MONDAY  | OCTOBER 22, 2018
by Alex Miceli

Gifts come in many different shapes and sizes.

For Ernie Els, a present from Tiger Woods was not intended for Els’ 49th birthday, but it nonetheless came at the right time for a 2019 Presidents Cup captain whose International team hasn’t beaten the Americans in the biennial series in 20 years.

 



by Mike Purkey

Now that summer’s over – and where on earth did it go? – it’s not at all necessary to immediately consign your clubs to a corner of the garage and leave them there until next spring. Unless you live in Minneapolis or Missoula, where winter is coming at any moment and, in fact, might already be here.

Whether you buy into global warming, there’s no denying that summers are getting hotter, no matter where you live. If the golf season is short in your area, you’ll play on any day that’s sunny and ends in “y,” no matter how hot it is.

 


Ginger and Mary Ann, not Phil and Tiger
Phil Mickelson vs. Tiger Woods: Who cares? Two mega-millionaires playing for other people’s money, which they don’t need and can very much afford not to win (“Only 1 reason to watch Woods-Mickelson,” Oct. 19). They will, no doubt, play embarrassingly dismal rounds.

Gary Van Sickle is partially right in suggesting that letting pay-per-view customers (Seriously? People are going to pay to watch this clown act?) gamble in real time might bring some excitement. If these two multimillionaires put up, oh, say, 20 or 30 million of their own cheddar, maybe they would get my attention. Then again, maybe not. I’ll watch “Gilligan’s Island” reruns instead.

 


3

Number of times that American Brooks Koepka has won in his past 12 starts worldwide, spanning four months, with his victory Sunday in the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup. Koepka, the reigning PGA Tour player of the year after victories in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship, shot 8-under 64 in the final round for a 21-under 267 total and four-stroke victory at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea. He was projected to move to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career, supplanting countryman Dustin Johnson.

 


Ended: The 2018 golf season for American Michelle Wie, who underwent surgery on her right hand, she disclosed on Instagram. The oft-injured Wie, 29, did not play in August and September while resting her hand.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Tanglewood Park’s Championship Course in Clemmons, N.C., has reopened after a five-month renovation, officials announced. The Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course played host to the 1974 PGA Championship. The work, which included resurfaced greens and tree management, was overseen by Jones’ son, Robert III.

 

Argent Lakes Golf course at Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, S.C., recently wrapped up a four-month renovation project, officials said. The work focused on bunker improvements and the planting of 130-plus trees on the executive-length, par-61 course. Argent Lakes is one of three courses at the active-adult community.

 


CALENDAR
October 22
European Tour: Andalucia Valderrama Masters

Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain

October 24-27
LPGA: Q-Series

Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort No. 6

October 25-28
LPGA: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

Ta Shee G&CC, Taoyuan, Taiwan

PGA/European tours: WGC HSBC Champions

Sheshan International GC, Shanghai

PGA Tour: Sanderson Farms Championship

CC of Jackson (Miss.)

October 26-28
Champions: Invesco QQQ Championship

Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, Calif.


      
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