by Alex Miceli

Gambling and golf are like peanut butter and jelly. They go together perfectly.

Wagering has been part of the game since its early days. On the PGA Tour, practice rounds are like the green room in pool, with wagers flying constantly.

The PGA Tour’s first foray in officially embracing gambling came in November when Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods played in “The Match,” a made-for-TV, winner-take-all $9 million match-play event. As part of the competition, Mickelson and Woods made individual bets to help boost interest.


by Alex Miceli

Xander Schauffele enjoyed an 18-hole ride that any golfer would love to experience. He shot 11-under 62 on Sunday in the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions to rally from five strokes back and win his fourth title on the PGA Tour.

In tying the Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course record, Schauffele shook off a bogey at the par-4 first hole and chased down 54-hole leader Gary Woodland.


Next step in revising rules: Divot relief

Our group has played several rounds under the new rules. The ruling bodies have made easier rules, but the changes may not speed up the pace of play or grow the game to any significant amount.

The relaxation on the repair of spike marks and ball marks on the green is a step for fairness. It will help those who have to follow the foot dragger for 18 holes. But time on the greens may be longer. Under the old rules, you putted through spike marks; now, you take the extra time to tamp them down.


Confirmed: By the U.S. Golf Association, that it is investigating whether Lucy Li might have violated her amateur status by participating in an Apple Watch advertisement, according to a report by Ryan Herrington. Li, 16, from Redwood Shores, Calif., is No. 9 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.



Number of eagles that American Xander Schauffele posted in a final-round 11-under 62 Sunday to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course in Maui, Hawaii. After he made bogey on the first hole, Schauffele ran off eight birdies and two eagles, including a hole-out from 107 yards at the par-4 12th, to finish at 23-under 269. Schauffele, 25, has won four times in the past 18 months and was projected to climb four spots, to No. 6, in the Official World Golf Ranking (scores).



The Inventors Spotlight will showcase new golf equipment, accessories and training aids during the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The spotlight, organized with the United Inventors Association, will offer three awards: most innovative concept, best marketing and best in show.


Jane 1530 will introduce its golf-lifestyle brand at the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla. The company, which will be featured in the New Product Zone at the Orange County Convention Center, will highlight two product kits: an 18-piece clothing set and a 22-piece housewares collection.


January 9-12
Women’s amateur: Harder Hall Women’s Golf Invitational

Harder Hall CC, Sebring, Fla

January 10-13
PGA Tour: Sony Open in Hawaii

Waialae CC, Honolulu

January 13-16 Bahamas Great Exuma Classic

Sandals Emerald Bay GC, Great Exuma, Bahamas

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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