FRIDAY  | APRIL 12, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

Brooks Koepka can do something other players simply can’t.

He can fade into the background, out of the picture, off the radar.

Nobody thought much about him as the defending U.S. Open champion last year at Shinnecock Hills. He’d been sidelined by a wrist problem and hadn’t even played in the Masters. So, he wasn’t going to be a threat. Then he became the first player in 29 years to win back-to-back Opens.



by Gary Van Sickle

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods looked good, really good, in the opening round of the Masters Tournament. That could be reason to celebrate for Woods’ friends and fans. It also could be reason for concern.

What if … Woods played the way he used to play when he dominated golf? What if … he looked good, really good again in the majors and it wasn’t good enough?

Stupid questions? Not yet. Woods had an excellent day, shooting 2-under 70 on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club.


by Alex Miceli

Normally, I’m a contrarian and critical of just about everything.

Watching the first round of the Masters Tournament on Thursday, I found it easy to be critical of the play in near-perfect conditions. But whether an observer might be sitting in front of a TV or even watching from outside the ropes, it’s almost impossible to understand what exactly is transpiring.


To toughen Augusta’s 13th, reroute Rae’s Creek
I’ve got an idea for No. 13 at Augusta National Golf Club (“Augusta takes long view of iconic 13th,” April 11). You don’t need to lengthen it. Instead, take Rae’s Creek and turn it right from its original position and go across the fairway at the 250-yard mark, extend it down the right side of the fairway for about 50 yards or so and turn it back to the left, at a 45-degree angle across the fairway, starting at the 300-yard mark, and rejoin the original position of Rae’s Creek.



Number of pairings in the first round of the Masters Tournament in which all three players broke par at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club. In the 1:38 p.m. Thursday group, Bryson DeChambeau (66), Dustin Johnson (68) and Jason Day (70) broke par (scores).


Announced: By the USGA, 55 exempt players for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, which will be played May 16-19 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C. England’s Laura Davies, who won the inaugural USSWO last year, is among the exempt players.




Omega hosted the ninth and final qualifying tournament Wednesday in its Omega Golf Trophy Series at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Hank Haney, a teaching professional and Omega spokesman, appeared at the event. Players qualified for the series final to be held May 15 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. The top threesome from each qualifier will be guests of Omega at the PGA Championship on May 16-19 at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y.


Fargo (N.D.) Country Club has appointed David Hockett as general manager, according to Troon, which manages the club. Hockett, a 20-plus-year veteran of the golf industry, will lead the club’s golf, agronomy, tennis and other operations.


Casa de Campo Resort & Villas has received a Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award in the Best Resorts Caribbean/Bermuda category. It is the third consecutive year that the Dominican resort, home to three Pete Dye-designed golf courses, was honored by the magazine.


Club Champion has opened a retail store in Victor, N.Y., the company announced. Club Champion will offer lessons and club-fitting services from the site at 1669 Pittsford Victor Road.


Sea Pines Resort has received a Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award in the Best Resorts Carolinas category. The 5,000-acre resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., is home to three courses: Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes.


April 11-14
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament

Augusta (Ga.) National GC

April 17-20
LPGA: Lotte Championship

Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii

April 18-21 Tour: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship

RTJ Capitol Hill (Senator), Prattville, Ala.

PGA Tour: RBC Heritage

Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Junior boys: Sage Valley Junior Invitational

Sage Valley GC, Graniteville, S.C.

April 19-21
Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Classic

TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.

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