WEDNESDAY  | JANUARY 30, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

Tim Woods spent part of Tuesday morning at the Waste Management Phoenix Open driving Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo around the TPC Scottsdale grounds. Not a bad gig unless you’re, say, a Cardinals fan.

It may have been Rizzo’s first WMPO visit, and it was something like folks from Keokuk, Iowa, staring up in amazement at the New York City skyscrapers. There aren’t skyscrapers at TPC Scottsdale, but there are large, white-roofed structures everywhere you look – if you can see past the big ones near the clubhouse. The total number of golf-course structures is somewhere around 400. Plus, who goes to a golf tournament on a Tuesday? In Scottsdale, an army of fans, Rizzo discovered.

 



by Alex Miceli

In a game in which perfection lies just beyond the reach even of world-class golfers, Bryson DeChambeau nonetheless aims for the ideal.

Speaking Tuesday before the European Tour’s inaugural Saudi International, DeChambeau dismissed a suggestion that his tournament-record victory last week in Dubai might have been his best golf yet.

 


Miller impresses as a genuine sports role model
What a great article on Johnny Miller by Gary Van Sickle (“Miller to sign off this week as best in golf,” Jan. 29). I never understood the haters, either. After Van Sickle wrote about his close relationship with Miller, I have a personal story I’d like to share.

I had recently graduated from Florida State and attended the early rounds of the 1971 Greater Jacksonville Open. I very much enjoyed following the new guys on the PGA Tour, such as my classmate Hubert Green.

 


1.7

Average number of yards of increase in driving distance on seven men’s and women’s professional golf tours worldwide, according to the 2018 Annual Driving Distance Report released Tuesday by the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A. The increase follows a jump of more than 3 yards in 2017.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy will return to Orlando, Fla., to defend his title in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, tournament officials announced. Among the other early commitments to the March 7-10 event at Bay Hill Club & Lodge were England’s Justin Rose, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, and American Rickie Fowler.

 

Horseshoe Bay (Texas) Resort is wrapping up its $70 million renovation, which includes updates to its three Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed courses, officials said. The resort, northwest of Austin in Texas’ Hill Country, also features a fourth course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the Whitewater Putting Course.

 

Manchester Country Club in Bedford, N.H., has hired Jefferson May to be the director of golf, the club announced. May had been the director of golf at The Muttontown Club in East Norwich, N.Y. MCC also promoted Brian Moskevich to head golf professional, and he will serve under May. Manchester, a 1923 Donald Ross design, will play host to the New England PGA Championship this year.

 

Five Kauai golf courses have been named “Best of Hawaii” by the Golf Advisor rating service, the Kauai Visitors Bureau announced. Princeville Makai Golf Club ranked No. 2 to lead the Kauai courses, followed by No. 7 Poipu Bay, No. 13 Puakea Golf Course, No. 17 Ocean Course at Hokuala and No. 19 Wailua.

 

Color Path Golf introduced its color-coded coaching concept to the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. Co-founders Kevin Merry and John Glenn demonstrated the kit, and instructor Garrett Froggatte previewed the concept on Golf Channel.

 

Short Par 4, which ships branded golf apparel to subscribers, announced an agreement with Web.com Tour player Kevin Lucas to endorse the company. Lucas will wear Short Par 4-scripted gear on the developmental tour in 2019.

 


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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