by Ron Kroichick

Johnny Miller started hitting golf balls in the basement of his childhood home in San Francisco at age 5 (off a mat, into canvas). All these years later, his career in the game nears an end as he announced last week his retirement as NBC’s lead analyst.

Golf won’t be the same without him.


A few words of caution for Azinger
I hope Jeff Babineau’s interview of Paul Azinger in Tuesday’s Morning Read is not an indication of how much Azinger is going to talk when he finally takes over from Johnny Miller (“Azinger’s plan: ‘Keep calling it like it is’,” Oct. 23).

I had to refill my coffee cup twice before I could finish reading it. Obviously, the guy likes to talk … and talk a lot.


Ordered: Chinese golfers Shanshan Feng and Yu Liu, by unnamed authorities in their homeland, to withdraw from this week’s LPGA tournament in Taiwan, according to Reuters, which cited unnamed sources. An LPGA official confirmed the withdrawals, Reuters reported, without explanation. The Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship begins Thursday at Ta Shee Golf and Country Club in Taoyuan, Taiwan.



Number of the top five in the Official World Golf Ranking who will be competing this week in the WGC HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai. No. 1 Brooks Koepka, No. 2 Dustin Johnson, No. 3 Justin Rose and No. 5 Rory McIlroy are entered. England’s Rose, the defending champion, will be among 10 players from the victorious European Ryder Cup team scheduled to start (tee times).



Hawk & Rude: Fielding zingers from ’Zinger
In Hawk & Rude, Paul Azinger, NBC’s newly appointed golf analyst, joins hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude for an insightful 25-minute question-and-answer session.

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Brooks Koepka fought back from a wrist injury to win two major championships and ascend to No. 1 in the world. He talks about his journey to the top. Morning Read’s Alex Miceli discusses caddies. A charity segment debuts as former PGA Tour player Len Mattiace talks about his First Tee involvement and his foundation's anti-bullying program for Jacksonville schools.


Bayer has doubled its financial commitment to a Golf Course Superintendents Association of America grant program. The environmental-science division of Bayer CropScience will sponsor five additional superintendents – all from areas affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael – to attend the Golf Industry Show on Feb. 2-7 in San Diego.


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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