FRIDAY  | MARCH 29, 2019
by John Hawkins

They are five men with a fair amount in common, the most obvious similarity being their occupation. Not just professional golfers, but successful tour pros at the game’s highest level. None of the five was ever classified as a phenom. Only one of them was a highly acclaimed college player, and he thought about pursuing a career in baseball instead.

Their combined PGA Tour earnings add up to about $87 million. They accumulated a total of 34 victories, not one of them a major, although all five guys came agonizingly close to winning golf’s most cherished title. A Masters triumph would have defined them forever, validating their excellence and ability to endure the most intense pressure that a silly little game can throw at a man.

 


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by Dave Seanor

The Web.com Tour is billed as the developmental steppingstone to golf’s ultimate showcase, the PGA Tour. As such, one wouldn’t expect to see a former Masters champion and a former Ryder Cup player in a Web.com field.

But that was nearly the case this week at the Savannah Golf Championship, where Mike Weir and Boo Weekley stood out among the 154 entrants – at least until Weekley walked in after five holes of the Wednesday pro-am and withdrew because of injury.

 


Ignorance of rules is not just a guy thing
It's not just the whining men who can't be bothered to learn the rules of their “profession” (“Maybe golf needs a rule against whining,” March 27). Last Saturday at the LPGA Founders Cup, I watched a player and caddie stumble their way through a relief procedure.

The ball comes to rest on a sprinkler head. Identify the nearest point of relief and drop within a club length. The dropped ball must remain in the one-club relief area or be redropped.

 


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Number of players among the top 10 seeds at the WGC Match Play who stand 2-0 after the first two days at Austin (Texas) Country Club. No. 4 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and No. 7 Francesco Molinari of Italy won their second consecutive matches Thursday to lead the top players into the final day of round-robin play.

 


Removed: Greg Norman’s name, from the Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., after the academy’s managing partner was arrested on charges of embezzling more than $2 million on an unrelated construction project, according to a report by The Sun News’ Alan Blondin.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Masters memories
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude kick off their run-up to Masters week by reliving three of the best tournaments that they covered at Augusta National: 2004, 1998 and 1997.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Royal New Kent Golf Club in New Kent, Va., will reopen today after work that restored the 1997 Mike Strantz design to its architect’s vision. The club, which was bought in mid-2018 by Wingfield Golf Management Services, has undergone an overhaul that includes rebuilt greens and bunkers, updated irrigation and improved drainage.

 

NBC Universal and Golf Channel launched Shop with Golf, an online shopping website. The e-commerce venture, at www.ShopwithGolf.com, debuts with a selection of 30 brands, including comedian Bill Murray’s line, William Murray Golf.

 

Golf Channel will air more than 40 hours of tournament and news coverage of the LPGA’s ANA Inspiration next week, the network announced. The ANA, to be played April 4-7 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., will be the women’s tour’s first major championship of the season.

 

Wintonbury Hills Golf Course in Bloomfield, Conn., the only Pete Dye-designed course in New England, will open today for the 2019 season. Mayor Suzette DeBeatham-Brown is scheduled to hit the ceremonial first tee shot.

 


CALENDAR
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.


      
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