MONDAY  | NOVEMBER 26, 2018
by John Hawkins

It was meaningless golf taken to a whole new level, a steep decline from the Skins Games of the 1980s and challenge matches featuring Tiger Woods in his heyday. There were times when it was hard to watch and even more difficult to hear, as the seven men assigned to call the event repeatedly drowned out the competitors, both of whom were wearing microphones, neither of whom had much to say.

Of course, it’s tough to talk trash when you’re missing greens with short irons and squandering virtually every scoring opportunity outside 8 feet. Ultimately, that’s what made Friday’s “The Match: Tiger vs. Phil” such a profound bust.

 



Satisfaction? For 20 bucks, you can start me up
First of all, I have to confess that I watched the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match. I figured, Why not spend $20 for five hours of golf entertainment when I’ve spent $400 for the latest and greatest driver that claims will add 10 yards ... and after a couple of rounds, it’s in the basement with the other latest and greatest.

“The Match” had its good and bad moments, but as a golf fan, I found it entertaining, even if a lot of it was “crappy” golf.

 


Announced: By Kevin Chappell, that he will undergo microdiscectomy surgery this week to alleviate ongoing back pain. In a posting on Instagram, Chappell, 32, acknowledged that “2018 has been a tough year for me physically.”

 


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Number of times that Belgium has won the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf as Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry teamed for a three-stroke victory Sunday at Metropolitan Golf Club in suburban Melbourne, Australia. The Belgians overcame four bogeys in the final round to shoot 4-under 68 for a 23-under 265 total. Australia’s Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith, the pre-tournament favorites, shared second with Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and Roberto Diaz at 20-under 268.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Nippon Shaft recently posted victories on the top male and female professional tours in Japan, the company announced. The winner of the Dunlop Phoenix tournament on the Japan Golf Tour used N.S. Pro Modus Tour 130 X steel shafts in his irons. The winner of the Daio Paper Elleair Ladies Open on the LPGA of Japan Tour played N.S. Pro Modus Prototype STL in her irons.

 


CALENDAR
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


      
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