TUESDAY  | JANUARY 29, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

The greatest call of Johnny Miller’s broadcasting career also was among the easiest: Retirement.

Miller will be 72 in April. He hasn’t lost much off his fastball, he still paints the corners of the plate with insights like no one else, and as far as being the No. 1 golf analyst in TV history, he retired the trophy a long time ago.

 



by Alex Miceli

As the European Tour made the trek across the desert from Dubai to the west coast of Saudi Arabia for the inaugural Saudi International, the main topic of conversation Monday was Mike Burrow.

Burrow, who caddies for China’s Haotong Li, took a bit too long behind Li’s ball on the 18th hole Sunday in the final round at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, costing his player a two-shot penalty and nearly $100,000.

 


A vote for change at World Golf Hall of Fame
Like Gary Van Sickle in his commentary Monday (“It’s time for Golf Hall of Fame to evolve,” Jan. 28), I believe that the induction ceremony for the World Golf Hall of Fame always should be in St. Augustine, Fla., and organizers need to find a golf-appropriate time to announce the inductees. Also, as Van Sickle mentions, the hall needs to have more elaborate displays of the greats of the game, past and present.

I have been to other sports halls of fame. After the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., I find the World Golf Hall of Fame to be my favorite, but it could have more. I love the history of golf, but many golfers don’t really seem to care. That’s sad, considering that golf has been around longer than other sports.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Grip maker Lamkin congratulated spokesman Justin Rose for his victory Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open. Playing with Lamkin’s R.E.L. ACE grips, Rose posted a two-shot victory at Torrey Pines in San Diego, his 10th career title on the PGA Tour. The victory solidified his No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

 

Big Max showcased its 2019 products during the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. Among the top items that the company exhibited last week at the Orange County Convention Center were the Blade IP push cart and its fold-flat mechanism, plus the line of waterproof Aqua and water-resistant Dri Lite golf bags. Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” and Golf.com were among the media outlets that profiled Big Max’s line of bags.

 

Hal Sutton will play the Champions Tour this season while representing Boot Ranch, a private-club community in Fredericksburg, Texas, where the 14-time PGA Tour winner designed the golf course. Sutton, 60, will wear the Boot Ranch logo and has filmed a commercial to be shown this spring during some PGA Tour and Champions Tour telecasts. Sutton is expected to play next week’s Oasis Championship in Boca Raton, Fla., his first tour start since May 2017.

 

Reynolds Lake Oconee launched a sweepstakes today, with the grand prize being a four-day, three-night golf getaway for four at the Greensboro, Ga., resort. The package, which includes lodging, transportation, meals, apparel and three rounds of golf, is valued at more than $16,500. The Reynolds 360: You + Three Sweepstakes ends April 22.

 

Arcis Advantage, the club-management division of Arcis Golf, will oversee operations at the two semi-private golf courses at White Bluff Resort in Whitney, Texas, Arcis announced. White Bluff’s courses are undergoing extensive renovations, as are the two clubhouses within the 3,450-acre community.

 

Salish Cliffs Golf Club in Shelton, Wash., has joined the Native American Golf & Culture Travel brand membership program, officials announced. Salish Cliffs is part of the Little Creek Casino Resort and owned by the Squaxin Island Tribe.

 


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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