MONDAY  | JANUARY 28, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

A Hall of Fame is really a Hall of Nostalgia. It’s a Hall of I Wish I Were Young Again for visitors who want to reclaim childhood moments as much as they want to honor their sporting heroes.

What makes a good Hall of Fame? Players we care about. Some of us measured the passage of time by the careers of athletes such as Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Unitas, Jim Brown, Hank Aaron, Jerry Rice and others.

 


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'Captain America' ought to accept this mission
The killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi affects us more because he was one of us. His slaying doesn’t carry the same significance to Europeans as it does to us, just as the bombings in London and Paris don’t carry those cities’ pain to us (“Saudis turn to golf for cultural growth,” Jan. 24).

The European Tour has financial and identity concerns as well as an obligation to its members. The tour is not going to turn down events that benefit its members, just as the LPGA doesn’t turn down events in China. Neither group has the luxury of selectivity.

 


Confirmed: By England’s Paul Casey, that he will not play this week in the Saudi International, the European Tour’s debut in Saudi Arabia, citing concerns about the country’s human rights. Casey, 41, a 13-time winner on the European Tour, is a spokesman for UNICEF, a humanitarian-relief organization. The inaugural Saudi International will be played Jan. 31-Feb. 3 amid international criticism about the Oct. 2 assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and frequent critic of the Saudi government.

 


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Number of strokes by which England’s Justin Rose won the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday in San Diego. After making bogey on three of his first five holes at Torrey Pines’ South Course, Rose played the final 13 holes in 5 under to shoot 3-under 69 for a 21-under 267 total. It was the 10th PGA Tour victory for Rose, 38, and cemented his hold on the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss the PGA Merchandise Show, known as the “major of golf business.” Feature interviews from the show include Stephanie Zinser, co-owner of Lynx Golf, and Eddie “Lil’ Pro” Merrins.


Hawk & Rude: A sit-down with a standup guy
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts are joined by longtime swing coach Hank Haney, who discusses former client Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, among other topics.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The 66th PGA Merchandise Show ended Friday after having welcomed nearly 40,000 golf-industry professionals to Orlando, Fla. The annual exposition introduced new products among the 1,000 exhibitors at the Orange County Convention Center.

 


CALENDAR
January 31 - February 3
PGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open

TPC Scottsdale (Ariz.)

Web.com: Country Club de Bogota Championship

CC de Bogota-Lagos, Bogota, Colombia

European: Saudi International

Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia

February 1-3
Men’s amateur: Jones Cup

Ocean Forest GC, Sea Island, Ga.


      
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