MONDAY  | MARCH 18, 2019
by Adam Schupak

Nine years ago this month, Jack Nicklaus sat with a 20-year-old child prodigy who was winless on the PGA Tour, and preached patience. Soon after, Rory McIlroy shot a final-round 62 at the Quail Hollow Championship to earn his first Tour title.

McIlroy's final-round 70 for a one-stroke victory Sunday over Jim Furyk at the Players Championship wasn't quite as scintillating, but it could be just as important as McIlroy sets his sights on even bigger prizes in the months to come (scores).

 


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by Alex Miceli

So far, Jordan Spieth’s 2018-19 season has been one to forget. Three missed cuts, including last week at the Players Championship, and five weekends during which the three-time major winner has finished no better than T-35 have produced more questions than answers.

Spieth is struggling to find the game that propelled him in 2015 to five victories, including the Masters and U.S. Open. Those days of winning golf’s big events must seem so long ago as Spieth spent the weekend home in Texas watching the Players (scores).

 


Don’t implicate Mickelson in college scam
Alex Miceli’s story implicating Phil Mickelson as a part of this college-entrance scam is ridiculous (“Mickelson tiptoes around trouble again,” March 15).

Anyone with monetary means, myself included, has hired a tutor or guide to help them through the college-application process, and always with the intent to get their children into the best college situation possible.

 


Confirmed: By Tiger Woods, that he will not play this week’s Valspar Championship, the final stop on the four-tournament Florida Swing, but will compete next week in the WGC Match Play at Austin (Texas) Country Club.

 


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Number of players who have won a FedEx Cup title, the Players Championship, at least one major championship and a World Golf Championships title in their career. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy won the Players Championship on Sunday, joining Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson in the elite club.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Players Championship wrap
John Hawkins and Jeff Rude discuss an exciting Players Championship won by Rory McIlroy, who picked up his 15th PGA Tour victory seven weeks before his 30th birthday.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Golf Club at Lansdowne in Leesburg, Va., opened its newly renovated restaurant, Piedmont’s, with a party for members on March 15. The restaurant is part of the club’s 43,000-square-foot clubhouse, overlooking the Greg Norman-designed golf course.

 

Lake Presidential Golf Club in Upper Marlboro, Md., has hired Craig Forgash as general manager. For the last seven years, Forgash had been the director of golf at The Golf Club at Lansdowne in Leesburg, Va. Lake Presidential is part of the Beechtree community located east of Washington.

 

K-Motion has launched its Tiles feature, an addition to the company’s software used to provide three-dimensional swing data for biofeedback training. K-Motion Tiles enable coaches and players to track swing data for such information as spine and shoulder positions and body posture.

 


CALENDAR
March 21-24
European: Maybank Championship

Saujana G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

PGA Tour: Valspar Championship

Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Fla.

LPGA: Bank of Hope Founders Cup

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Wildfire GC, Phoenix

Web.com: Chitimacha Louisiana Open

Le Triomphe G&CC, Broussard, La.


      
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