WEDNESDAY  | MAY 1, 2019
by Mike Purkey

It was a shock, frankly. Justin Rose was No. 1 in the world and had a recent track record that led many to believe that he would be one of the clear favorites when the Masters commenced in the second week of April.

Rose tied for second at Augusta National in 2015, four strokes behind Jordan Spieth, and lost in a playoff to Sergio Garcia in 2017. This season, Rose won the Farmers Insurance Open in January and tied for eighth at the Players Championship two months later. Yet, inexplicably, he shot 75-73 around Augusta National and missed the cut by one. If no one else saw anything like this coming, Rose himself had a clue or two.



by Gary Van Sickle

Tiger Woods is the gift who keeps on giving.

He gave modern golf the gift of history. While Tiger was making history, what with those first 14 major championship and the unthinkable achievement of holding all four major titles at once, he also was chasing history. The target was Jack Nicklaus and 18 professional majors – 20, if you’re a traditionalist counting the two U.S. Amateurs that Jack won.


A great triumvirate of sore spots
Three things that are topics lately:

1. Tiger Woods' Masters victory was historic and great for golf (“Woods pads legend with ‘greatest victory’,” April 15). I'd guess that 95 percent of us were happy to sit back and watch history unfold. But there are 5 percent of people who, no matter how big the moment, just have to flap their gums about an event. It doesn't matter whether a man could land on Mars, but a few folks would feel the need to provide extra commentary.


Paired: Three reigning major champions – the Masters’ Tiger Woods, the British Open’s Francesco Molinari and the PGA and U.S. Open’s Brooks Koepka – for the first round of this month’s PGA Championship, said Kerry Haigh, the PGA of America’s chief championships officer.



Number of times that Rory McIlroy has won the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship, which returns to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., beginning Thursday.




Hawk & Rude: Tigerless Quail and no love for snails
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude are joined by Golf Channel insider Rex Hoggard to discuss the latest headlines in the topsy-turvy world of pro golf.


Golftec will host the inaugural Twin Cities Demo Day at the Bunker Hills Golf Club practice range in Coon Rapids, Minn., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11. Representatives from many of the top equipment manufacturers will display their products, and custom clubs can be purchased onsite.


Lamkin has introduced two models to its line of Sonar grips, the manufacturer announced. Sonar Tour and Sonar Wrap add to Lamkin’s lineup of all-weather grips.


Ben Wilson, an assistant golf professional at The Clubs at St. James Plantation in Southport, N.C., has been selected to play in the Bush Institute Warrior Open. The tournament honors U.S. service members who have been wounded since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. The event will be held May 5-6 at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. Wilson, a former Marine sergeant who was medically retired after sustaining injuries in Iraq, is one of 24 wounded warriors picked to compete.


For the eighth year, May is being celebrated as Player Development Month at Troon-affiliated daily-fee golf courses, private clubs and Troon Golf Academy sites. Troon facilities will host golf clinics designed for all levels of ability.


Rich Taylor has been hired as director of golf development for TPC Danzante Bay at Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto in Baja California Sur, Mexico, the resort announced. Since 2007, Taylor, an industry veteran, has run his own sales and marketing company in Bend, Ore.


Troon has acquired Green Golf Partners, a course-management company in Indianapolis. GGP, which was founded in 2011, manages 18 public and private golf courses in five states. The move represents Troon’s fourth acquisition in the past 10 months.


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

May 2-5
European: Volvo China Open

Genzon GC, Shenzhen, China

LPGA: LPGA Mediheal Championship

Lake Merced GC, Daly City, Calif.

PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C. Nashville Golf Open

Nashville (Tenn.) Golf & Athletic Club

May 3-5
Champions: Insperity Invitational

Woodlands (Texas) CC (Tournament)

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