WEDNESDAY  | NOVEMBER 7, 2018
by Alex Miceli

Transparency is a term that has been used a lot during the past election cycle in the U.S., and for good reason. As Thomas Jefferson wrote, a well-informed electorate is a prerequisite to democracy. But a well-informed electorate is a requirement beyond elections. It also is a necessary part of the relationship between corporations and shareholders, and associations and their members.

The PGA of America is holding its annual meeting this week in Palm Springs, Calif. The gathering is being conducted in a bubble, with the media excluded from all aspects, including the likely election of the association’s first female president, Suzy Whaley.

 



by Mike Purkey

It used to be called the “Silly Season,” those off-the-schedule, made-for-TV events that fluffed up Fred Couples’ bank account each autumn. Now, we have a spectacle that truly fits the name.

The $9 million pay-per-view match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson is scheduled for Nov. 23 – the day after Thanksgiving – in Las Vegas, naturally. The winner gets the whole prize, which both players say that part – not all – of the money will go to charities.

 


Only strokes will prod Tour’s slowpokes
John Hawkins is spot-on (“It’s time to call foul on Tour’s stall tactics,” Nov. 6).

The problem is that there are no time requirements to make a shot. Everyone complains about slow play on the PGA Tour – 5½-hour rounds ... ridiculous. No one plays faster because there is no effective enforcement.

 


4

Number of former FedEx Cup champions in the field for the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic, which begins Thursday at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Jordan Spieth (2015), Billy Hoschel (2014), Bill Haas (2011) and Jim Furyk (2010) will be competing on the Yucatan Peninsula (tee times).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Golf’s sordid underside
John Hawkins and Jeff Rude chat with GolfChannel.com’s Randall Mell about a recent cheating incident in the LPGA’s Q-Series, and examine the ongoing scourge of slow play.


Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
Bryson DeChambeau won his fifth career PGA Tour event and improved to No. 5 in the world ranking. Meanwhile, Justin Rose won the Turkish Airlines Open and returned to No. 1 in the world. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss it all. Morning Read’s Alex Miceli talks about his recent commentary calling for a 10-club limit. In the Giving Back segment, Bubka speaks with Corby Robertson Jr. about the Spirit International.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Romeo, the family dog of superintendent Ryan Semritc at Willows Run Golf Complex in Redmond, Wash., has been picked for the cover of the 2019 Dog Days of Golf calendar produced by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Romeo is a 1-year-old blue-eyed mixed breed of border collie and Brittany lineage.

 

Grip manufacturer Lamkin congratulated Justin Rose for playing the company’s products in winning the recent Turkish Airlines Open and returning to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Rose, of England, used REL ACE grips.

 

Footwear manufacturer Ecco acknowledged Spain’s Adri Arnaus for his recent victory in the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final in the United Arab Emirates. With the victory, his first on the developmental tour, Arnas won an exemption for the European Tour in the 2018-19 season. He wore Ecco’s Cool model.

 

Bill Hogan has been named senior vice president of sales for Garmany Golf, the company announced. Garmany Golf is a San Jose, Calif.-based travel and hospitality company with offices in Chicago and Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

Boca Lago Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., will play host to Gravity Golf instruction schools beginning next month, officials announced. The program relies on a golfer’s body mass rather than muscular strength to create an efficient swing. The three-day schools will begin in December under the direction of David Lee.

 


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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