THURSDAY  | APRIL 18, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

The Earth didn’t tilt on its axis Sunday, but it might have stumbled, tripped or at least burped.

You surely felt it. Thank you, Tiger Woods.

The world feels different in the wake of Woods’ fifth Masters Tournament title (“Woods pads legend with ‘greatest victory’,” April 15). Once again, Woods seems like the only relevant topic of golf conversation. That was true starting in 1997 until just a few years ago.


by Julie Williams

Maria Fassi didn’t win the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Still, before she walked off the 18th green at the end of the final round April 6, she turned and raised her arms to a crowd so thick that the back rows couldn't even see that gesture. The ones who did roared in response.

Fassi, an Arkansas senior from Mexico, locked up LPGA status for the 2019 season back in October. So did ANWA winner Jennifer Kupcho, a Wake Forest senior from Westminster, Colo. They’ll turn professional in the coming months, but they may never play in front of a crowd that size again. Let that sink in.


Purkey captures essence of redemption
I was struck by Mike Purkey’s wonderful remarks about how people from treatment (addiction, in this case, but true of all mental-health treatment) see the world differently than most other people (“Woods evolves from winner to winsome,” April 17).

Thank you to Purkey for not having the attitude that he quoted: “I don’t care about his personal life. I just write about golf.”



Number of players who finished among the top 10 at the Masters Tournament on Sunday who are entered in the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, which begins today at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Among those top finishers at Augusta National: co-runners-up Xander Schauffele and Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson (T-5), Francesco Molinari (T-5) and Patrick Cantlay (T-9) (tee times).




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.

Grill Room Golf Show: A Masters to remember
At age 43, Tiger Woods beat the odds to capture his 15th major championship, and first in 11 years. Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss a historic Masters Tournament, including audio reactions from Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.


Ahead and the PGA of America have extended their business agreement through 2021, the headwear manufacturer announced. Ahead will provide licensed products for the PGA’s spectator events, including the PGA Championship, to be played May 16-19 at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course.


The American Junior Golf Association and Big Max have agreed to a four-year business deal that will designate Big Max as the official push cart of the junior tour. Big Max will have a presence at all AJGA events and make push carts available for tournament participants.


North Carolina’s Sandhills region is promoting its golf courses, including Pinehurst, and its pubs as the state celebrates April as North Carolina Beer Month. In honor of the courses’ “19th holes,” the region saluted 19 of the top off-course watering holes at what the area calls the “Home of American Golf.”


Phillis Meti smashed a 413-yard drive to break her own world record and win the World Long Drive women’s division on Tuesday in Maricopa, Ariz. Meti used an Exotics EXS driver at the Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun event televised on Golf Channel.


Puma Golf signed Ernie Els as a spokesman for the company’s footwear. Els, a four-time major champion, will wear Puma footwear during his professional events.


Michigan, which bills itself as “America’s Summer Golf Capital,” enters the 2019 golf season with more than 650 public courses and resorts. The state also will welcome the return of the PGA Tour as the Rocket Mortgage Classic debuts June 27-30 at Detroit Golf Club.


Buffalo Groupe has appointed three senior vice presidents to its executive team, the marketing company announced. Teresa Olsen, Lauren Nodzak and Emily Clark will lead various business units within the golf, sport and lifestyle marketer.


Three resorts in Los Cabos, Mexico, have received Editors' Choice Awards from Golf Digest in the category of Best Resorts in the Americas. The resorts – Cabo del Sol, One&Only Palmilla and Quivira – will be featured in the magazine's June issue.


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.

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