TUESDAY  | MARCH 26, 2019
by John Hawkins

Now that the PGA Tour has abandoned longtime tournament host Firestone to play its summertime WGC in Memphis, the World Golf Championships as they were conceived have undergone a complete facelift. As was the case with Mickey Rourke or Maria Shriver, not all of that cosmetic surgery has turned out as planned.

Some slips of the scalpel were the Tour’s fault. Others might best be described as unavoidable. The autumn gathering in China, for instance, has failed to attract premium fields since it became an official member of the WGC franchise in 2013. What began 20 years ago as the American Express Championship has undergone several transformations, bouncing between Europe and the United States until 2006, then settling at Doral before fleeing to Mexico in 2017 amid all the controversy surrounding resort owner Donald Trump.



by Alex Miceli

Few sports lend themselves so perfectly to gambling as does golf.

Which is why when people complain about the speed of play in golf, they may not be so incensed in a couple of years, when in-play gambling will be part of the game's fabric.


Here’s a playing tip you won’t get from your pro
I completely disagree with Alex Miceli’s assessment of the PGA Tour’s drug policy (“Tour’s outdated drug policy nabs Garrigus,” March 25).

I went for my colonoscopy years ago and discovered exactly what a beta blocker does for a person trying to play golf. My wife took me to the range after I had a bite to eat. Keep in mind that one is not supposed to drive or operate machinery after being administered the sleep-inducing drug for the procedure. At the range, I discovered a fluid swing that I previously had not owned.


Moved: To later in the year, the Australian PGA Championship. It will be played Dec. 19-22 at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast, Australia. The event will be held one week after the Presidents Cup, which will be in Melbourne this year.



Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for Paul Casey, who improved four spots in the world order after winning the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship for a second consecutive year.



Hawk & Rude: A match made in ...?
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude discuss this week’s WGC Match Play, reflecting on the good and bad over the event’s 20-year history.


Casa de Campo Resort & Villas is offering two Unlimited Teeth of the Dog stay-and-play packages for this summer in La Romana, Dominican Republic. The packages, which feature unlimited play on the Pete Dye-designed Teeth of the Dog course and Dye's two other designs at the resort, begin at $279 per person, per night and are available through Oct. 31.


Club Champion has opened a club-fitting studio in Christiana, Del., the company announced. The store, at 521 West Main St., will offer lessons and club-fitting services in about 3,000 square feet of space. As part of the opening, the store will offer limited-time discounts.


Tim Cooke, the director of instruction at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., has been named to Golf Magazine’s list of Top 100 Teachers in America for 2019-20. The biennial rankings recognize the most innovative, committed and accomplished golf instructors in the nation.


Cobra Golf announced the introduction of its King MIM wedges. The company says the wedges are the first in golf to feature a fully metal-injection-molded 304 stainless steel head. The wedges will be available April 12 and retail for $149 per club.


The winner of the PGA Tour’s recent Valspar Championship wore Nike React Vapor 2 shoes featuring Softspikes Silver Tornado cleats. He was one of 20 of the top 24 players to wear footwear featuring replaceable cleats.


The Golf Am Tour has expanded into Australia, organizers announced. The tour, operated by the Golf division of NBC Sports Group, hosted its debut event Friday at Club Mandalay in Victoria. It was the first of 27 scheduled tournaments in Australia this year.


Arcis Golf will launch Arcis Round Up For Autism next month in an expanded partnership with Ernie Els and his Els for Autism Foundation. The program will be featured at 60 Arcis Golf clubs in April, which is World Autism Month. Arcis Golf is the second-largest owner-operator of private, resort and daily-fee clubs in the U.S.


The Branson (Mo.) Convention and Visitors Bureau continues to invest in the Ozarks destination’s golf product to further the travel category. Branson features 11 golf courses, designed by such industry titans as Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods.


Golf tour operator Hidden Links is giving away a golfers’ “Pot of Gold” for a trip for two to Ireland. The prize includes six nights’ lodging and five rounds of golf at some of Ireland’s top courses: Ballybunion, Waterville and Tralee among them. The sweepstakes ends March 31, with the winner to be drawn in April.


March 27-31
PGA/European: WGC Dell Technologies Match Play

Austin (Texas) CC

March 28-31
Web.com: Savannah Golf Championship

Landings Club (Deer Creek GC), Savannah, Ga.

LPGA: Kia Classic

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort (Aviara GC), Carlsbad, Calif.

PGA Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort Championship

Corales GC, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

European: Hero Indian Open

DLF G&CC, New Delhi

March 29-31
Champions: Rapiscan Systems Classic

Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.

Symetra: IOA Championship

Morongo GC at Tukwet Canyon, Beaumont, Calif.

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