by Bill Fields

Yachts large and larger were docked at Albany in the Bahamas last week, one of them, “Privacy,” belonging to the host of the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods. It wasn’t the best of weeks on the course for Woods in the limited-field event that supports his TGR Foundation, but there are worse places to finish next-to-last than on a warm, sunny island less than a month before Christmas.

Woods’ performance in his last competition of 2018 will be a tiny footnote to his year, given that he nearly won the British Open and the PGA Championship and did win the Tour Championship, lifting a trophy less than two years after having difficulty walking due to the pain caused by a serious lower-back problem. With his first victory in five years, his 80th on the PGA Tour, Woods edged closer to Sam Snead’s record of 82 titles.


Etiquette and urgency: Golf’s perfect pairing
Talk about a convergence of stories. On Thursday, Morning Read featured Ted Bishop's fantastic ideas about combating entitled, lazy players who won't take care of the golf course (“It’s time to erase marks of course clods,” Dec. 6), and John Fischer's delightful letter about how Bobby Jones never dawdled while playing (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Dec. 6).

The reality: The guy who won't take care of the course or play at a reasonable pace is usually one in the same person. Educating that guy (and suspending him from the course, if he chooses not to learn) would be a service to every golfer.


Released: By the LPGA, its 2019 schedule, which will feature 33 tournaments and a tour-record $70.55 million in prize money plus the biennial Solheim Cup. That’s an increase of one tournament and $5.2 million in prize money from 2018, according to the LPGA. The season begins with the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on Jan. 17-20 in Orlando, Fla.



Number of Southern Methodist alumni who will captain the two opposing teams in the third annual Go Vacaciones Cozumel Cup on Dec. 13-15 in Cozumel, Mexico, the PGA Tour announced. The competition pits 10-man teams of the top money winners from the developmental Latinoamerica and Canadian tours in a three-day competition.



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.


PGA National Resort & Spa announced its annual “12 Days of PGA” holiday celebration. The festivities run Dec. 21 through Jan. 1 and include Christmas and New Year’s Eve programs for the resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


Global Value Commerce launched a 12-day giveaway for golf prizes through Dec. 17. The “12 Days of Giving” sweepstakes will be held on, the e-commerce site for GVC’s new and used golf gear.


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.

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