THURSDAY  | OCTOBER 25, 2018
by John Hawkins

Tiger Woods stopped winning major championships at age 32. Arnold Palmer was done winning majors by the time he turned 35. Phil Mickelson didn’t start winning majors until he was almost 34, at which point one of the most notable underachievers in golf history began transforming himself into one of the top 15 players of all-time.

That boom-or-bust dynamic goes a long way toward defining the career of a man known to take ridiculous risks on the course and make some robust wagers off it. Mickelson spent years flirting with the edge of competitive common sense, as if to prove that everyone who messes around at the top of a cliff isn’t destined to wind up at the bottom of it.

 



‘Bravado’? No, Miller is merely an announcer
“Unwavering bravado and complete fearlessness”? Give me a break. It sounds as though Johnny Miller just returned from war. Ron Kroichick’s words are easy to choke on (“Miller’s candor defines golf analysis on TV,” Oct. 24).

Why do we wax poetically about our sports announcers? I realize that we invite these witnesses to our sporting events into our homes and spend quality leisure time with them, but to say the landscape of golf changed as a result of their skills behind the microphone is foolish.

 


6.08

Number of tournament starts, on average, that it takes Bernhard Langer to win on the Champions Tour. Langer, 61, of Germany, is the defending champion this week in the Invesco QQQ Championship, the second of three playoff events on the 50-and-older tour.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

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.


Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Casa de Campo Resort and Villas offers a range of accommodations for winter golf getaways. The resort, which includes three Pete Dye-designed courses in La Romana, Dominican Republic, features villas ranging from three to 11 bedrooms. Prices start at $249 per person, per night, double occupancy.

 

The top resorts in Los Cabos, Mexico, were recognized for excellence in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, officials announced. Half of the 20 resorts listed in the “Top Resorts in Western Mexico” category are in Los Cabos, paced by Chileno Bay Resort and Residences, which ranked No. 2 among the magazine’s readers and features a Tom Fazio-designed golf course.

 

Short Par 4 has introduced new fall and winter pieces for its fairway- and executive-level memberships. Short Par 4 is a golf-inspired box subscription service that ships branded golf apparel and accessories to golfers.

 


CALENDAR
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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