FRIDAY  | FEBRUARY 8, 2019
by Alex Miceli

Chasing the dream is a weekly ambition of literally thousands of golfers around the globe. The desire to play golf for a living calls so many, and yet only a few actually are chosen in the end.

When I woke up Thursday morning at just after midnight, still having issues with jet lag from a trip covering the Saudi International in Saudi Arabia, I immediately looked at my Twitter feed and saw that Nick Flanagan was leading the ISPS Handa Vic Open.

 



by Len Ziehm

This should be Mark Calcavecchia’s time. With troublesome back problems under control, Calcavecchia started the Champions Tour season last month in Hawaii with a tie for 10th in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, an event for the 2018 tournament winners. This week, Calcavecchia has returned to one of his favorite courses for a title defense at he Oasis Championship.

For whatever reason, though, Calcavecchia hasn’t entered this season on an optimistic note. He started the 2018 campaign with a wire-to-wire victory in what was then called the Boca Raton Championship. That triumph was even more special in that it came in Palm Beach County, Calcavecchia’s long-time Florida home, with his wife, Brenda, on the bag.

 


Another angle on the ‘alignment rule’
Reader Jim Kavanagh is relaxed about the "alignment rule" for us ordinary golfers, which is good, and he writes “having someone line up the shot diminishes the skill required to play the game. Most of us are happy to make solid contact, with the hope that we got the clubface square to the line” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 7).

That's the reason the rule applies to us as well as pros, so that we can't have our partner making up for our wonky eyesight by squaring up our putter face for us. Not that it would help much, as we don't return it at the same angle too often.

 


7

Number of strokes under par that co-leaders Brian Gay and Scott Langley stood after the first round of the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Gay and Langley shot 64s on Thursday at Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course, one of three being used during the first 54 holes.

 


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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 triumph 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

Billy Casper Golf has been selected to manage Raintree Golf and Event Center in Green, Ohio, the company announced. BCG will direct clubhouse operations, course maintenance, marketing and other operations associated with the daily-fee course in northeast Ohio.

 

The West Michigan Golf Show will precede the Grammy Awards this weekend, and organizers of the 31st annual show in Grand Rapids took the occasion to make a few tongue-in-cheek comparisons. The WMGS begins today at DeVos Place.

 

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas is offering two stay-and-play packages for its Teeth of the Dog course. Prices start at $349 per person, per night through April 20 for accommodations, breakfast and golf at the Pete Dye-designed course in La Romana, Dominican Republic. An all-inclusive package includes use of the resort’s other sporting facilities, plus meals and drinks, starting at $449 per person, per night.

 

Turfco, a manufacturer of golf course equipment, donated $25,000 to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s philanthropic division. The donation, made during this week’s Golf Industry Show in San Diego, commemorated the Kinkead family’s 100th anniversary in the business.

 

Aon has signed seven touring pros, including major champions Francesco Molinari of Italy and Georgia Hall of England, to represent the professional-services company on the PGA Tour and LPGA, respectively. The touring pros also will promote the Aon Risk Reward Challenge, which will highlight strategically challenging holes on the men’s and women’s tours. The contest will award $1 million to the male and female season-long winners.

 

Short Par 4 congratulated Rickie Fowler for his victory in the recent Waste Management Phoenix Open. Fowler, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, represents Short Par 4, which ships golf gear to subscribers.

 


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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