MONDAY  | JANUARY 21, 2019
by Len Ziehm

The LPGA opened its season with what organizers billed as “the most unique event in golf.’’ Well, it might well have been that.

The field for the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions did feature 26 players who had won LPGA tournaments in 2017 or 2018. Since the circuit tried limited-field Tournament of Champions events at various sites from 1994 to 2007, bringing its winners together wasn’t all that unusual.



Embrace new rules and don’t be a fuddy-duddy
Mike Purkey must have stumbled into a penalty area. He is all wet on his column about going back to the old rules (“Flagstick, drop rules should be reversed,” Jan. 18).

First, leaving the flagstick in the hole is going back to the old rule. I cannot see the controversy here. As for the criticism from Justin Thomas, he sounds like a middle-school girl having a bad hair day.



Number of career victories on the PGA Tour for American rookie Adam Long, who held off playing competitors Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin down the stretch Sunday at the Desert Classic in La Quinta, Calif. The trio were tied at 25 under on the final hole before Long sank a 14-foot birdie putt on the Stadium Course’s par-4 18th hole to win. He shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 in the final round for a 26-under 262 total. Mickelson, 48, a 43-time winner on Tour who held a two-stroke lead after 54 holes, shot 69 to tie Hadwin (67) for runner-up. Long, 31, a 2010 Duke graduate, had missed his past three cuts in four starts this season. He played the past four seasons on the Tour, on which he made 113 career starts without a victory (scores).


Ended: By Phil Mickelson, a streak of 28 consecutive appearances in his hometown PGA Tour event, the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. Mickelson, 48, is a three-time winner at Torrey Pines, where play will begin Thursday without him.



Desert Fox Golf announced plans to make its first appearance at the PGA Merchandise Show, which will be held Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla. Desert Fox will introduce a new color, gray, to complement its original orange-colored Phone Caddy cellphone holder. Desert Fox will exhibit in booth No. 1783 in the Orange County Convention Center.


TecTecTec is holding a sale to celebrate its appearance at this week’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. Through Jan. 26, customers will receive 20 percent off any golf rangefinder on, the company announced. Use the promo code PGA20 at checkout. The offer includes TecTecTec’s customary free shipping, a two-year warranty and a 30-day refund guarantee.


Premier Golf aims to make an impression with its tour operators wearing kilts and moving to the sounds of a bagpiper during the PGA Merchandise Show on Jan. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla. Premier Golf will be located in booth No. 3672 at the Orange County Convention Center and highlight its tours to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada’s eastern maritime provinces.


January 20-23 Bahamas Great Abaco Classic

Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Great Abaco, Bahamas

January 22-25
Women’s amateur: Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur

Coral Ridge CC, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

January 23-25
Industry: PGA Merchandise Show

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

January 24-27
PGA Tour: Farmers Insurance Open

Torrey Pines (South) GC, San Diego

European: Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Emirates GC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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