TUESDAY  | NOVEMBER 6, 2018
by John Hawkins

Major League Baseball has a serious pace-of-play issue. So does the NFL, which learned a couple of years ago that its product no longer qualifies as must-see TV. And whether you’re talking NBA or college basketball, the final three minutes of any close game can take an eternity, better known in this day and age as a half-hour.

Time is not on our side, especially in pro golf. The final threesome in the third round of the recent WGC event in China needed 5½ hours to play 18 holes. Seven groups failed to complete the opening round before darkness at last week’s PGA Tour gathering in Nevada.

 



by Alex Miceli

Making professional golf better. That is a laudable idea, but the term better in this situation is nebulous.

One man’s better is another’s poorer, or worse. That being said, I’m going out on a limb to make a suggestion that I think would make professional golf not only more compelling, but dare I say better.

 


A MESSAGE FROM CLUB CHAMPION
by Leonard Finkel

8 Of 9 Golfers Tested Added An Average Of 21 Yards Off The Tee

Now Get 50% off Full Bag Fittings and 33% off all other fittings*

With advances in club technology, most golfers could easily hit the ball farther and more accurately, yet a Golf Magazine study found that 90% of U.S. golfers may be playing with improperly fit clubs. Says world-renowned instructor David Leadbetter, “It never ceases to amaze me that golfers buy clubs off the shelf and assume they’re right for them. Whether you’re a great golfer or a casual one, getting a custom club fitting is one of the quickest ways to improve your game.”

 


New rules will offer bunker relief … for a price
Many of you will be pleased to know that the blue coats at the USGA do indeed have empathy for those of us who are bunker-challenged (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov. 5).

Under the new rules, beginning Jan. 1, you may remove your ball from a bunker for the low, low price of two strokes (video).

 


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Number of tournaments remaining in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. The Nedbank Golf Challenge, the penultimate event on the 2017-18 tour schedule, begins Thursday at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa.





FROM THE INDUSTRY

PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has reopened its Champion Course after a $1 million renovation, officials announced. The work, overseen by Nicklaus Design, included restoring 14,400 square feet of putting surfaces, adding an average of 800 square feet to each green. The greens were rebuilt and grassed with TifEagle Bermuda and more closely resemble the original design by Jack Nicklaus and his team for the annual site of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic.

 

Short Par 4 will include customized ball markers created by Johnston Gray Designs for the Rickie Fowler and Wesley Bryan Tour Experience memberships. Short Par 4 ships branded golf apparel, footwear and accessories to golfers.

 


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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