THURSDAY  | FEBRUARY 7, 2019
by Adam Schupak

Move over, Andrew “Beef” Johnston. Hosung Choi is golf's latest sensation. To recap quickly, Choi, 45, from South Korea, is making his PGA Tour debut this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with one of four unrestricted exemptions.

Choi's unconventional corkscrew swing – dubbed the fisherman's swing – went viral this summer, making him a fan favorite. It prompted a PGA instructor to launch an online petition, which generated more than 5,000 signatures, to get Choi a sponsor’s exemption into the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

 



by Alex Miceli

Did anyone really expect that when the USGA and R&A decided to substantially overhaul the Rules of Golf that the finished product wouldn’t truly be finished?

Of course not.

On Jan. 1, the new rules became the law of the golf land, but in only a month, three changes have gotten most of the headlines: the mandatory knee-high drop; the option to leave the flagstick in the hole when putting; and the caddie standing behind a player when setting up before a stroke.

 


Why won’t European Tour suspend Garcia? Money
There's been much written about Sergio Garcia's so-called meltdown in the third round of the Saudi International (“Spaniards steer Garcia toward apology,” Feb. 4). Many sportswriters have written that he should be suspended. I think the sportswriters are wasting their time writing about Garcia ever getting any sort of punishment. It's not going to happen.

However, if Joe Nobody who is No. 1,000 in the world rankings acted out like Garcia, he would be suspended until he had grandchildren.

 


Accepted: By John Smoltz, a Baseball Hall of Fame member, three exemptions into Champions Tour events this season. Smoltz, 51, will compete in the Cologuard Classic on March 1-3 in Tucson, Ariz.; the Mitsubishi Electric Classic on April 19-21 in Duluth, Ga.; and the American Family Insurance Championship on June 21-23 in Madison, Wis.

 


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Number of golf courses in the three-course rotation for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which begins today on California’s Monterey Peninsula, that will play longer than 7,000 yards.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: The damage is done
In the Hawk & Rude podcast, co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude pick apart Sergio Garcia’s latest behavioral lapse in Saudi Arabia and theorize as to why the European Tour didn’t impose additional sanctions.


The Grill Room Golf Show

Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss Rickie Fowler's victory in Phoenix and Dustin Johnson's triump in Saudi Arabia. Morning Read's Alex Miceli examines the inaugural Saudi International and the disqualification of Sergio Garcia. Instructor Eddie "Lil' Pro" Merrins, author of Swing the Handle, chats with the hosts about his 16 appearances in "The Crosby Clambake."




FROM THE INDUSTRY

For the first time, Sea Pines Resort has opened a limited number of rooms at The Inn & Club at Harbour Town during the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The package, which includes two clubhouse badges for the tournament and preferred golf rates at the resort’s two other courses, begins at $629 per room, per night and is valid April 19-22.

 

Organizers at the West Michigan Golf Show announced a long list of activities and attractions for the exposition’s 31st edition, including special events for parents, juniors and women. The show, which is open to the public – $10 online and $12 at the door, with juniors 14 and younger admitted free – will be held Feb. 8-10 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich.

 

Desert Mountain Club will introduce its seventh golf course, No. 7 at Desert Mountain, this spring, officials at the club in Scottsdale, Ariz., announced. No. 7, a par-54 course designed by Desert Mountain members Bill Brownlee and Wendell Pickett, will be the focal point for the Seven Desert Mountain community.

 

Five golf products from Tour Edge have been recognized on the 2019 Golf Digest Hot List, the equipment manufacturer announced. The Exotics EXS driver, Exotics EXS fairway metals, Exotics EXS hybrid, Exotics CBX hybrid and the Exotics CBX iron-wood set were honored on the magazine’s annual list.

 

K-motion was recognized in the 2019 Yahoo Sports Technology Awards by making the short list in the Best Technology for Elite Performance category. K-motion produces wireless technology to enhance the measurement and coaching of golfers and other athletes.

 

Lance S. Cook, the executive chef at Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast, Fla., was awarded two gold medals by the American Culinary Federation, the club announced. The ACF is a 15,000-plus-member organization.

 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s philanthropic arm has received a $1 million donation, the organization announced. The Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation made the gift to the Environmental Institute for Golf to support the professional development of golf course equipment managers.

 

Imperial Headwear will be the official headwear provider of the Golfweek Junior Tour, the company announced. Imperial products will be used as giveaway items for many of the GJT events this year. The schedule consists of 40-plus tournaments in Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

 

Tour Express, a program designed to train athletes to qualify for professional tours, has opened at Boca Lago Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla. David Lee, who created the instructional program Gravity Golf, will lead Tour Express.

 

The Toro Foundation made a $50,000 donation to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s philanthropic arm, the Environmental Institute for Golf. The money will support the GCSAA’s Rounds 4 Research program, to which Toro has donated $350,000 in the past seven years.

 


CALENDAR
February 7-10
LPGA: Vic Open

13th Beach Golf Links, Barwon Heads, Australia

Web.com: Panama Championship

Panama GC, Panama City, Panama

PGA Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links

European: Vic Open

13th Beach Golf Links, Barwon Heads, Australia

February 8-10
Champions: Oasis Championship

Old Course at Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, Fla.


      
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