by John Gordon

The Presidents Cup starts in 13 months. Excitement is building. There is breathless anticipation.

Whom am I kidding? To say the golf community is holding its breath is ludicrous. Holding its collective nose might be more accurate.


Vardon, Evans reigned with only 7-8 clubs
Alex Miceli is right on target with his suggestion to reduce the limit of clubs a player can use from 14 to 10, although the concept of using fewer clubs is not new to the professional game (“Golf’s perfect 10: Fewer clubs, more vision,” Nov. 6).

At the turn of the last century, the great Harry Vardon used only seven or eight: driver, brassie (a 2-wood with a heavy brass plate on the sole), driving mashie (3-iron), mashie (5-iron), cleek (narrow bladed iron used to play from rough lies), lofter (shallow-faced lofted club used for approach shots), niblick (8/9-iron) and a goose-necked blade putter.



Number of players who have a mathematical shot at winning the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup. The season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship begins today at Phoenix (Ariz.) Country Club (tee times). Bernhard Langer or Scott Parel would win the season cup with a victory this week. Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly, Scott McCarron and David Toms also can claim the season crown and $1 million bonus, with some help, according to tour calculations (season standings).


Disclosed: By Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, that he intends to play at least six tournaments on the Champions Tour next season, reported. Chamblee, 56, who won one time in 14 seasons on the PGA Tour, won a qualifier to compete in this year’s Senior British Open – his first competitive round in a decade, he said – but missed the cut. Chamblee told that he has been practicing for five hours a day. “Why now?” he said. “I realized that time is fading, you know?”



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

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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.


Audubon Country Club in Naples, Fla., recently completed a six-month renovation of its Joe Lee-designed golf course, the club announced. Architect J. Drew Rogers and course superintendent Kenyon Kyle oversaw the work. The project included rebuilt greens that were covered with TifEagle Bermudagrass, an enlarged short-game practice area and native landscaping.


California senior Sebastian Crampton shot 17-under 196 to win the individual title and lead the Golden Bears to victory in the recent Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational at Royal Ka’anapali Course in Lahaina, Hawaii. Teammates Collin Morikawa (third), K.K. Limbhasut (T-11) and James Song (T-18) also finished among the leaders for Cal.


The Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match will be offered for pay-per-view at $19.99, WarnerMedia’s Turner announced. Capital One’s The Match: Tiger vs. Phil will be played Nov. 23 at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. The viewing window will be noon-3 p.m. PST.


Ruth Engle, the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Troon, has been named Arizona CFO of the Year in the Sponsors Award category by the Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives International. She received the award Nov. 1 at a ceremony in Phoenix.


Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst, Va., has selected Buffalo.Agency to manage the club’s public relations. Poplar Grove, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, will be undergoing a $3 million renovation.


Mike Scully has been appointed as general manager at The Club at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga., the club announced. Scully, 53, had been the director of golf for the past six years at Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.


November 7-10

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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