After the Dec. 21 issue, Morning Read will not publish again until Jan. 2
by Mike Purkey

As we end one year and shortly start another, it’s not too early to think about 2019. Here are eight questions for which we’ll be looking for answers:

Can Tiger Woods win another major? He can, but with some qualifiers. There’s no issue about his physical tools. He proved in 2018 that he has plenty of game to win anytime, anywhere. So, the question becomes: Is he mentally tough enough and sufficiently confident that when the big shots are needed on the biggest stages that he can get it across the finish line? He had the lead on the front nine on the final day at the British Open at Carnoustie and couldn’t beat Francesco Molinari. The old Tiger wouldn’t have done that. But we’ll likely never get much more than a glimpse of the old Tiger again, will we?


Golf’s great divide: Them vs. us
It seems as if some enthusiastic Morning Read readers have masochistic tendencies (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Dec. 17). Let's continue to stifle the growth of the game. No sense in making a difficult game easier.

Because the majority of course conditions aren't groomed to PGA Tour tournament standards and there is a relative minority of golfers taking care to rake bunkers and fix divots properly, why not bifurcate the rules? Why not relax the rules for the majority of golfers?


by Leonard Finkel

Think you know a lot about golf shafts? Think again! Did you know there are no standards for shaft flex? It can mean something different for every manufacturer. Playability tolerances in each category of stiff or regular are vast! To understand this better, I spoke with several shaft industry leaders: Fujikura’s VP of Sales Chad Embrey; Victor Afable, CEO of VA Composites; Gawain Robertson, President of ACCRA/True Temper Plus; and Nick Sherburne, co-founder of Club Champion.

Found: In the Barry Burn next to the Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links hotel, the body of a Dundee police officer on Sunday afternoon, Dundee’s Evening Telegraph newspaper reported. No foul play was suspected in the death of Dean Morrison, 40, a 16-year veteran of the force.



Number of players among the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking who will compete in next month’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the European Tour announced. Foremost among the world’s elite players will be Americans Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, ranked Nos. 1 and 3, respectively, in the world. Also, No. 12 Tommy Fleetwood of England and No. 25 Henrik Stenson of Sweden have committed.



Hawk & Rude: Rules school
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts discuss the upcoming changes to the Rules of Golf with USGA official Craig Winter.


Hawaii’s Turtle Bay Resort has retained Troon for management services. Turtle Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu, features 36 holes of golf, on the Arnold Palmer Course and the George Fazio Course.


Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort’s No. 4 course has been named “Best new course you can play” in 2018 by Golf Magazine. No. 4, a 1919 Donald Ross design that was redesigned by Tom Fazio in 1999, underwent an overhaul recently by architects Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner. No. 4 will co-host the U.S. Amateur next summer, with the tournament concluding on the resort’s nearby No. 2.


The U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance will support golf for the disabled during next month’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. The USAGA, which will host a display at the Orange County Convention Center, will emphasize the ways that the disabled can play and compete in golf and benefit from the game.


December 18-21
Women’s amateur: Dixie Women’s Amateur

Woodlands CC (East), Tamarac, Fla.

December 19-22
Men’s amateur: South Beach International Amateur

Miami Beach (Fla.) GC

December 28-30
Men’s amateur: Orlando International Amateur

Orange County National (Panther Lake, Crooked Cat), Winter Garden, Fla.

Women’s amateur: Arizona Silver Belle

Talking Stick GC, Scottsdale, Ariz.

December 28-31
Men’s amateur: Patriot All-America

Wigwam Golf Resort, Litchfield Park, Ariz.

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