WEDNESDAY  | APRIL 17, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

The kid remembers the last time Tiger Woods won a major championship.

It was the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, when the kid was 14 years old. Of course he remembers. All Woods did was sink the putt of a lifetime on the 72nd hole to force a playoff, which he won the next day. That Open was considered the most exciting major championship until, well, last weekend when the kid, still a Tiger Woods fan, nearly beat him to win the Masters.

The kid was Xander (short for Alexander) Schauffele. He is 25 and has quickly established himself on the PGA Tour. He grew up in the San Diego area, already has racked up four victories and identified himself as a player who can and likely will win a major championship.

 


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by Mike Purkey

Tiger Woods was smiling. Grinning, actually, which used to never happen in front of the media. In the old days, even in victory, the greatest player of his generation – maybe the greatest ever – could manage only a smug smirk, and that often was reserved for a question that he liked. Otherwise, he always appeared absolutely grim, even a little angry, as he completed what he considered a pain-in-the-ass obligation.

Sunday afternoon, after winning the Masters for the fifth time – and first since 2005 – Woods appeared to be genuinely joyful. And who wouldn’t be after climbing out of the abyss and back to the mountaintop?

 


Just another green jacket for the closet
Blaine Walker's brilliant letter should be required reading for every journalist and TV producer (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 15). Walker's insightful comment that Tiger Woods is “yesterday's news” and is an aging former star is dead-on, as many other Morning Read “inbox” writers pointed out long before this past weekend.

Yes, Woods won the Masters, but come on (“Woods pads legend with ‘greatest victory’,” April 15). He already had done it four times previously, so it's not as if this is some new and unexpected development.

 


Reported: Death threats from viewers, by meteorologist Ella Dorsey, who interrupted the final round of the Masters Tournament on Sunday to provide tornado-warning updates for CBS affiliate Channel 46 in Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Dorsey’s updates took up half of the screen, but the golf audio was cut for the weather report during the tournament, which Tiger Woods won. Dorsey tweeted, in part: “Lives are more important than 5 minutes of golf.”

 


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Number of World Golf Championships winners this season who will be paired together at the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, which begins Thursday at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Americans Xander Schauffele (WGC HSBC Champions), Dustin Johnson (WGC Mexico) and Kevin Kisner (WGC Dell Match Play) will tee off on No. 1 at 12:50 p.m. EDT Thursday.

 


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Hawk & Rude: One for the sages
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude examine every angle of Tiger Woods and his historic Masters triumph, Woods' fifth victory at Augusta National and 15th major title overall.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Beginning this week, McConnell Golf will play host to nearly three dozen tournaments at its owned and operated courses throughout the Carolinas and Tennessee. The Atlantic Coast Conference’s men’s and women’s tournaments will be played April 18-20: the men at Old North State Club in New London, N.C., and the women at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

 

Thor Guard has reached an agreement with the New England Professional Golfers’ Association Foundation to provide technology to predict severe weather for more than 60 clubs. The deal will provide lightning-detection 8-20 minutes in advance at courses in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

 

Imperial Headwear hired Abby Liebenthal for the newly created role of marketing manager, the Bourbon, Mo.-based company announced. Liebenthal had worked in digital marketing at Titleist.

 

StaminaPro congratulated company spokesman Tony Finau for his tie for fifth place in the recent Masters Tournament. StaminaPro makes a patch that aids in pain relief and is designed for active wear.

 

Stitch Golf has been recognized by Golf Digest with an Editors’ Choice Award in the Best Headcover Knit category. The Stitch Golf headcovers will be featured in the June 2019 issue of the magazine.

 

Tagmarshal has entered into an agreement with four PGA sections to promote its pace-of-play management system to member clubs. Tagmarshal will have a presence at tournaments and clubs in the Metropolitan, Carolinas, North Florida and South Florida sections.

 

Silvies Valley Ranch has expanded its goat-caddie program beyond the eco-resort’s two 18-hole courses for this season, the Silvies, Ore., officials announced. The Links at Silvies Valley Ranch will offer the goats as caddies at the resort’s two short courses: McVeigh’s Gauntlet, a seven-hole challenge course; and Chief Egan, a nine-hole par-3 course.

 

Entertainer Justin Timberlake will join other celebrities this month at the Champions Tour’s Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo., organizers announced. Timberlake will compete in the inaugural Legends Competition on April 27 and the Celebrity Legends Shootout on April 28.

 

The winner of the Masters Tournament wore cleated footwear, according to PrideSports, which manufactures Softspikes and Champ cleats. The winner wore Nike shoes with Champ Pro Stinger hybrid cleats, PrideSports said.

 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America intends to bring its best management practices for the environment to all 50 states by 2020. The GCSAA promotes golf as a responsible business and as stewards of the land.

 

Reed Exhibitions and the PGA of America announced a new schedule of events and programming for the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience. The event will be held Aug. 13-14 in Las Vegas, at the Venetian Hotel and Topgolf Las Vegas.

 

Branson, Mo., offers a growing number of golf and hospitality options for the southwest Missouri destination. Branson features 11 golf courses among its attractions.

 

Golftec recently was named to Ping’s list of Top 100 National Fitters of the Year. Ping honors U.S. facilities that emphasize the importance of accurate fittings for golfers of all abilities. Golftec provides lessons and club fittings at more than 200 facilities in the U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

 

Forest Dunes in Roscommon, Mich., has received a Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award in the Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest category. The resort features the Tom Weiskopf-designed Forest Dunes course, Tom Doak’s The Loop, a reversible design, and the HillTop, a 2-acre putting course.

 


CALENDAR
April 17-20
LPGA: Lotte Championship

Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii

April 18-21
Web.com 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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