WEDNESDAY  | APRIL 24, 2019
by Julie Williams

If we learned one thing at last fall’s Ryder Cup, it’s that in the head-to-head format, PGA Tour players are no match for their European Tour counterparts – at least in the current professional golf climate. As if the Europeans weren’t engaging enough in their defeat of the Americans at Le Golf National near Paris, they became that much more likable on social media in the aftermath.

On Twitter, @RyderCupEurope tweeted a spoof of teammates Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari in bed together on the morning after the Ryder Cup win. A few months later, the European Tour posted to Twitter a parody of several top-tier players discussing “viral video content” for the following year.

 


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Tiger’s toss would be a blunder Down Under
I wholeheartedly agree with reader Kevin Seymour’s comments about spitting (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 22).

I note that Tiger Woods used to be a constant culprit but now has taken to chewing gum.

 


Adjusted: By the Hero World Challenge, the tournament dates so that players can travel from host Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas to Australia for the next week’s Presidents Cup.

 


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Number of players on the PGA Tour who have won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in its former stroke-play format as well as the current two-man team format. American Billy Horschel won the 2013 title in stroke play and then teamed with American Scott Piercy to win the 2018 event in the two-man format.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Big Max won its fourth consecutive Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award in the Best Push Cart category. Big Max’s Blade IP model was recognized for the second year in a row.

 

Golf Life Navigators has added Brian Samelson as a strategic adviser, the company announced. Samelson will be tasked with helping to expand GLN’s technology.

 

Ping has reached an agreement with Arccos Golf to include its Smart Grip and Smart Sensor technology on all Ping golf clubs via the company’s custom-order process. Ping also announced that Golf Pride will be the clubmaker’s exclusive supplier of the Arccos Smart Grip.

 

The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif., recently hosted the Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament, which raised $2.2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The tournament, named after actor Patrick Warburton, attracted more than 75 singers, songwriters, actors and sports figures.

 

Destination Kohler will have all four of its Pete Dye-designed courses open by Friday, the Kohler, Wis., resort announced. The Irish Course at Whistling Straits and Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run opened April 17. The Straits Course at Whistling Straits and the River Course at Blackwolf Run are scheduled to open Friday. With the season openings, Destination Kohler also announced stay-and-play packages for the golf season.

 

Golf Channel will begin more than a month of postseason NCAA golf coverage with today’s women’s regional selections. The selection show airs at 5:30 p.m. EDT for the May 6-8 regionals at four sites. The following Wednesday, the men’s regional selections will air at 9 p.m. EDT. The NCAA Division I women’s and men’s tournaments will be played at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville Ark.: May 17-22 for the women and May 24-29 for the men.

 

Golf Business Solutions has appointed Rick Coffey as national sales manager for private clubs. Coffey will lead GBS’ initiatives in the private-club business. GBS, which is managed by Golf Channel as part of NBC Sports Group, offers business-to-business services.

 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America will help lead 17 teams from the We Are Golf Coalition during a community-service project on Washington's National Mall on April 30, the day before National Golf Day. The event will focus on beautification projects between the Lincoln Memorial and 7th Street.

 


CALENDAR
April 25-27
Junior boys: Sage Valley Junior Invitational

Sage Valley GC, Graniteville, S.C.

April 25-28
Women’s amateur: Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific

The Royal Club, Hokota, Japan

Web.com: Dormie Network Classic

Briggs Ranch GC, San Antonio

European: Trophee Hassan II

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco

LPGA: Hugel-Air Premia L.A. Open

Wilshire CC, Los Angeles

PGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.

April 26-28
Champions: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf

Top of the Rock and Ozarks National, Ridgedale, Mo.

Symetra: Murphy USA El Drado Shootout

Mystic Creek GC, El Dorado, Ark.

Men’s amateur: Terra Cotta Invitational

Naples (Fla.) National GC

April 27 - May 1
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball

Timuquana CC, Jacksonville, Fla.

May 1
Industry: National Golf Day

Capitol Hill, Washington


      
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