by Alex Miceli

The golfing gods can be very kind, even benevolent at times. They also can be cruel and difficult to comprehend.

Phil Mickelson has been on both ends of the spectrum, having won five major championships among his 44 PGA Tour titles, with his latest victory on Monday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.


by Dan O'Neill

Thank God for Adam Long. What’s that? Adam who? Forgotten already?

Not if you’re from St. Louis. Not if you witnessed the Rams in the Super Bowl; not if you saw Stan Kroenke’s mundane mug; not if you were forced to re-live the despicable details of the Rams’ departure. You felt cheated, nauseous, more deflated than a Tom Brady football.


Pebble Beach lives up to its reputation
I have played golf for 69 years, since age 5, and the game has given me so much, including the opportunity to be a member of the Florida State golf team and to play a number of great golf courses. This past June, I finally got the chance to play Pebble Beach, a Father’s Day gift from my son. Without a doubt, it was the most fantastic experience I have had in golf.

A recent contributor to Morning Read asked if Pebble Beach were moved inland, away from the beautiful coast line views, would anyone pay the $500 green fee? (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 11).



Number of strokes under par that American Phil Mickelson played the last two holes Monday to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Play had been suspended late Sunday with Mickelson and England’s Paul Casey still on the course at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Mickelson held a three-stroke lead when play resumed early Monday, and that proved to be his winning margin as he and Casey finished par-birdie on Nos. 17-18.


Announced: By the U.S. Golf Association, 110 sites for local qualifying for the U.S. Open. The 18-hole qualifying will be held in 43 states and Canada from April 29 to May 13. Qualifiers will advance to the 36-hole sectional round at 12 sites – nine in the U.S. and one each in England, Canada and Japan on May 20-June 3. Registration will begin later this month. The U.S. Open will be played June 13-16 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.



St. Johns Golf & Country Club in St. Augustine, Fla., has completed a $300,000 renovation, the club announced. The work included improvements to the course’s 76 bunkers, expansion and redesign of the practice green and construction of a short-game area.


18Birdies, a consumer golf app, will add the EZLinks Golf tee-time booking service to its platform, the company announced. This spring, the 1.5 million users of 18Birdies will be able to use TeeOff.com to book rounds at more than 3,000 golf courses.


PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., has been recognized with a Platinum Award from the Association of Golf Merchandisers. It is the fourth consecutive year that PGA Golf Club has been honored by the AGM. The award spotlights clubs with creative retail initiatives.


Club Champion has opened a new fitting studio in Las Vegas, the company announced. To celebrate the introduction of the 3,000-square-foot site, at 1009 South Rampart Blvd., the Las Vegas store will offer 50 percent off of the price of a full bag fitting.


Construction of Palmetto Traverse, an 18-hole putting course in Santee, S.C., is underway. The 35,000-square-foot putting course, designed by Kris Spence, is being constructed at Lake Marion Golf Course and expected to open in late August.


The winner of the recent Oasis Championship on the Champions Tour wore cleated footwear, PrideSports disclosed. The company also reported winners on the European, LPGA and Web.com Tour’s recent events. PrideSports makes the Champ and Softspikes brands.


We Are Golf has set the industry’s third annual Community Service Project for 8 a.m. to noon April 30 in Washington, organizers announced. We Are Golf, a coalition of the game’s leading associations, will help beautify the area between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument one day before National Golf Day in the capital.


Tour Edge reported that four of its staff players posted top-10 finishes in the Champions Tour’s recent Oasis Championship. Scott McCarron, who played an 18-degree Exotics CBX 119 hybrid, led the effort with a fifth-place finish.


The Reserve Club in Indian Wells, Calif., has completed renovations of its clubhouse, officials announced. The one-year, $10 million makeover preserved the existing Tuscan architecture and made updates throughout the 30,000-square-foot structure.


February 14-17
European: ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth

Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, Australia

PGA Tour: Genesis Open

Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Web.com: Suncoast Classic

Lakewood National GC, Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

LPGA: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Grange (Australia) GC

February 15-17
Champions: Chubb Classic

Classics Country Club at Lely Resort, Naples, Fla.

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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