FRIDAY  | MARCH 1, 2019
by Adam Schupak

Lost in all the hullabaloo of Tiger Woods' resurgence in 2018 was the remarkable rise of Martin Trainer from thinking it might be time to get a real job to having a full-time gig on the PGA Tour.

A year ago, Trainer advanced from having to Monday qualify into the Web.com Tour's El Bosque Mexico Championship to winning that week and finishing fourth on the regular-season money list to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2018-19 season. It gave every struggling wannabe pro hope to keep hanging on, because the game could click at any time. Trainer is the current poster boy for those who believe that any given week in professional golf can change a life.

 


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by Dan O’Neill

Remember when golf returned to the Olympics in 2016 after a 112-year absence? … That was awesome! Except, the “Chris Farley Show” aside, in many ways it wasn’t awesome.

The timing of the comeback couldn’t have been much worse. That’s because the 2016 Summer Olympics were in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The girl from Ipanema goes walking, but when she does, she doesn’t carry golf clubs, and neither does her boyfriend. When it was announced that golf was onboard, Rio laid claim to one shabby golf course and nearly zero golf culture.

 


Don’t let golf resemble a Chuck Knoblauch at-bat
I enjoyed Adam Schupak’s article about Brooks Koepka (“Koepka, outspoken? It’s a major change,” Feb. 28). Please allow me to talk about another sport.

Since I started following baseball, games have lengthened by more than 30 minutes. There are many things that have caused this trend, but I blame Chuck Knoblauch. The former second baseman, who played on the Twins’ 1991 World Series champions, had to step out of the batter’s box after each pitch to redo his batting gloves. Major League Baseball has taken steps during the past few years to speed up play.

 


A MESSAGE FROM KIAWAH GOLF RESORT

Home to The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is one of only a handful of locations to host every major PGA event, with the 2021 PGA Championship being the next on the books. It’s a prestigious honor—and one that’s well-deserved.

 


Allowed: By the PGA Tour, endorsement deals for players to make with casinos and gambling entities. The Tour also lifted its ban on TV liquor ads. The Tour will not allow deals with companies whose primary business is sports betting. So, players could endorse a casino but not a sportsbook. Fantasy-sports brands such as FanDuel and DraftKings were mentioned as potential suitors.

 


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Percentage increase in rounds played in January compared with the same month in 2018, according to Golf Datatech’s National Rounds Played Report. Much of the uptick was driven by milder winter weather in the Southeast.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

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.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. wrap up Dustin Johnson's recent victory in the WGC Mexico Championship, look at the Honda Classic and preview the 2019 major championships. Also, an interview with Lynx Golf co-founder Stephanie Zinser.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Golftec has relocated its fitting center in Baton Rouge into a remodeled facility. The 2,650-square-foot store offers four training bays and is located in Suite 450A, Building D at 7350 Jefferson Hwy. Golftec provides golf lessons and club fittings at more than 200 facilities across the U.S., plus sites in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

 

Sea Pines Resort announced its Escape Vacation Package, which will be available March 2 through Sept. 7 at the Hilton Head Island, S.C., resort. The package includes tennis court time, golf options, Beach Club parking, a family portrait session and other amenities. Rates start at $136 per night for a minimum of seven nights in a two-bedroom villa at Plantation Club.

 

Arcis Golf renewed its support of the U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance, the company announced. The USAGA is a nationwide coalition of 36 adaptive-golf organizations that promotes resources for athletes with disabilities. Arcis provides adaptive-golf programs with access to facilities operated by Arcis Golf.

 


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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