by Gary Van Sickle

Steve Stricker’s cheeks were flushed Wisconsin Badger red.

It’s not as if this news was a surprise. Stricker had a pretty good idea for the past five years that he would be named the 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup captain. We all did. He got the official confirmation phone call from the PGA of America in December.



A spot of tarnish on golf’s ‘golden boy’
It’s a bit unfair for Mike Purkey to single out J.B. Holmes for slow play and ignore the PGA Tour’s golden boy, Jordan Spieth (“Holmes’ dawdling brings pace to slow boil,” Feb. 20).

Granted, Spieth is enormously likable, affable, articulate, etc., but he’s also insufferable to watch. The cameras have learned to go away from him until he’s actually ready to hit the dang ball. Nobody takes as many practice swings, talks to his caddie and then takes more practice swings than Spieth. He’s on the clock frequently, but it doesn’t really change his routine.



Number of appearances in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open, with his start today, for Rafael Campos, a native Puerto Rican.


Announced: Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn., as host site of the 2020 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, the U.S. Golf Association said.



Hawk & Rude: Stricker’s rise, Kuchar’s fall
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude ponder the selection of Steve Stricker as 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, and they review the new movie “Caddieslack,” starring Matthew Kuchar.

In the Grill Room with Bob and Jay
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. dissect J.B. Holmes’ victory in the Genesis Open and preview this week’s WGC Mexico Championship. Also, the Feature Interview welcomes Morning Read founder Alex Miceli.


Salish Cliffs Golf Club in Shelton, Wash., will exhibit at the Portland Golf Show this weekend, club officials announced. The show will be held Feb. 22-24 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore.


Golf instructor Martin Hall has debuted his “Build a Better Game Plan” video series for sale at Revolution Golf and streamed for free through the Golfpass digital membership. Through the four-part video series, Hall, the host of Golf Channel’s “School of Golf” show, shares his keys to help golfers improve scoring.


Omega hosted the fifth of 10 tournaments Wednesday that compose the Omega Golf Trophy series. The event was held at the Ritz-Carlton Resort’s Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla. Before the tournament, instructor Michael Breed conducted a clinic for guests. The top threesome from each local qualifier will be guests of Omega at the PGA Championship on May 16-19 at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y.


The national winners of the BMW Golf Cup International will compete in Los Cabos, Mexico, next month, organizers announced. The annual event attracts about 100,000 amateur golfers from across the world. The BMW Golf Cup International World Final will be played March 18-23 at Cabo del Sol's Ocean and Desert courses.


February 21-23
Men’s amateur: Gasparilla Invitational

Palma Ceia G&CC, Tampa, Fla.

February 21-24
LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand

Siam CC (Old Course), Chonburi, Thailand

PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open

Coco Beach G&CC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

PGA/European: WGC Mexico Championship

Chapultepec GC, Mexico City

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