by Gary Van Sickle

The late sportswriting great Dan Jenkins stood for something that we could use more of in modern journalism. He said, “I never wrote a line I didn’t believe in.”

It’s easy to get away from honesty in the rush to make the first clever-snarky-funny remark on Twitter or Instagram or to be outlandish enough to earn a political talking-head TV gig.

In the vein of integrity, I offer this: I believe we’re in a golden age of golf. A very long, very golden age of golf. And that’s nothing against the great players who came before.



by Jeff Shain

Back when his presence had the power to make or break a tournament, Tiger Woods liked to keep folks guessing.

Doral, Pebble Beach, Phoenix, Byron Nelson, Disney, even Riviera. For those on the “maybe” list of Tiger stops, many a tournament chief spent an anxious Friday awaiting word whether Woods had made a late entry. Sometimes he did; more likely hopes went unfilled.

In that sense, some things haven’t changed. Except now, Woods himself might be left guessing.


Hawkins nailed it regarding state of the game
Being a lifelong sports junkie, I appreciate the important role that sportswriters play in assisting fans of any sport to better understand and review current events and situations in that sport.

John Hawkins' article in Tuesday’s Morning Read (“Tour should stop appeasing its lower tier,” March 12) was an excellent article which hit the nail right on the head. It was well written, and it conveyed what likely are the sentiments of many golf fans from around the globe.



Number of competitors in this week’s Players Championship field who have won the tournament when it was played in March. After 12 years of being contested in May, the Players returns to its customary March slot. Tiger Woods (2001) and Adam Scott (2004) won the tournament in March.


Announced: By the Greenbrier Resort, that the winner of the Big 12 Conference Championship, which will be played next month at the West Virginia resort, will earn an exemption into the PGA Tour event to be played in the fall at Greenbrier.




Hawk & Rude: Players preview
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude mix past and present while discussing the Players Championship’s return to March after a dozen years in May.

The Grill Room with Bob & Jay
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. offer a tribute to the late golf writer Dan Jenkins, review Francesco Molinari’s victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and preview the Players Championship.


Clothier Peter Millar has expanded its Crown Crafted line of sportswear in time for this week’s Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The company announced that Harris English, Branden Grace, Chesson Hadley, Si Woo Kim, Patton Kizzire, Chez Reavie and Brandt Snedeker will wear the line this week.


The winners of the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Champions Tour’s Hoag Classic wore cleated footwear, according to PrideSports, which distributes Champ and Softspikes products. The API winner wore Champ Pivix cleats, and the Hoag winner played in shoes featuring Softspikes’ Pulsar cleats.


Short Par 4 congratulated Rickie Fowler on his start to the PGA Tour season, which has been highlighted by three top-10 finishes, including a tie for second place in the recent Honda Classic. Fowler represents Short Par 4, which ships brand-name clothing and accessories to subscribers. To commemorate Fowler’s play, Short Par 4 is shipping Fowler’s brand of shoes, Puma Golf, to every Fairway member in March and every Executive member in April.


Intelligro made a $5,000 donation to the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Intelligro makes Civitas Turf Defense and other products used in maintaining golf turf and other landscapes.


Sportswear manufacturer Cutter & Buck reorganized its retail sales into a combined omni-channel sales division, which will be headed by Dave Santiago, who was promoted to executive director. Santiago had been in charge of Cutter & Buck’s licensed-sports channel.


March 14-17
European: Kenya Open

Karen CC, Nairobi, Kenya

PGA Tour: Players Championship

TPC Sawgrass (Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

March 15-17
Symetra: Florida’s Natural Charity Classic

Winter Haven (Fla.) CC

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