by John Hawkins

My mother wasn’t a golfer, but her father was a very good player, and she loved watching the PGA Tour. This gave us something to talk about for many years, and though she’s been gone for a while now, I remain very thankful for those conversations, however insignificant the actual dialogue might have been.

The game gives to us in so many forms, some of them nebulous or even abstract, others poignant and everlasting. We ruminate over the scourge of slow play. We cringe at the thought of the two richest players of all-time charging us $19.99 to watch a meaningless match in the desert, but golf’s problems are nothing compared to the stuff that plagues other sports.


Play ‘ready golf,’ not head-cover shuffle
I endorse the comments submitted by Bobby K. Goforth on “ready golf” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov. 21). They’re all good points, and players who understand pace of play comply with them.

When I read his comment on the head covers, the bells and whistles started going off for me. This is something that has bothered me for years. I've finally decided that the people who do this after every shot want their golf bag and clubs to look like a photo in a golf magazine. They are not interested in playing golf but rather in conveying an image of someone who enjoys playing golf. This is an obsessive-compulsive disorder more than a pace-of-play problem. They could sit in their backyard and go through this drill.



Odds for tournament host Australia to win the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf, which began today at Metropolitan Golf Club in South Oakleigh, Australia. Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith compose the Aussie team. England (Tyrrell Hatton and Ian Poulter) went off as the 13-2 second choice, and the Americans (Matt Kuchar and Kyle Stanley) were the 15-2 third pick (scores).


Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, Morning Read will not publish on Friday. Morning Read will resume publication on Monday.



Hawk & Rude: 2018 in review
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts discuss the year’s biggest stories and dissect the “trending” factor among the game’s top players.

Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
The Grill Room salutes the late President George H.W. Bush. Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr., plus Morning Read founder Alex Miceli, share their personal experiences with “41.” The feature interview is with Skyigolf spokesman Jeff Babineau.

FROM THE INDUSTRY announced special holiday offers that include free customization and a variety of pre-packaged gift boxes. Orders placed by Dec. 21 will be guaranteed to arrive by Christmas Eve in the U.S., the company said. offers new balls, caps, shoes, bags and clubs from manufacturers.


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, Nassau, Bahamas

December 6-9
European: South African Open

Randpark GC, Johannesburg, South Africa Tour Qualifying Final Stage

Whirlwind GC (Cattail and Devil's Claw), Chandler, Ariz.

December 7-9
PGA Tour exhibition: QBE Shootout

Tiburon GC, Naples, Fla.

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
Copyright © 2018 -