FRIDAY  | OCTOBER 26, 2018
by Mike Purkey

If you could own stock in professional golfers, everybody would be lined up right now to buy Tiger Woods, wouldn’t they? Especially those who gave up on him five years or so ago.

Here are some others in whom you might consider investing – and those you’d want to get out of while the getting is good:


Lighten up on Mickelson
I just finished reading John Hawkins’ article on Phil Mickelson (“Mickelson nears end, but does he know it?” Oct. 25). I’m shocked that someone in the game could have that type of approach when describing him. Mickelson must have really wronged Hawkins one day to spew such vitriol toward the man. There’s unbiased, harsh journalistic criticism, and then there’s Hawkins’ article.

And trust me, I am not a Mickelson fan. Never have been. That being said, as a golf nut and lifelong fan of the game, I grew to appreciate the man and his body or work over his illustrious career. Someone who doesn’t know the game as I do could read that article and get the wrong impression of what Mickelson has done in and for the game, and most importantly his fans. No PGA Tour player in the past 20 years has given so much to his fans.



Number of strokes by which American Patrick Reed led after the first round Thursday of the WGC HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai. In his first start since the Ryder Cup, Reed shot a bogey-free 8-under 64. Americans Xander Schauffele and Tony Finau shared second with 66s (scores).


Set: The suggested retail price for the telecast of the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson pay-per-view match, at $19.99, Turner Sports announced. The match, with a $9 million winner-take-all prize, will be played at noon PST Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.



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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.

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.


Simon Lilly, a professional from Northamptonshire, England, shot 5 under to win the inaugural Bermuda 3s World Team Championship at Turtle Hill Golf Club in Southampton, Bermuda. In the team portion of the pro-am event, professional Cary Sciorra and amateurs Tom Tracy, Tom Corr and John Coleman of Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., won the title.


A limited number of premier seasonal memberships are available at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the club announced. PGA Golf Club is home to three courses: Dye, Ryder and Wanamaker.


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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