THURSDAY  | NOVEMBER 29, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Arnold Palmer did something at the 1960 Masters that hasn’t been duplicated in 50 years.

In the final round, he hit a 35-foot uphill putt at the 16th hole that clanged off the flagstick, which he’d intentionally left in the cup. Palmer’s choice, which was legal then, looked second-guessable. He trailed Ken Venturi by one shot, and an unidentified announcer on the YouTube video of those Masters highlights somberly summarized Palmer’s plight: “That, conceivably, could have been the biggest stroke of this tournament.”

 



Is there no end to the Tiger Woods hype?
I understand that it is the slow season for professional golf. I understand that we are thus subjected to utterly silly events, with the golf played being secondary to the entertainment value. Think “The Match,” and now this week’s Hero World Challenge. This is what we endure until January.

But, must we really endure more shameless Tiger Woods hype? (“Woods lifts hope for major revival in ’19,” Nov. 28).

 


Named: Greg McLaughlin, to the combined posts of overseeing the World Golf Foundation, The First Tee and the World Golf Hall of Fame. He will be chief executive officer of the WGF, which represents golf’s major organizations in supporting the game worldwide; president of The First Tee, which introduces the game to youngsters; and chief executive of the Hall of Fame. The positions had been held by three executives.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Blasts on the past
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, golf historian Martin Davis joins the hosts and drops a couple of opinionated bombshells that you might not believe.


Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. review the recent Phil Mickelson-Tiger Woods match, and Morning Read’s Alex Miceli discusses the made-for-TV showdown. The feature interview is with Barney Adams, who talks about his latest invention, the Stability Shaft for putters.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort has been named to the list of Top 100 Resort Courses in Golfweek’s 2019 Ultimate Guide, the Hilton Head Island, S.C., resort announced. The course, site of the PGA Tour’s annual RBC Heritage, ranked 18th.

 


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, Nassau, Bahamas


      
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