THURSDAY  | MARCH 7, 2019
by Adam Schupak

Four. That's how many cracks Rory McIlroy has had at completing the career Grand Slam at Augusta National since winning the British Open at Royal Liverpool in 2014.

McIlroy must win the Masters next month to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in having claimed all four major titles. McIlroy needs no reminder that he has come up empty four times at Augusta despite finishing in the top 10 on each occasion.

 



by Gary Van Sickle

The PGA Tour has taught me at least one thing. I need to build a better brand. My first attempt at branding was purely accidental. When I joined Sports Illustrated years ago, a secretary had business cards printed for me and sent to my home in Pittsburgh.

I opened the box and quickly noticed that spellcheck failed the secretary (just like she usually failed to forward my messages or mail). Instead of senior writer, the cards read, senior waiter. I was ticked off for 10 seconds, then decided that senior waiter was too much fun not to use.

 


Tour pros should stop whining and just play
I'm pleased to see other readers who dismiss the touring pros' remarks and opposition to the 2019 rules changes (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 6).

No comment that I've seen thus far mentions that the proposed changes were publicized many months before they were promulgated. The proposed rule changes were rolled out early, specifically to encourage input by all, including touring players. I can recall no comments from this contentious cadre before Jan. 1, when the rules went into effect.

 


6

Number of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking who are scheduled to compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which begins today at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Age ... it’s a numbers thing
John Hawkins and Jeff Rude ruminate over Tiger Woods’ attempt to reclaim greatness, and take a stab at explaining the flurry of “older” winners at recent Champions Tour events.


Grill Room Golf Show: From ‘no-name’ to fame
Keith Mitchell won his first PGA Tour event at the Honda Classic, and a south Florida paper headlined him as the “no-name champion.” Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss Mitchell’s impressive victory, then preview this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational and relate some personal experiences with the late Arnold Palmer. Also, Morning Read founder Alex Miceli shares his opinions about the rules flap among some Tour players and the USGA.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Puma Golf and Arnold Palmer Enterprises announced a multiyear agreement for the golf-equipment manufacturer to provide apparel, footwear and accessories to honor the late Arnold Palmer’s legacy. The Arnold Palmer by Puma collaboration will launch in mid-2020. Puma already provides tournament-inspired gear for the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational, which is being played this week at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla.

 

PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., welcomed more than 200,000 spectators to the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic last week, officials reported. The total of 204,487 for the seven days represents the second-highest total in the tournament’s history.

 


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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