by John Hawkins

Barry Bonds had a huge influence on my becoming a golf writer. Seriously. If not for Bonds’ rudeness, petulance and better-than-you attitude toward anyone who didn’t smooch his royal backside, I might still be covering baseball for a living.

Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas, Roger Clemens, Bobby Bonilla…. Something about our so-called national pastime seemed to breed a sense of entitlement and warped sensitivity among many of the game’s biggest stars in the early 1990s. Perhaps it had to do with spending hours on end in dugouts and clubhouses, where grown men are encouraged to act like teenage boys.

Pro golf is very different.



by Mike Purkey

Despite a star-loaded field at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club two weeks ago that concluded with J.B. Holmes’ victory on a marathon Sunday, there remains the sense that the West Coast Swing was a warmup, albeit a pretty sporty one.

Regardless of how the PGA Tour sets up its convoluted wraparound schedule, the 2019 season will for all intents begin – just like it always does – in Florida this week. Nothing against Hawaii or Phoenix or Pebble or Riviera, but things simply don’t get serious until the world’s best tee it up at the Honda Classic, beginning Thursday.


TV knows which side of its bread is buttered
I agree with reader Ken Staroscik when he says that TV coverage of Tiger Woods must show his every shot of the tournament (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 25).

I get that Woods “is the needle,” so he must be shown whenever he is playing, but there were more players who played better than Woods at the recent WGC Mexico Championship, and they got minimal or no coverage. I enjoy watching Woods make great shots, but he didn’t make that many, and he made a lot of bad shots.


Disclosed: Sectional qualifying sites for the U.S. Open, the U.S. Golf Association announced. The one-day, 36-hole qualifiers will be held May 20-June 3 at nine U.S., sites and one each in Japan, England and Canada.



Hawk & Rude: Slow play, D.J. and . . . shorts?
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude take on a variety of subjects, including golf’s most pervasive problem: pace of play.


Some of the top men's college golf teams in the country will participate in the Linger Longer Invitational on March 15-17 in Greensboro, Ga. Defending champion Alabama will return to Reynolds Lake Oconee for the 54-hole event at the Landing course.


Rio Mar Country Club recently opened its newly renovated clubhouse, officials at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort announced. The 35,000-square-foot structure features the renovated restaurant Iguanas Cocina Puertorriqueña, which includes an open-view demonstration kitchen and overlooks the El Yunque National Forest and the River Course.


Sports broadcaster Lesley Visser will be honored with the Sports Legend Award at the Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic, organizers announced. The tournament will be played June 20 at Westhampton (N.Y.) Country Club.


Golf Life Navigators has hired Romeo Fornaro to assist with the company’s expansion in Arizona and California. Fornaro brings 20 years of experience in the private-club industry. Golf Life Navigators helps golfers who are looking to relocate connect with a private club.


A limited number of spots remain for the World Invitational Father & Daughter Golf Tournament, travel operator Carr Golf announced. The 12th annual event will be played July 23-26 at Waterville Golf Links in County Kerry on Ireland's southwest coast.


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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