by Jeff Babineau

This is that sleepy, back-room portion of the PGA Tour schedule when fans often see who won tournaments on Sunday across the bottom scroll of an NFL game. But make no mistake: the pros are out there, working hard, traveling around the globe year-round to try to unlock the secret and make something happen.

Matt Kuchar won in Mexico (Mayakoba Golf Classic) on Sunday, hours after Englishman Lee Westwood had won across the globe in South Africa (Nedbank Challenge). Both men are in their 40s (Kuchar is 40, Westwood 45) and, aside from winning a major championship, have accomplished about all that a golfer can accomplish in this game.


A salute to Andreone and his comrades
Thank you, Gary Van Sickle, for your article (“Army vet/PGA pro left century of lessons,” Nov. 12).

The story of Gus Andreone is the story of many GIs who fought in World War II, including my father, who also was present in the Battle of the Bulge. They survived outdoors for years in all kinds of weather, hardly ever had the luxury of a shower, endured hazards of many types and toward the end marched and fought during one of the coldest winters on record. Their determination, bravery, persistence, divine intervention and often sheer luck afforded them a chance to come home and start careers and families.



Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for American Brooks Koepka, who reclaimed the top spot without having struck a shot last week. Oddly enough, Justin Rose, who dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 after only one week at the top, also was idle.



Hawk & Rude: Kooch’s coach
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts chat with swing instructor Chris O’Connell, who helped turn Matt Kuchar into one of America’s most consistent players.


Fred Couples has renewed his agreement to represent footwear manufacturer Ecco, the Londonderry, N.H., company announced. Couples, the 1992 Masters champion and a World Golf Hall of Fame member, will continue to wear Ecco shoes in competition on the Champions and PGA tours and play from a bag that displays the Ecco logo.


Willie Turnesa, a former member at Knollwood Country Club in Elmsford, N.Y., recently was inducted posthumously into the New York State Golf Association Hall of Fame, the club announced. Turnesa, who died in 2001, won the 1938 and 1948 U.S. Amateur titles, the 1947 British Amateur and played on three Walker Cup teams.


The winner of the recent Charles Schwab Cup Championship played with Nippon Shaft products, the equipment manufacturer announced. He used Nippon’s N.S. Pro Modus Tour 105 steel shafts in his irons and wedges to win the Champions Tour’s season-finale.


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.

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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