by Alex Miceli

Still basking in their Ryder Cup victory, three of the winning Europeans and their captain are playing in the Turkish Airlines Open this week in Belek, Turkey. While the main plot will be the tournament, which Ireland’s Paul Dunne led after a 7-under 64 on Thursday at Regnum Carya Golf Resort and Spa (scores), two subplots have emerged.

The first: the next Ryder Cup captain, which surely will be Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, who shared second place in Turkey after shooting 65 (“Paddy zips to head of line for Europeans,” Oct. 31). The second: whether England’s Justin Rose, the defending champion here and a victorious Ryder Cupper who also held a share of second place at 65, will achieve the world’s No. 1 ranking (“Rose seeks to join rebound club at No. 1,” Nov. 1). He would gain the top spot with a victory this week.


by Alex Miceli

If you want to see Padraig Harrington play golf, you’d better not wait too long to get a ticket. His time playing on a regular basis in the U.S. may be coming to an end.

After shooting a 6-under 65 on Thursday in the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open, where he trails fellow Irishman Paul Dunne by one stroke (scores), Harrington discussed the possibility of limiting his time on the PGA Tour.


by Len Ziehm

After years of campaigning, the former stars of the LPGA finally had two major championships in which to compete this year. The USGA staged its inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club in July, and the Senior LPGA Championship was played for the second time at Indiana’s French Lick Resort in October.

All is not rosy for those former female stars who have reached their 45th birthday, however. The Legends Tour, which was virtually their only source for tournaments and other golf-related business opportunities, is in a state of flux following Jane Blalock’s decision to step away as the circuit’s chief executive officer.


It’s time to take a stand, European Tour
There is nothing “no-win” about European Tour CEO Keith Pelley’s choice regarding the inaugural tournament in Saudi Arabia (“Pelley’s Saudi sand trap: Cancel or play?” Nov. 1). The choice is between money and saying “no” to an authoritarian regime that will not let international borders prevent it from hunting down and destroying its enemies.

The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is just the final straw in a string of egregious domestic and international criminal acts linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. To hold the tournament as scheduled is giving tacit approval.



Number of strokes under par that Ireland’s Paul Dunne stood after the first round of the European Tour's Turkish Airlines Open. Dunne, 25, of Dublin, shot a bogey-free 64 at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Belek, Turkey, to open a one-shot lead over Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and England’s Justin Rose, the defending champion (scores).


Out: Of a sponsor, the PGA Tour’s annual winter stop in the California desert, which will be played this season as the Desert Classic. CareerBuilder opted not to renew as title sponsor after three years. The tournament will be played Jan. 17-20 at PGA West in La Quinta.



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

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More young, strong 300-yard drivers of the golf ball with silky putting strokes are making waves on the PGA Tour. While Xander Schauffele was winning his first WGC title in China, Cameron Champ broke through in Mississippi. Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. talk about the victories. Also, Duane Bock explains the role of a professional caddie, and Morning Read’s Alex Miceli has numerous topics on his plate.


Bobby Jones Golf Course, which underwent a year-long renovation, will reopen for public play on Nov. 5, organizers at the Atlanta course announced. The work includes large double greens, multiple teeing options, a new practice range and a six-hole short course named Cupp Links, in honor of the late architect Bob Cupp.


The Mauka Disc Golf Course has been introduced as the latest guest amenity at Princeville Makai Golf Club in Princeville, Hawaii, club officials announced. The course was designed and set up by Innova Disc Golf, which had company representatives at Makai Golf Club for the occasion. In the Hawaiian language, makai means “toward the ocean,” and mauka means “toward the mountains.”


The Annika Foundation will host a group of its major donors at the Country Club of Orlando on Nov. 14, officials announced. The foundation serves as Annika Sorenstam’s charitable organization. Sorenstam will conduct a skills clinic, followed by an 18-hole team competition and a reception to review the foundation’s initiatives in female golf at the junior, collegiate and professional levels.


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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