by Jeff Babineau

From the town-center breakfast joint to men reflecting on their latest 18 holes with a draft in a chilled mug at the local VFW, those who have an affinity for golf, who’ve watched for any measure of years, have a common knee-jerk refrain when discussing PGA Tour player Charles Howell III.

As in, Why didn’t that kid ever make it? Well, here’s a flash: He did. He has. He is.


Double down on pace of play, with no bluffing
Here’s an idea regarding pace of play (“Pros explain slow play: It’s the other guy,” Nov. 14): Part of the issue is that there really are times when the PGA Tour’s 50-second/40-second time allotment per stroke is not enough.

A possible solution is to follow the lead being used on some World Poker Tour events, to speed up basic play and also account for those occasionally tough, legitimate time-consuming instances. WPT players get a specific number of time-extension chips that they can use at their discretion. Adopt a similar policy for PGA Tour players.



Number of consecutive weeks that the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking has changed. With Monday’s updated ranking, England’s Justin Rose, who hasn’t played in the past two weeks, returned to No. 1, bumping American Brooks Koepka, who finished 12th in the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan, to No. 2. A week earlier, Koepka had ended Rose’s one-week reign. All told, the top of the ranking has changed six times in the past 11 weeks.


Selected: Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Conn., as host site of the boys and girls Junior PGA Championships in 2019, the PGA of America announced. The girls will play July 9-12, and the boys will play July 30-Aug. 2. Keney Park is a Devereux Emmet design that dates to 1927.



Hawk & Rude: Turkey drumsticks and Chuckie Threesticks
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts share stories about Charles Howell III, who won last week at Sea Island for just the third time in his 19-plus seasons on the PGA Tour. The hosts also preview the upcoming Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match.


Two Troon-managed golf facilities received top honors at the World Golf Awards in Murcia, Spain. Buenaventura Golf Club in Coclé, Panama, was recognized as the country’s best golf course, and Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates was named the Middle East’s best golf course.


Kapalua Golf introduced renovations to its Bay Course that include work on the golf shop and the adjacent Kapalua Golf Academy on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The Bay Course has been rerouted to improve pace of play and enhance the closing stretch of holes.


Oglebay Resort will celebrate the season with its Winter Festival of Lights through Jan. 1 at the resort in Wheeling, W.Va. The attraction includes 90 lighted attractions with more than 1 million LED lights. Also, Oglebay’s Speidel Golf Club will be offering golf equipment and apparel for 20 percent off through the end of the year.


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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