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

With apologies to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2018 was the Year of Tiger, not the dog. After stirring memories again at the Hero World Challenge in late 2017 that his surgically-repaired back might hold up, Woods looked to reignite his playing career yet again, and I enjoyed an inside-the-ropes view for much of it. Woods is good for business, especially the golf-writing business.

But when Woods missed the cut by a mile at the Genesis Open, his second start of the season, it felt like I'd seen this movie before. Nothing was more painful to watch than the season of 2015, when a case of the chipping yips meant that Woods barely could crack an egg. Yet Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, who had played with Woods at Riviera in February, kept saying they thought he was close, and it didn't feel as if they were just pandering to their fallen idol.


Grow the game? Start with longer fairways
Like most golfers, my handicap is increasing at the same rate as my age. But whether in my long-gone youth with a 7 handicap or now with a frustrating 16, I always have found it easier to hit the ball from the first cut, with my ball sitting up just a bit, rather than a tightly mowed fairway (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Dec. 19).

Too many courses accommodate the 5-10 percent of their golfers who prefer a tight lie from which they can spin the ball. If fairways were kept a quarter- or half-inch longer, the game would be easier and more enjoyable for the vast majority of golfers, and the fairways much healthier.


Introduced: By U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), legislation that would authorize the Justice Department to set minimum standards for states to offer sports betting. Several states now offer sports betting after New Jersey won a Supreme Court challenge in May. The PGA Tour issued a statement Wednesday supporting the bill, known as the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act of 2018.



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.


Carr Golf has offered a holiday gift guide involving trips to some of the most iconic golf courses in the British Isles. Among the 2019 events on the travel operator’s itinerary are the 12th annual Father & Daughter Tournament, the Donald Ross Pro-Am and the Northwest Ireland Golf Trip. Among the courses to be played: Ireland’s Waterville Golf Links and Donegal Golf Club and Scotland’s Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart Golf Links.


Twenty-one coaches affiliated with Golftec received a variety of regional and national honors in 2018 for teaching excellence, the company announced. Golftec offers golf instruction and club fitting at more than 200 sites in the U.S. and abroad.


Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Resort has been named a Platinum Award winner by the Association of Golf Merchandisers. The AGM recognizes the top golf shops at private, public, resort and off-course sectors.


Phoenix (Ariz.) Country Club has been named a Top 150 Platinum Club of America by the Club Leaders Forum. Phoenix placed No. 129 in the listing. The Club Leaders Forum consults within the private-club industry and publishes The Forum magazine.


Salish Cliffs Golf Club in Shelton, Wash., has improved its position among Golfweek magazine’s Top 100 Resort Courses for 2019. The Puget Sound layout moved up to No. 61 in Golfweek’s annual ranking of U.S. resort courses.


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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