by Gary Van Sickle

ORLANDO, Fla. – Who’s Number One? I know the answer. It’s the guy with the grizzled beard and the mesh trucker hat that reads “I’m No. 1” on the front.

Who’s No. 1 in men’s golf right this moment? I know I should care greatly, but I just don’t. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a bonus riding on it. Plus, it’s getting hard to keep up.



by Adam Schupak

ORLANDO, Fla. – If you follow the PGA Tour and what it takes to win, Keith Mitchell's "no name" victory at the Honda Classic was no surprise.

Mitchell is the latest ultimate driving machine – oops, that's BMW's tagline – to reach the winner's circle in the past 15 months. Perhaps the most telling statistic to determine Tour success is strokes gained off-the-tee, which measures player performance off the tee on all par 4s and par 5s. Mitchell ranked No. 7 in the category in 2018 and stands No. 9 this season. He probably would have multiple victories if not for a balky putter: No. 205 in strokes gained putting.


Golf teachers write own rule regarding drop
On the heels of Alex Miceli's column in which some PGA Tour players said the Tour should make its own rules, one thing we will do this year at our national championship, the U.S. Golf Teachers Cup, is to eliminate the knee-height requirement for dropping a ball (“PGA Tour players talk rules rebellion,” March 4). Our local rule will deem a ball dropped from knee height or higher to be sufficient.

This is the way the rule should have been written in the first place.


Opened: By Augusta National Golf Club, registration to the 2020 Drive, Chip and Putt. The local qualifying, to be held May through August at 311 sites across all 50 states, is open to boys and girls ages 7-15.



Number of consecutive top-5 finishes on the PGA Tour for Rory McIlroy, who will be defending his title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week.



Red Ledges, a community in Heber Valley, Utah, sold 134 properties with a combined value of $85 million in 2018, setting a sales record. The total amount of homes, homesites, cabins, cottages and villas sold represents a 30-percent increase from 2017.


Tour Edge Exotics staff players posted four top-15 finishes at the Champions Tour’s recent Cologuard Classic in Tucson, Ariz. Scott McCarron, who placed second, led the Tour Edge Exotics staffers at Omni Tucson National Resort. Tom Lehman, Tim Petrovic and Duffy Waldorf tied for 15th.


Golftec has opened a performance center in Shenzhen, China, the company’s first facility on the Chinese mainland. The Nanshan District store features seven teaching/practice bays where Golftec instructors will provide lessons, video analysis and club fittings.


The Golf Industry Show’s silent auction raised $123,037 to benefit the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the GCSAA reported. The silent auction, held at, sold 348 donated items and concluded Feb. 18.


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

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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