WEDNESDAY  | OCTOBER 31, 2018
by Adam Schupak

Whatever you do, don't visit the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.

That advice was dispensed to me by more than a half-dozen acquaintances before I flew to the Turkish capital en route to the Turkish Airlines Open in Belek late Sunday night. It was said in jest, but what was implied was, What the heck are you doing, going to Turkey after the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

 



by Alex Miceli

As captain Thomas Bjorn celebrated with his European team after winning the Ryder Cup last month in France, the European Tour wasn’t letting any grass grow under its feet. The tour asked Padraig Harrington whether he would like to be considered for the next Ryder Cup captaincy.

It wasn’t an offhanded discussion but a legitimate request to a player who has been a team player in the Ryder Cup since his 1999 debut, at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

 


THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER
by Gary Van Sickle

The first thing that catches my eye about the new Bridgestone Tour B JGR driver is the color: bright canary yellow.

No, the driver head isn’t yellow. It’s a very traditional metallic black with a very traditional shape (if anything in modern equipment can be called traditional). The grip on the Tour B JGR driver is bright canary yellow. The same is true on the fairway woods which I tried: a 3-wood and 5-wood.

 


LPGA, other leagues should stop going to China
Ron Yujuico's letter saying that the Chinese government's heavy-handed action toward Shanshan Feng and Yu Liu was a backward step for China is spot-on (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 29). In response, the LPGA should immediately cancel the Blue Bay LPGA tournament scheduled for Nov. 7-10 in China.

In fact, I have a hard time with any U.S. sports league playing in China.

 


3

Number of victorious European Ryder Cup teammates paired together in Thursday’s first round of the Turkish Airlines Open. Englishmen Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood will play alongside Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Belek, Turkey (tee times). All stand among the top 10 of the tour’s season-long Race to Dubai rankings – Fleetwood second, Olesen seventh and Rose 10th – entering the final three events of the season.

 


Named: By the LPGA as its player of the year, Ariya Jutanugarn, who holds an insurmountable lead in the points standings with three tournaments remaining this year. Jutanugarn, 22, of Thailand, won three times this year, including the U.S. Women’s Open, and added 12 more top-10 finishes in 25 starts. She also won the POY honor in 2016, when she won five times.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Trick or treat?
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts discuss the $20 asking price on the upcoming pay-per-view TV match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Jordan Spieth has signed an undisclosed multiyear agreement to represent Club Champion, the custom club-fitting company announced. Spieth, 25, a three-time major champion, aligned himself with the company because of its ability to provide professional-quality club fittings and a tour-level experience, Club Champion said.

 

Golf Life Navigators named Jeff Mangan as its chief executive officer and broker of record for its Golf Life Properties division, the company announced. During the past seven years, Mangan served as CEO of Phoenix Country Club, where he helped land the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on the Champions Tour.

 

The Frog Golf Club at The Georgia will celebrate its 20th anniversary in November by hosting a weekend celebration. On Nov. 16-18, the club in Villa Rica, Ga., will host a charity golf tournament, family fun day, anniversary brunch and other activities.

 

The Phoenician Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., will reopen Thursday after a 10-month redesign and renovation project, officials announced. The course, designed by Scottsdale-based architect Phil Smith, was reimagined from a 27-hole complex to 18 holes, with emphasis on a natural rhythm and flow to play.

 

Golf Channel’s Lauren Thompson will serve as master of ceremonies at the 2019 Golf Industry Show, organizers announced. The show will be held Feb. 6-7 in San Diego.

 

Cobra Golf introduced its King F9 Speedback irons and hybrids, the manufacturer announced. The clubs will be available at retail and online Jan. 18.

 


CALENDAR
October 31 - November 3
LPGA: Q-Series

Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort No. 7

November 1-4
PGA Tour: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas

European Tour: Turkish Airlines Open

Regnum Carya Resort, Belek, Turkey

November 2-4
LPGA: Toto Japan Classic

Seta GC, Sjoga, Japan


      
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