TUESDAY  | DECEMBER 4, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

When he was 42, it was a very good year. Tiger Woods and his surprising comeback lifted 2018 from pretty good to darn-near great, as far as men’s golf seasons go.

Sure, there were many memorable non-Tiger moments. Patrick Reed won a tense Masters over Rickie Fowler and charging Jordan Spieth. Brooks Koepka showed off his clutch gene at Shinnecock Hills. Phil Mickelson’s hockey-on-the-green shenanigans added a circus element to a U.S. Open we won’t soon forget.

 



Don’t blame caddies for slow play
I read in amazement your reader’s derogatory comments toward PGA Tour caddies with his “creed” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Dec. 3).

There is no such “creed” among the professional caddies of the world. These people make their living with their expertise and immense skills, assisting the best players in the world.

 


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Position in the Official World Golf Ranking, a career high, for American Tony Finau, who moved up five spots after a runner-up finish Sunday in the Hero World Challenge. Finau, 29, steadily has risen in the world order since he ended 2017 at No. 40.

 



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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Twin Dolphin Golf Club, which features a Fred Couples-designed course, has opened for play, said officials at the club in Los Cabos, Mexico. Twin Dolphin is a 1,400-acre master-planned community at the tip of the Baja California peninsula. The course, on which Couples worked with Todd Eckenrode of Origins Golf Design, sits nearly 200 yards above sea level and offers sweeping ocean views, with the Sierra de la Laguna range as a backdrop.

 

The inaugural Annika Invitational Australasia will be played at Royal Wellington Golf Club in Wellington, New Zealand, on Dec. 14-16, according to officials with the Annika Foundation, the tournament host. The 54-hole stroke-play event will feature girls ages 12-18. The event is part of a global circuit of tournaments sponsored by the foundation run by Annika Sorenstam, a former LPGA star.

 

Puma Golf announced the introduction of its spring and summer line of apparel and accessories. The SS’19 collection features streetwear-inspired designs blended with Puma’s performance gear for wear on and off the golf course.

 


CALENDAR
December 6-9
European: South African Open

Randpark GC, Johannesburg, South Africa

Web.com 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.


      
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