by Mike Purkey

Questions to ponder while impatiently waiting for spring:

Do you think Bryson DeChambeau cares that Brooks Koepka called him out for excessively slow play?

Hasn’t Koepka been chatty lately?

Are you going to putt with the flagstick in? How about after the first time the ball hits the stick and bounces out?



French Open finds company among jilted events
Alex Miceli’s article on the punting of the French Open to October from its normal June date on the European Tour just reinforced a historical truism about professional golf: It’s not about the quality of the course or the quality of the field; it’s all about the money (“French fume at European Tour’s snub,” Feb. 11).

The French Open is played on a wonderful course, Le Golf National, which played host to the Ryder Cup last year, but the tournament doesn’t have a title sponsor for 2019, although it has three secondary sponsors. So, it’s goodbye June date and hello purgatory in October.



Number of PGA Tour tournaments that have existed longer than the Genesis Open, which started in 1926 as the Los Angeles Open and will be played this week at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. (tee times). Only the British Open, which dates to 1860, U.S. Open (1895), BMW Championship (1899), RBC Canadian Open (1904), PGA Championship (1916) and Valero Texas Open (1922) hold older histories on Tour.


Named: By U.S. captain Tiger Woods, as his assistants for the Presidents Cup, Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker. The biennial matches against the Internationals will be played Dec. 12-15 at Royal Melbourne (Australia) Golf Club.




Hawk & Rude: 44 at 48
In the Hawk & Rude podcast, co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude ponder Phil Mickelson’s 44th PGA Tour victory and another squandered 54-hole lead by Paul Casey. Why can’t some guys finish?


Golf Channel will expand its first-round coverage of the Genesis Open, providing an eight-hour window of Thursday’s play at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The network will offer viewers a live look at PGA Tour Live, the Tour’s over-the-top subscription video service. Featured groups will be shown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST, followed by traditional tournament coverage from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


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

Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, Australia

PGA Tour: Genesis Open

Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif. 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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