MONDAY  | NOVEMBER 5, 2018
by Alex Miceli

England’s Justin Rose is again the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer, but it wasn’t easy Sunday as he needed an extra hole to put away China’s Haotong Li in the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open.

For Rose, 38, the return to southern Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast as the defending champion had many subplots beyond his 11th victory on the European Tour.

 



by Adam Schupak

No one expresses shock at a missed putt quite like Haotong Li. The 23-year-old budding star missed two short putts Sunday – tugging the first from about 5 feet for par at the end of regulation and then, after getting a reprieve, taking three putts from 10 feet, the comebacker from no more than 3 feet – to hand the Turkish Airlines Open to Justin Rose (scores).

Li did the classic knee bend, but it was his look of utter disbelief that will remain highlight-reel worthy for the agony of defeat.

 


Here are 2 ways to improve bunker play
The Rules of Golf treat bunkers the same way that they treat water hazards. The general definition of hazard is “an agent with the potential to cause harm to a vulnerable target.” Doesn't logic follow that a bunker should have a penalty, and that penalty should be somewhat in line with those imposed by a water hazard? (“Bunker-busting strategy would help golf,” Nov. 1).

Brooks Koepka probably won this year's U.S. Open by purposely hitting his second shot on the par-3 11th hole into a bunker. He got it up-and-down for bogey. Do you think if that bunker were a pond that he would have purposely hit into that hazard?

 


Dismissed: By Keith Pelley, chief executive officer of the European Tour, any concern about holding a tournament in Saudi Arabia. Speaking early Saturday to reporters at the Turkish Airlines Open, Pelley said the Saudi International, the tour’s debut event in the kingdom, will be played despite an outcry against the kingdom after the Oct. 2 death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

 


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Number of times that American Bryson DeChambeau has won in his past five starts on the PGA Tour. DeChambeau shot 5-under 66 on Sunday for a 21-under 263 total and one-stroke victory in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Cleveland Golf announced the launch of the Huntington Beach SOFT line of putters. The clubs feature the Speed Optimized Face Technology, or SOFT, that the company says normalizes ball speed across the face of the putter. The clubs, which will be available Nov. 16, will retail for $129.99.

 

Troon has been selected to manage West Bay Club in Estero, Fla., the management company announced. West Bay is a private, member-owned club that features a golf course designed by Pete Dye and his son, P.B., that opened in 1999. The course is scheduled to reopen Nov. 17 after a $4 million renovation led by architects Dana Fry and Jason Straka.

 

Golftec will be offering special holiday packages through Dec. 31, the company announced. Silver and gold holiday packages will sell for $295-$395 and feature a variety of swing evaluations, lessons and club-fittings.

 


CALENDAR
November 7-10
LPGA: Blue Bay LPGA

Jian Lake Blue Bay GC, Hainan Island, China

November 8-11
European Tour: Nedbank Golf Challenge

Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa

PGA Tour: Mayakoba Golf Classic

El Camaleon GC, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Champions: Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Phoenix (Ariz.) CC


      
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