FRIDAY  | APRIL 26, 2019
by Adam Schupak

The Legends of Golf has become one of golf's great misnomers.

The last time that both members of the winning team were major champions? You have to go back to 2010, when Mark O'Meara and Nick Price won the title. The very next year is when things really got goofy as Mark McNulty and David Eger claimed the trophy. For starters, what were those guys even doing in the field? The same could be said for defending champions Kirk Triplett and Paul Broadhurst. Good people, fine golfers, but “legends,” they are not.

 


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by John Hawkins

Life ain’t fair, or so the saying goes, and golf does an excellent job in reminding us of that. You want equity? Go see a financial adviser. You want a reward for all that time you spent hitting balls? Practice more, hotshot. And remember: You owe the game a whole lot more than the game owes you.

Some injustices can be fixed, however, which is why the boss called the other day. If the reigning U.S. Amateur champion is exempt for three of the four majors, he wondered, why doesn’t the winner of the NCAA men’s individual title get into any? The Asia-Pacific Amateur champ automatically qualifies for the Masters and British Open. In 2012, that happened to be 13-year-old Tianlang Guan, whose appearance at Augusta National the following spring was made memorable by the two-stroke penalty he received for slow play.

 


Long-time golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude are co-hosts of a weekly podcast, Hawk & Rude, in which they discuss and debate the hottest issues in golf. They also share their takes in this weekly installment.

Should the PGA Tour expand its offering of alternate-format events instead of adhering to stroke play for all but three tournaments?

 


Give Woods some credit; he knows better
I’ve been reading a lot of articles and reader comments talking about how Tiger Woods had the advantage of watching several opponents hit it into the water on No. 12 at Augusta National during the final round of the Masters (“Simply the best because he believes it,” April 23); (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 24; April 25).

Here’s the thing: Woods has played Augusta National for more than 20 years, and he never was going to go at the pin on No. 12 on Sunday. It’s a sucker pin placement.

 


Announced: By Tiger Woods, that he will play in the Zozo Championship, the PGA Tour’s first official event in Japan. The Oct. 24-27 tournament, a 78-man, no-cut event with a $9.75 million purse, will be held at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Inzai, just east of Tokyo.

 


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Number of strokes under par that American Stacy Lewis and Australian Hannah Green stood after the first round Thursday to lead the LPGA’s Hugel-Air Premia LA Open. Both toured Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles without a bogey.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has announced a flash sale. For bookings made through April 28, rooms will be discounted 25 percent and select golf and spa packages will be discounted 10 percent. The rates are good for stays from April 28 through Feb. 13.

 

The U.S. Disabled Golf Association Championship will be held May 14-15 at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va., signaling the start of the para-golf championship season. At the USDGA event, officials from the U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance will meet with leaders from the International Golf Federation and the U.S. Golf Association.

 

We Are Golf, a coalition of the game’s leading organizations, will host the 12th annual National Golf Day on May 1 in Washington. More than 300 industry leaders are scheduled to meet with members of Congress to discuss golf’s economic and societal attributes.

 

KemperSports has been selected by the township council of West Orange, N.J., to manage Rock Spring Golf Club, the management company announced. KemperSports will convert the former private club, which recently was purchased by the township, into a daily-fee facility. The Seth Raynor-designed course tentatively is set to open on an undetermined date in May.

 

Tierra Rejada Golf Club in Moorpark, Calif., will celebrate its 20th anniversary on May 18, the club announced. The daylong event, which is open to the public, will include golf activities, equipment demonstrations, food, beverage and live music.

 

Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio will show off designer Tom Fazio's handiwork via the Web.com Tour this weekend. The Dormie Network Classic teed off Thursday, with 156 players competing for a $550,000 purse on the developmental tour. The Web.com Tour will conclude its season on Labor Day weekend at another Dormie Network course designed by Fazio: Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind.

 


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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