THURSDAY  | APRIL 25, 2019
by Mike Purkey

Golf’s compass is pointed due north at this moment, not only because the next major championship is in New York but because almost all of the game’s stars are trending the same way: up. Which means that anticipation for the first PGA Championship to be conducted in May in decades could be at a feverish high for what used to be thought of as the fourth major.

And it’s not all about Tiger Woods. A lot but not all. Still, you can’t ignore the tidal wave of attention, excitement and pure passion that has come crashing down on the sporting landscape. Even non-golfers are talking about the game again. And if Woods had finished second at the Masters – like he did at last year’s PGA Championship – we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

 


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Woods wins with ‘strategic advantage’
Reader Greg Cooper was wondering about Tiger Woods and his playing in the last group and whether that affected the Masters (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 24).

On the 12th hole, Woods saw four players hit into the water while trying to make a high-risk shot. Why did those players attempt that shot? They had to assume that Woods would make that shot and score birdies and perhaps an eagle the rest of the way in. That is intimidation in its purest form.

 


Selected: By the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee, the 72 teams and 24 individuals for the four regionals to be played May 6-8.

 


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Number of victories in the past two Zurich Classic of New Orleans tournaments who are represented in today’s 12:57 p.m. CDT pairing on No. 1 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. Sweden’s Jonas Blixt and Australia’s Cameron Smith, the 2017 champions, will be paired with Americans Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy, the 2018 winners.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Bernie Friedrich, the longtime head of resort sales at Boyne Golf, has been elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. The induction will be held June 2 at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Club, the new home of Michigan’s golf shrine.

 

Annika Sorenstam will be the host of the Ladies European Tour’s inaugural La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational on May 16-19 in Sotogrande, Spain. Sorenstam, 48, of Sweden, won 72 tournaments on the LPGA, ranking third all-time, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003. She will conduct a junior clinic and play in the pro-am.

 

Short Par 4 is introducing the Magnolia Membership, a subscription box created for women. Initially, the new feature will include apparel, accessories and gear curated by Lexi Thompson, a 10-time winner on the LPGA.

 

Sea Pines Resort, which recently hosted the PGA Tour, welcomes everyday golfers to Hilton Head Island, S.C., with its “Play Where The Pros Play” package. The offer includes one round of golf on each of Sea Pines’ three courses: Harbour Town, site of the recent RBC Heritage, and Heron Point, both Pete Dye designs, and Atlantic Dunes, which was created by five-time Heritage winner Davis Love III. Prices start at $255 per person, per night for the four-day/three-night package.

 

Golf Channel will launch a busy week of televised golf beginning today with coverage of three major professional tours plus amateur golf. The network will air the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the LPGA’s Hugel-Air Premia LA Open, the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II and the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific today through the weekend. Later this week, the Champions Tour’s Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf and the PGA Professional Championship will air.

 


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 Dorado 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.

April 28 - May 1
Men’s pro: PGA Professional Championship

Belfair GC (East and West), Bluffton, S.C.

May 1
Industry: National Golf Day

Capitol Hill, Washington


      
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