MONDAY  | FEBRUARY 25, 2019
by Mike Purkey

The number 20 is magic on the PGA Tour when it comes to judging a career. Twenty victories provides a lifetime PGA Tour membership. And 20 victories, including one or more major championships, will warrant induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Davis Love III has 21 victories and is joined at that mark by Lanny Wadkins. Hale Irwin and Greg Norman each had 20, and all four are in the Hall of Fame.

As if there were any doubt, Dustin Johnson assuredly will join those players in the hall, now that he has his 20th victory, handily winning the WGC Mexico Championship on Sunday, by five shots over Rory McIlroy.

 



by Ted Bishop

The most effective marketing tool that golf has today is the PGA Tour. Thanks to television and social media, the world’s greatest players generate interest in golf on a daily basis. Bryson DeChambeau needs to wake up, grow up and exhibit a standard of behavior that sets an example for everyone who plays the game, at any level.

DeChambeau is a former U.S. Amateur champion, an NCAA champion, a member of the 2018 Ryder Cup team and a five-time Tour winner with more than $12 million in career earnings. That’s a great playing resume for a 25-year-old, but his antics and temper tantrums on the golf course make DeChambeau look more like a 10-year-old who knows nothing about basic golf etiquette.

 


Golf’s original rabbit played at a gallop
Slow play is back in the news again, this time centered on J.B. Holmes in his recent Genesis Open victory, but it seems there’s always somebody playing too slowly each week on the PGA Tour (“Holmes’ dawdling brings pace to slow boil,” Feb. 20); (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 21 and Feb. 22).

Instead of identifying the slow players, maybe the focus should be on fast players and how they approach the game. The slow players could learn something. One of history’s fastest golfers was Scotland’s George Duncan, Ryder Cup player and winner of the 1920 British Open. He had a style of his own.

 


5

Number of strokes by which American Dustin Johnson won the WGC Mexico Championship on Sunday. It was the 20th victory on the PGA Tour for Johnson, 34. He shot 5-under 66 for a 21-under 263 total at Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City.

 


Named: Lee Elder, as winner of the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Golf Association. The award, named after the late golf legend, recognizes an individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game exhibited by Jones.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Annika Invitational at Mission Hills will be played this week at the Annika Course at China’s Mission Hills Resort, organizers announced. More than 90 girls ages 8-18 will compete in 54 holes of stroke play Feb. 27-March 1.

 

Sedgefield Country Club’s Dye Course in Greensboro, N.C., will welcome public play as a semi-private facility and reclaim the course’s original name as The Cardinal by Pete Dye. The club hosts the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship.

 


CALENDAR
February 28 - March 3
PGA Tour: Honda Classic

PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

LPGA: HSBC Women’s World Championship

Sentosa GC (New Tanjong Course), Singapore

European: Oman Open

Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman

March 1-3
Champions: Cologuard Classic

Omni Tucson (Ariz.) National (Catalina), Tucson, Ariz.


      
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