WEDNESDAY  | NOVEMBER 14, 2018
by Adam Schupak

In the Nov. 6 edition of Morning Read, John Hawkins concluded his story on golf's pace-of-play issue by writing, “Slow play has been dogging pro golf forever. It’s high time that we make it yesterday’s news.” (“It’s time to call foul on Tour’s stall tactics”).

I couldn't agree with him more, but I've also come to the conclusion that it is wishful thinking and easier said than done. Here's golf's slow-play problem in a nutshell: no one ever thinks that he is a slow player.

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER
by Gary Van Sickle

Golf still has room to grow in America.

Indoors. I’m not kidding. Golf simulators never have been more sophisticated, and their popularity is growing. Screen golf, as simulator golf is called, is huge in South Korea, where screen golfers outnumber outdoor golfers, and it’s starting to gain traction in the U.S.

 


Kuchar vs. Westwood would trump other match
I heard a rumor today that a couple of famous golfers were going to tee it up in a match soon. Given the great results over the weekend, I thought it would be Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood (“Kuchar, Westwood revel in art of winning,” Nov. 13). You can guess my disappointment when I found out who it really is: Who cares?

Kooch and Westy. Who wouldn't want to see those two go head-to-head? Golf, respect, and behavior as they should be. $1,000 a hole for the winner's favorite charity; not a fortune but, like the rest of us every weekend, it's the handshake and the handover of the cash that really matters.

 


Disclosed: By Rory McIlroy, that he likely will relinquish his European Tour membership for the 2018-19 season. McIlroy, 29, a four-time major champion from Northern Ireland, intends to focus on the PGA Tour and might not meet the minimum requirement for membership on his home tour.

 


1-2-3

The top-seeded players in the Race to the CME Globe who will be paired together in the final group off the first tee at 10:41 a.m. EST Thursday in the first round of the LPGA’s CME Group Championship. No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who is the defending champion, will play with No. 2 Minjee Lee of Australia and No. 3 Brooke Henderson of Canada at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla. (tee times).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
The Grill Room took a page out of the history books as 40-somethings Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood won over the weekend, and Bernhard Langer, 61, claimed the Charles Schwab Cup. Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss the trend with Morning Read founder Alex Miceli. Feature interview: Suzy Whaley, president of the PGA of America.


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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Casa de Campo Resort and Villas will host Women’s Getaway with Suzy Whaley on Dec. 7-10, the Caribbean resort announced. Whaley, who recently was elected as the first female president of the PGA of America, will play host to the event at resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Prices for the four-day, three-night stay begin at $1,899 per person, double occupancy, and include unlimited play on Casa de Campo’s three Pete Dye-designed courses.

 

Valley of the Eagles Golf Club in Elyria, Ohio, has been named “Best U.S. Remodel of 2018" by Golf Magazine in its December issue, the club reported. Valley of the Eagles, set on the site of the former Spring Valley Country Club, was redesigned by Nicklaus Design. The course opened for daily-fee play on Aug. 8.

 

As Thanksgiving draws near, Peakvision Sunglasses offered thanks to its customers for a successful season, said David Feaser, the company’s chief executive officer. Peakvision offers a 30-day, money-back guarantee on purchases of its products.

 

TecTecTec introduced the ULT-X rangefinder, which the manufacturer bills as its most advanced model. The ULT-X vibrates when a target is identified, and it provides optional slope toggle.

 

The winner of the recent Charles Schwab Cup Championship played with Lamkin grips, the manufacturer reported. He used the Lamkin UTx grips to win the Champions Tour’s season-ending event.

 

The Everglades Golf Course Superintendents Association donated $5,000 to the Environmental Institute for Golf. The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America will play its annual national championship on Feb. 2-4 during the Golf Industry Show in San Diego. The competition will be held at five courses in the San Diego area, including Torrey Pines North and Aviara Golf Club, host sites for the PGA Tour and LPGA, respectively.

 


CALENDAR
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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