by Gary Van Sickle

It didn’t feel as if history was about to be made on a warm autumn day in Las Vegas. It was 1996, and I was covering the Las Vegas Invitational for Sports Illustrated, an assignment I was thrown into at the last second when another staff member quit his job mid-tournament.

That’s why I walked inside the ropes that weekend and enjoyed a front-row seat when Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour title. He beat Davis Love III in a playoff when, frankly, Love made a mistake and semi-handed it to Woods. That’s the nature of golf, though.


by Alex Miceli

Tiger Woods made it safely to Paris. That news came from his U.S. Ryder Cup captain, Jim Furyk.

The newest golfing sensation dined with the team late Sunday in a restaurant near the Atlanta airport after he won the Tour Championship and then took an uneventful flight with his teammates, arriving in the French capital after noon local time Monday.


Putting Woods’ victory in perspective
With mixed emotions, I have read all of the emails from readers about Tiger Woods and his latest comeback, U.S. captain Jim Furyk’s picks for the Ryder Cup and all of the divisive comments about each.

For all of the naysayers, Woods may or may not be back (“Woods proves he’s still got it,” Sept. 24), and if he is, who knows for how long? In the spirit of sportsmanship and what is good for our game:



Overnight rating of Sunday’s final-round telecast of the Tour Championship, which Tiger Woods won for his first PGA Tour victory in five years (“Woods proves he’s still got it,” Sept. 24), NBC Sports Group reported Monday. The rating is the highest in the 12-year history of the FedEx Cup playoffs and the highest Tour telecast this season, excluding the major championships. The audience was more than double that of the 2017 Tour Championship.



Club Glove 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 Glove has outfitted the Americans.

Peakvision has added royal navy blue to the color options for its GX5 sunglasses for golfers, the company announced. The sunglasses also are available in black or white.


Bridgestone Golf reported that Tiger Woods used the company’s Tour B XS ball to win the Tour Championship on Sunday. The victory was the 80th on the PGA Tour for Woods and his first since 2013.


Cordillera Ranch, a golf community in Boerne, Texas, has hired Daren Johnson as its director of golf. Johnson had been the director of golf at Adena Golf and Country Club in Ocala, Fla. He replaces Marc DeWall, who was promoted to general manager at Cordillera Ranch.


Nippon Shaft reported that its products were used by the winner of the recent Asia-Pacific Diamond Golf Cup in Japan. The champion played N.S. Pro Modus Tour prototype steel shafts in his irons and wedges. According to Nippon, it is the 146th worldwide victory for the company and its Modus 3 series.

J.C. Wright has been named general manager of Laughlin Ranch Golf Club in Bullhead City, Ariz., according to Troon, which manages the club. Wright will oversee the club’s golf, agronomy, sales and food and beverage operations. He recently served as director of golf and recreation at Lookout Mountain Golf Club at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Resort in Phoenix.


Galvin Green has appointed Lisa Skelton as a sales representative for the Swedish golf clothier. Skelton will cover Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. She brings 12 years of industry experience with a variety of apparel brands to the position.


In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ahead has created specially-priced accessories and headwear for clubs in their promotions. “Show Your Support With Pink” packages include headwear and accessories that include wine stoppers, ball markers, divot-repair tools and key chains.


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

September 28-30
Champions: Pure Insurance Championship

Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links

Symetra Tour: IOA Classic

Alaqua CC, Longwood, Fla.

PGA/European tours: Ryder Cup

Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

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