been held at East Lake since 2004. The venue itself is very classy, the course solid more than spectacular, and an event that adds a $10 million tip to the usual pile of prize money should be special. Furthermore, a shebang of that magnitude needs to generate some sizzle, a hearty atmosphere.


Tsk tsk to U.S. Ryder Cup task force
Like many others, Mike Purkey (“Americans regain their edge in Ryder Cup,” Sept. 17) lauds the "success" of the U.S. Ryder Cup task force because of the winning effort in 2016 at Hazeltine. But as Lee Corso likes to say, "Not so fast, my friend!"

A deeper look at the Ryder Cup results shows that Europe and the U.S. have alternated victories on American soil since 1983: five for the U.S. and four for Europe. So, 2016 simply continued a pattern established 35 years ago, of the teams alternating victories here.



Odds for co-favorites Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson to win this week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook (tee times). Rose and Johnson are ranked Nos. 1 and 3, respectively, in the Official World Golf Ranking. Rory McIlroy was a 9-1 pick to win the Tour’s season-ending event, with Justin Thomas at 10-1.



The Slammer & Squire golf course at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., is commemorating its 20th anniversary with a 20-day celebration beginning next week. The event, which runs Sept. 23 through Oct. 14, includes a golf festival, golf tournament, photo and story contests, plus numerous prizes and giveaways. The course, which opened in 1998, was designed by Bobby Weed, with Sam Snead (the Slammer) and Gene Sarazen (the Squire).

Registration has opened for the 2019 Donald Ross Pro-Am, which will be played at three courses in the Scottish Highlands, according to travel operator Carr Golf. The 16 teams – one PGA professional and three amateurs – will play a practice round at Brora Golf Club, one tournament round at Castle Stuart Golf Links and two tournament rounds on Royal Dornoch. Dates of the event will be Sept. 24-28. Carr Golf, based in Dublin, Ireland, conducts golf-related tours across Ireland, Scotland and England.


Nippon Shaft reported that its equipment was used to win the company’s fifth women’s major championship of the season. The champion played Nippon’s N.S. Pro 950GH steel shafts in her irons and wedges at the Evian Championship.


Bridgestone Golf announced that its Tour B XD-H hybrid won first place in MyGolfSpy’s 2018 Most Wanted Hybrid Test. The club was determined by MyGolfSpy to be best in total and carry distance while imparting the least spin on the ball.


Tagmarshal, a golf course intelligence and pace-of-play tool, has increased its installations by 275 percent during the past 12 months, the company announced. The geo-location data are used at more than 150 courses in nine countries, Tagmarshal reported.


Alpine Country Club in Highland, Utah, recently hosted the Tony Finau Foundation Golf Classic. The event was staged less than 24 hours after Finau was selected to the Ryder Cup team. Nearly $150,000 was raised for underprivileged children.


Boyne Resorts announced that it is using Inntopia to refocus its golf marketing. The company found that Inntopia Marketing Cloud provides a deeper understanding of its targeted markets.


The Quivira Los Cabos resort community will welcome the Life Luxe Jazz concert series on Nov. 1-4 at the resort on the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort will serve as the host site for the event.


Short Par 4, a golf-inspired box subscription service, has designed a custom wedge with Cobra Golf for members of the Rickie Fowler Tour Experience. Short Par 4 ships branded golf apparel, footwear, accessories and now equipment.


Club Golf has been selected to provide the travel gear for the U.S. Ryder Cup team with the TRS Ballistic line, the company announced. It is the 11th consecutive Ryder Cup that Club Golf has outfitted the Americans.


September 20-23
Web.com Tour: Tour Championship

Atlantic Beach (Fla.) CC

PGA Tour: Tour Championship

East Lake GC, Atlanta

European Tour: Portugal Masters

Dom Pedro Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal

September 21-23
Champions: Sanford International

Minnehaha CC, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Symetra Tour: Guardian Championship

Capitol Hill GC, Prattville, Ala.

September 22-27
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Norwood Hills CC, St. Louis

Men’s amateur: U.S. Mid-Amateur

Charlotte (N.C.) CC

September 24-25
Junior boys: Junior Ryder Cup

Disneyland Paris, Magny-le-Hongre, France

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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