TUESDAY  | NOVEMBER 27, 2018
by Adam Schupak

Soren Kjeldsen always dreamed of playing a full season on the PGA Tour. The Dane had competed for nearly 20 years on the European Tour when he finally took the plunge to play stateside in 2017. But after starting the year at the Sony Open in Hawaii, he lasted only until the Wells Fargo Championship in early May.

"I couldn't do it anymore," said Kjeldsen, who did return to play the Memorial, PGA Championship and a last-gasp effort to retain his playing privileges at the Wyndham Championship later that season but hasn't played in the U.S. since. "It was just quality of life. With me being 42 at the time, I felt too old to be starting all over, and that's what it felt like: starting all over."

 



Long, one-sided and ‘no credible value’
In his article on the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match, John Hawkins overdid even his sometimes-skewed views on the sport of golf (“Next time, maybe Barkley should play,” Nov. 26).

It’s too long of an essay, with no credible value to the common people who pay his wages. Quite possibly, even Hawkins could have at least found room for maybe one sentence or comment that would have mentioned the charity aspect of this match.

 


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Number of consecutive weeks that the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking has changed hands. In the OWGR released Monday, American Brooks Koepka returned to No. 1, bumping England’s Justin Rose to No. 2.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., which is home to a 15-mile private trail system, has installed technology designed to improve the outdoor experience for hikers. The Interactive Trail Guide is a weatherproof, 55-inch touch-screen monitor mounted at the trailhead and offers various routes based on a hiker’s experience.

 

John Geiberger has been hired at Garmany Golf to be the director of collegiate golf and international experiences. In his role, Geiberger, who coached men’s golf at Pepperdine University from 1996 to 2012, will create travel experiences for college golf teams, boosters and alumni and develop fundraising. Geiberger also caddied for his father, Al, on the Champions Tour in the early 1990s.

 

Giants Ridge’s Quarry course was named to Golfweek magazine’s list of Best Resort Courses, the resort in Biwabik, Minn., announced. The Quarry ranked No. 46 on the list, which is part of the recently released 2019 Ultimate Golf Guide.

 

Sailfish Point, an oceanfront community on Hutchinson Island on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, announced that its Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course has been named to Golfweek’s list of Best Residential Courses. Sailfish Point ranked 75th on the list.

 


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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