MONDAY  | MARCH 4, 2019
by Alex Miceli

It’s the beginning of the third month of the revised Rules of Golf, and PGA Tour players still are highly critical not only of the 2019 edition but the way in which it was drafted.

Three rules, in particular – leaving the flagstick in the hole while putting; dropping from knee height; and, perhaps the biggest irritant, a ban on a caddie’s position behind his player – have incensed PGA Tour players. Some are suggesting a radical step: making their own rules, separate from the governing bodies, the USGA and R&A.

 


by Herb Gould

When I first heard that the Supreme Court of Golf Rules had decreed that it was OK to putt with the flagstick in, I thought, Good.

I never understood exactly why there was a rule that stated you had to take the flagstick out when you putted, anyway. I wasn’t convinced that keeping the flagstick in would speed up play, as the Dimple Justices maintained. But I hoped they were right.

 



by Len Ziehm

The stage was set for the biggest historically significant accomplishment of the 2019 PGA Tour season on Sunday. Vijay Singh, in the final pairing of the Honda Classic, was ideally positioned to become the oldest winner of a PGA Tour event and erase one of the longest-standing records in golf.

Coming off a third-round 65 on the Champion Course at PGA National Resort, the 56-year-old Singh started the final round of the $6.8 million championship just one stroke behind leader Wyndham Clark in the final group. Clark, 31 years younger than Singh, was (and still is) winless on the PGA Tour.

 


Thomas, Fowler lead in WPR: Whining per round
The spoiled-brat professional golfers have become extremely annoying with their constant whining about the Rules of Golf.

Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler apparently have become the spokesbrats. Neither displays any modicum of diplomacy or self-control. Fowler’s antics with the between-the-legs drop from behind truly are “beneath” him.

 


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Number of career victories on the PGA Tour for American Keith Mitchell, who won the Honda Classic on Sunday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in his 40th career start. Mitchell, 27, in his second season on Tour, sank a 15½-foot birdie putt on the final hole at PGA National Resort’s Champion Course for a one-stroke victory over Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Ahead products will be featured at this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, the company announced. Ahead, which has a long-term deal with Arnold Palmer Enterprises, provides merchandising support and API branded-headwear for the annual PGA Tour event at Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla.

 

Inntopia, which provides booking platforms for golf resorts and other travel destinations, will host a webinar to help tailor pre-arrival messages for guests. The event, “Driving Revenue and Loyalty with Microbranding,” will be held at 1-1:30 p.m. EST March 6.

 

Golftec announced its annual March Major Sale, with discounts of up to 20 percent on introductory swing evaluations, game plans, lesson packs and club fittings. The program is available at all U.S. and Canadian locations through March 31.

 

Rickie Fowler will play this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational wearing custom Puma Golf gear designed to honor the late Palmer. Fowler will sport an Arnold Palmer P Cap, limited-edition Ignite ProAdapt footwear and carry a custom Cobra x Vessel stand bag. The gear will include the umbrella logo associated with Palmer.

 

The U.S. team, led by individual champion Michael “Mikey” Jarrell, won the inaugural Latino Americano Long Drive Championship recently in Mexico City. The American amateurs were sponsored by Short Par 4, which ships brand-name golf gear to subscribers.

 


CALENDAR
March 7-10
Symetra: Skyigolf Championship

Charlotte Harbor National GC, North Port, Fla.

European: Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Doha (Qatar) GC

PGA Tour: Arnold Palmer Invitational

Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla.

March 8-10
Champions: Hoag Classic

Newport Beach (Calif.) Country Club


      
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