by John Hawkins

Contrary to popular belief, that grin on Matt Kuchar’s face is not permanent, nor was it computer generated or digitally enhanced. If you’re among those who become suspicious of people who always appear to be happy, please take a number and read the fine print.

Nineteen years, nine victories, $46.6 million. You’d be smiling, too.

It was the eighth of those victories that has Kuchar in a spot of bother.


by Alex Miceli

The annual visit to Riviera Country Club is one of the most enjoyable weeks on the PGA Tour for many reasons.

For the players, it comes down to one simple thing: The golf course is spectacular. Even when it’s not at its best, which would be in the winter months, Riviera is a solid test that draws the best players year after year. There is a lot to be said about a golf course that never yielded a victory to Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods.


Kuchar meets his obligation, and then some
In response to reader Blaine Walker, regarding Matt Kuchar and his club caddie, David Ortiz, at the Mayakoba Golf Classic (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 14):

First, Kuchar didn’t make a mistake. He lived up to an agreed verbal contract. He doesn’t need to “cough up the full 10 percent.” The only thing Kuchar needed to do was to pay the agreed-upon fee, which he did, and then some.


Breached: The Rules of Amateur Status, by amateur golfer Lucy Li, according to the U.S. Golf Association. Li, 16, of Redwood Shores, Calif., appeared in an Apple Watch advertisement (“In the news,” Jan. 7). The USGA found Li to be in violation of Rule 6-2 and issued her a one-time warning. She will retain her amateur status.



Number of strokes under par that Jordan Spieth stood through 12 holes Thursday to share the lead with Sung Kang at the rain-delayed Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, Calif. After a seven-hour rain delay, only 72 golfers were on the Riviera Country Club course, and none had completed the first round.




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?

The Grill Room with Bob & Jay
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. talk about Phil Mickelson, who at age 48 recorded his fifth career victory at Pebble Beach and the 44th of his PGA Tour career. Also on the menu: Bernhard Langer blitzes the field in Florida; Tiger Woods announces three assistants for his U.S. Presidents Cup team; and a look at the Genesis Open. Eddie “Lil’ Pro” Merrins and Morning Read founder Alex Miceli are the featured interviews.


PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., announced a Stay and Save package for the upcoming Honda Classic. The package starts at $459 per night and includes admission to the Feb. 28-March 3 PGA Tour event on the resort’s Champion course. PGA National also is offering its Honda Classic VIP Experience, which starts at $814 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and includes daily rounds of golf plus VIP access to on-course entertainment.


Golf Life Real Estate has delayed its launch date because of a civil lawsuit filed by Golf Coast Magazine that alleges copyright infringement. GLRE will feature a variety of real estate services for golf-centric buyers and sellers.


Carr Golf is offering a Bromance Package for golf-group getaways to play several of the top courses in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The package features play at Ireland’s Portmarnock, The Island Golf Club and The European Club, plus Royal County Down in Northern Ireland.


Lake Presidential Golf Club in Upper Marlboro, Md., has selected Troon to manage the property. Lake Presidential, a semi-private facility, is located in the Beechtree community, about 22 miles east of Washington. Troon will manage the golf, restaurant and club operations.


The Phoenix Country Club Foundation recently made donations to four charitable organizations with money raised through the Champions Tour’s 2018 Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The club made $5,000 donations to Executive Council 70, Elevate Phoenix, Junior Golf Association of Arizona and North High School.


Air-travel options to Mexico's Islands of Loreto have increased, allowing for easier access to Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa on the Baja California Peninsula. Volaris, the second-largest airline in Mexico, will offer flights from Tijuana on Tuesdays and Saturdays beginning March 2. Alaska Airlines also offers daily service from Los Angeles International Airport.


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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