THURSDAY  | DECEMBER 13, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Regrets? Frank Sinatra sang that he had a few but then again, too few to mention.

What about golf in the 2000s? I’ve had a few, but not too few to mention. Here is my list of the tournaments that would have been improved with different endings – from my point of view. Writers root for the best stories to tell, which is their way of rooting for themselves, really. I liked the tales of all of these major champions, but from a selfish editing standpoint, some could’ve been better.

Which 21st-century tournament endings would you alter?

 



Golf need not be so difficult, even for puritans
Daniel Cahill's letter leads me to believe that he grew up in some puritanical cult (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Dec. 12).

Where in the traditions of golf does it say that the game has to be too hard for many and too complicated for most? We play golf for recreation and enjoyment, not self-flagellation.

 


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Winning percentage in 14 career starts for South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, which begins today in Malelane, South Africa. Schwartzel, 34, has won the title four times and added four runners-up in the event.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

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As the year winds down, co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. look ahead to Maui, wrap up the QBE Shootout and preview the PNC Father-Son Challenge. Encore feature interviews welcome Pete Charleston from GolfLogix and David Feaser from PeakVision Sunglasses.


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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Cascata has made its debut among the “Best 100 Resort Courses” in Golfweek magazine’s Ultimate Guide, the resort in Boulder City, Nev., announced. Cascata, a Rees Jones design, ranked No. 51.

 

Big Max has been selected to supply push carts to the renovated No. 4 course at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, the manufacturer reported. Pinehurst joins such acclaimed golf properties as St. Andrews’ Old Course and Gleneagles in the U.K. and Chambers Bay and Eisenhower Golf Club in the U.S. in offering Big Max push carts for use by players.

 

Tour Edge has signed instructor Shawn Humphries as a performance coach to represent the club manufacturer, the company announced. He oversees Shawn Humphries Golf Performance Schools and founded Elite Performance Systems in Grapevine, Texas.

 

Skip Kendall played an Exotics 3-wood during his runner-up finish at the recent Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament, manufacturer Tour Edge reported. Kendall earned one of five exemptions from the qualifier for the 2019 season on the 50-and-older tour.

 

Short Par 4 will sponsor the Amateur Long Drive Championship Series, officials announced. Short Par 4 is a box subscription service that ships golf apparel, footwear and accessories to golfers.

 


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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