WEDNESDAY  | SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
by Jeff Babineau

Like new and improved Tide, which defies the sands of time each time a cart gets pushed down the supermarket aisle, the rejiggered FedEx Cup playoffs in 2018-19 will be better, bolder and more compelling, all at the same time. Oh, and simpler, too. Or so we think.

By August of next year, when the newly condensed PGA Tour season (make way for football!) winds to a close and the three-tournament (down from four) playoff series builds to its thrilling crescendo, PGA Tour pros are going to be so filthy rich that they won’t just be purchasing new yachts, but entire marinas. The guy who takes home the FedEx Cup next year is projected to record a $27 million season. That’ll keep the mortgage hounds away for a good while.

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER
by Gary Van Sickle

Sam Uisprapassorn didn’t have an idea as much as he had a complaint.

He worked in the solar industry, was a recreational golfer with a 16 handicap and usually played courses with narrow fairways.

 


In Atlanta’s defense, Georgian rebuts Hawkins
Thanks to Morning Read for a great daily email. Rarely do I feel the need to respond with more than a head shake or an approving nod, but John Hawkins’ article prompted a response (“Tour can do better than Atlanta for finale,” Sept. 18).

First, Hawkins’ comment about a lack of “sizzle” provided by Atlanta for the Tour Championship. I think everyone, including the PGA Tour, agrees that the tournament is suffering from lack of sizzle, primarily due to the competition nationwide with football. This conflict is being addressed with next year’s schedule change.

 


Found: The body of Celia Barquin Arozamena, the reigning Big 12 Conference women’s golf champion, on a golf course in Ames, Iowa. Collin Daniel Richards, 22, who has no known address, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and jailed on a $5 million cash-only bond in connection with the death. Barquin, 22, a student at Iowa State and resident of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was found Monday in a pond at Coldwater Golf Links, where she had been playing a round alone. Barquin completed her college eligibility last season, when she won the Big 12 title and was named Iowa State’s female athlete of the year. She was finishing her studies in civil engineering.

 


30

Number of players entered in this week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf in Atlanta (tee times), and all of them have a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus (scenarios).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

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The PGA Tour made some big changes for next season’s playoffs, adding millions to an already overflowing pot of gold. Justin Thomas shares his thoughts. Also, Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. preview the Ryder Cup, and Mark Rolfing predicts the winner as part of his Voices of the Game interview with Kelly Elbin on GolfLifeNavigators.com.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Powell family of Canton, Ohio, who were pioneers in helping to integrate golf, will receive the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s highest honor, the Old Tom Morris Award. The late Bill Powell opened Clearview Golf Club in Canton in 1948. It was the first course to be designed, constructed and owned by a black American. Son Lawrence Powell serves as the course superintendent, and daughter Renee Powell is the club’s teaching professional. The award will be presented during the opening session of the 2019 Golf Industry Show on Feb. 6 in San Diego.

 

Little Creek Casino Resort’s golf and spa facilities have been recognized by ShowCase Magazine readers. Salish Cliffs Golf Club and Seven Inlets Spa were voted with “Best of 2018” awards.

 

Aquatrols has appointed Darryl Ramoutar as director of research and development, the company announced. Ramoutar had served in leadership positions at Scotts Miracle-Gro and Clarke Environmental Services.

 


CALENDAR
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/girls: Junior Ryder Cup

Disneyland Paris, Magny-le-Hongre, France


      
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