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by John Hawkins

Having shown immense promise while auditioning for the role of pro golf’s lead villain several years ago, Patrick Reed clearly won the part in 2018. Not since Vijay Singh has the game featured a surly loner with a green jacket and a bulletproof vest, so Reed lands in rare company with his Masters victory.

That should be quite a champions dinner at Augusta National in April. Perhaps Reed will serve a rump roast, to remind everyone in attendance which part of his anatomy they can kiss. And given how things went down at the Ryder Cup, the menu definitely should include french fries.


by Gary Van Sickle

You drive a sport utility vehicle, and I carry a waterproof golf bag, but we’re both living the same fantasy: We think we’re the Marlboro Man. Or maybe Indiana Jones.

You’re sure that you will commandeer your spiffy SUV into the wilderness to claw through imposing rock piles, forge raging streams and climb a high sierra to reach the stunning view atop a stark butte while your supermodel wife laughs at the sun with her blindingly white teeth.


Untuck the pins and watch pace of play hasten
Jim Kavanagh's letter about golf not needing to be made so difficult struck yet another chord with me, especially with regard to pace of play (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Dec. 13).

My retired friends and I typically play on Friday mornings during the April-November golf season here in Michigan. We often are amazed (unpleasantly) at pin positions during the height of the summer. When did it become routine at municipal courses to set a flag on a slope? Or a mere 3 feet from the steep edge of a greenside bunker?



The Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
Now that the 2018 golf season is in the books, co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. wrap up the year and take an in-depth look at the major championships.

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.


Chip Sullivan has been hired as the general manager and director of golf at Royal New Kent in New Kent, Va., the club announced. The course, designed by architect Mike Strantz, is undergoing a renovation and scheduled to reopen in April.


Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has introduced Club Car’s Tempo Walk to its course offerings at the Hilton Head Island, S.C., club. The autonomous golf caddie units offer players hands-free remote control and GPS yardage so that they can enjoy a walking round of golf.


CourseCo, a course-management company, has been picked for a 2019 President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. CourseCo will receive the award Feb. 6 during the opening session of the Golf Industry Show in San Diego.


Twenty-six Troon-affiliated facilities have been named winners of the 2019 Platinum Award, the Association of Golf Merchandisers announced. The awards recognize top golf shops from private, public, resort and off-course properties.


Defending champion Mason Overstreet, a junior at Arkansas, will lead an 84-man field in the Patriot All-America Invitational this month in Litchfield Park, Ariz. All-Americans from the NCAA’s three divisions, plus NAIA and the NJCAA, will play at Wigwam Golf Club on Dec. 29-31.


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 29-31
Men’s amateur: Patriot All-America

Wigwam Golf Resort, Litchfield Park, Ariz.

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