by Alex Miceli

Amid fires raging in California, CNN’s Jim Acosta’s effort to reclaim White House media access and the Florida election recount looking like Groundhog Day, a little sparkle of news floated out of the Middle East last week.

Rory McIlroy, a four-time major champion, was letting the assembled media at the DP World Tour Championship know that he was scheduled to play only two pure European Tour events in 2019.


by Mike Purkey

Questions to ponder while trying to find someone who gives a rip about the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match…

Before we go all breathless about Cameron Champ, shouldn’t we wait to see how he does against Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, et al., instead of how he did against Corey Conners, Carlos Ortiz, Sam Burns, Anders Albertson, Adam Schenk, et al.?


Would you have rushed Mozart or Baryshnikov?
Unlike the players in other sports, professional golfers see themselves as artists, performers who fall into reveries while they contemplate a shot, like dancers with a solo to perform (“Pros explain slow play: It’s the other guy,” Nov. 14). Each player sees him (or her) self as the star of a mini drama, without regard to other players. The idea of learning to make informed, prompt decisions and moving right along to accommodate other players on the course is alien to them.

(A large part of this is because golf essentially is not a team sport. The Ryder Cup and similar events might run into trouble for this very reason.)



Score on the second playoff hole, a birdie, as American Charles Howell III outlasted countryman Patrick Rodgers on Sunday to win the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic on St. Simons Island, Ga. Rodgers had surged up the leaderboard on the weekend, shooting a final-round 8-under 62 after a third-round 61 at Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course to tie Howell at 19-under 263. Howell, 39, who earned $1.152 million from the $6.4 million purse, won for only the third time since joining the PGA Tour in 2001.


Swept: By Ariya Jutanugarn, the LPGA’s major awards for 2018. Jutanugarn, 22, of Thailand, won the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average (69.415) and claimed the season-long Race to the CME Globe and its $1 million bonus. Jutanugarn already had won the tour’s player-of-the-year and money titles and is No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings.



The eight Dallas-Fort Worth golf facilities managed by Arcis Golf, which is based in Dallas, have been honored by Avid Golfer Magazine in its annual “Best of Public Golf” edition. Foremost among the Arcis Golf-operated properties, Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas, was named best overall golf club in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the 17th consecutive year, according to Arcis.


Matt Lomasney has been promoted to managing director at Provision Events, the company announced. Lomasney had been Provision Events’ head of production since March. He replaces Nick Clemens, who will be guiding the company’s business-development strategy.


The recent renovation at Boca Lago Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., has been recognized by the American Society of Golf Course Architects’ design excellence recognition program. The ASGCA program, in its seventh year, saluted the $9 million project, which was overseen by architect Jan Bel Jan.


K-Motion Interactive congratulated 25 K-Motion-certified coaches upon their being included as among the best young teachers in America by Golf Digest magazine. K-Motion promotes human-motion learning for a variety of sports, including golf, and physical therapy.


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.

November 22-25
European: Honma Hong Kong Open

Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong

Men’s pro: ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf

Metropolitan GC, South Oakleigh, Australia

November 23
Men’s pro exhibition: Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson

Shadow Creek GC, Las Vegas

November 27-30
Champions: Qualifying Tournament Final Stage

TPC Tampa Bay, Lutz, Fla.

November 29 - December 2
European: Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open

Four Seasons GC Mauritius at Anahita, Beau Champ, Mauritius

European: Australian PGA Championship

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Australia

PGA Tour exhibition: Hero World Challenge

Albany Club, New Providence, Bahamas

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