by Gary Van Sickle

Gus Andreone was not your average PGA of America golf professional. As you recline on your couch today, the day when we observe Veterans Day, he is one of the heroes you should remember.

Andreone fought in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II and was awarded three Bronze Stars. He never considered himself a hero, however, always insisting instead that the real heroes were the men who didn’t make it back from the battlefield. There were some modest headlines when the 107-year-old Andreone died Oct. 27 in Sarasota, Fla., after a massive stroke.


by Alex Miceli

The last time Lee Westwood saw a putt drop for a victory on the European Tour was in Malaysia in April 2014. In the 4½ years since then, the Englishman has been close, yet unable to win again.

That all changed Sunday. Westwood holed out for par on the 18th hole at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, completing an 8-under 64 (scores), and caddie/girlfriend Helen Storey leaped into his arms. Victory was not yet assured – third-round leader Sergio Garcia, the eventual runner-up, and Louis Oosthuizen, who stumbled to a closing double bogey and third place – still were on the course.


Fast-play tips from 'Land of 2.5 Million Rounds'
I live in The Villages in Florida, where there are 648 holes of golf and 2.5 million rounds of golf played annually. 99.9 percent of the golf is played by retirees who are 55 or older. Most of the golfers who play the 298 holes of championship courses play them at 5,800 yards or less. Yet play still can be slow (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov. 9; Nov. 8; Nov. 7; (“It’s time to call foul on Tour’s stall tactics,” Nov. 6).

A few of the slow-play offenses I witness are easily correctable.



Margin of victory, in strokes, for Vijay Singh at the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Singh, 55, of Fiji, shot 10-under 61 on Sunday for a 22-under 262 total at Phoenix (Ariz.) Country Club (scores). It was the third victory of the season on the 50-and-older tour for Singh, who won $440,000 and vaulted to fourth in the season’s Charles Schwab Cup. Bernhard Langer, who tied for 13th in Phoenix, claimed his fifth season title and the $1 million bonus (season standings).


Elected: Suzy Whaley, as president of the PGA of America, at the association’s annual meeting in Indian Wells, Calif. (“What is PGA of America trying to hide?” Nov. 7). Whaley, the PGA’s 41st president, is the first female leader of the 28,000-plus member association in its 102-year history.


November 15-18
Club pros: Assistant PGA Professional Championship

PGA GC (Wanamaker), Port St. Lucie, Fla.

European Tour: DP World Tour Championship

Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

PGA Tour: RSM Classic

Sea Island (Ga.) Resort (Seaside)

LPGA: CME Group Tour Championship

Tiburon GC (Gold), Naples, Fla.

November 16-19
Junior boys/girls: PGA Junior League Championship

Grayhawk Club (Raptor), Scottsdale, Ariz.

November 19-22
Junior boys/girls: Rolex Tournament of Champions

PGA National Resort (Champion and Fazio), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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