MONDAY  | DECEMBER 10, 2018
by Mike Purkey

It’s an utter mystery why the PGA Tour wants golf to be so much like other sports. The greatest and most enduring aspect about the professional game is that it’s the ultimate meritocracy. Success is measured by performance. Period.

You can’t scuffle around and hit .241 and make $12 million a year like you can in Major League Baseball. And you can’t ride the pine and play 12 minutes per game in the National Basketball Association and make more in one year than many professional golfers earn in a career. If PGA Tour players made the cut only .241 of the time, they’d be back in the minors so fast, they couldn’t tell the difference between Nashville and Newburgh.

 



Era of selfishness leaves no time to fill divots
Ted Bishop's comments were spot-on (“It’s time to erase marks of course clods,” Dec. 6). Course etiquette has been abandoned in this time of selfishness and entitlement.

Raking bunkers, filling divots, repairing ball marks and littering (think cigarette butts, snack wrappers and occasionally orange peels) are probably a sign of the times.

 


Reported: That members at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif., have approved $3.6 million in course upgrades as a requirement for a PGA Tour event that would be hosted by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, according to Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle. Kroichick, an occasional contributor to Morning Read, said that Octagon, the sports-management company that would run the tournament, would cover $2.8 million of the improvements, citing an email sent by the Lake Merced president to members. The tournament would be played in September, presumably as part of the PGA Tour’s fall wraparound schedule, which has yet to be released.

 


6

Number of strokes by which South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen won the South African Open on Sunday in Johannesburg. Oosthuizen shot a final-round 4-under 67 for an 18-under 266 total at Randpark Golf Club.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: 2018 in review
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude 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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been recognized among the top 20 country clubs in the nation in the Platinum Clubs of America 2019-20 voting, the club announced. Desert Mountain, which is planning to open a seventh golf course in early 2019, was listed as the No. 19 club in the U.S. and No. 1 in Arizona.

 


CALENDAR
December 13-16
European: Alfred Dunhill Championship

Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa

December 14-16
Champions exhibition: PNC Father-Son Challenge

Ritz-Carlton GC, Orlando, Fla,


      
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