THURSDAY  | MAY 2, 2019
by Mike Purkey

Can it truly be that Rory McIlroy is about to turn 30? Wasn’t it just yesterday that he burst into our consciousness by winning the Dubai Desert Classic at age 19? And his first PGA Tour victory came here at the Wells Fargo Championship, just two days before turning 21.

He looked like a child then, a mere slip of a lad with cherubic cheeks and a wide, toothy grin. McIlroy’s talent at such a young age created upside that hadn’t come along in professional golf in a good while. The world was laid out in front of him, his for the taking.



by John Hawkins

What if Tiger Woods hadn’t attempted a comeback? Here’s a guy in his early 40s, with two young kids, a house worth more than $50 million and a surgically-repaired body stuck in the perpetual-rehab cycle. Fame has turned its back on him several times, leaving one of the world’s richest and most influential athletes with a tainted legacy and plenty of reasons to wonder.

Is returning to competitive golf really worth it? Does the possibility of yet another injury make the risk greater than the reward? It’s easy to answer those questions now, but 16 months ago, there certainly were no guarantees. And if it’s a bit silly to label Woods’ resurgence as the greatest comeback in sports history, given what Ben Hogan survived in February 1949 and the depth of his accomplishments afterward, then it’s easy to rationalize this heavily populated exodus to the Sea of Hyperbole.


by Alex Miceli

The story of Bandon Dunes easily could have been lumped in with the Ford Edsel or New Coke as some of the biggest commercial flops in history.

To think that someone would purchase 1,200-plus acres of land, predominantly covered in gorse bushes, with its lone redeeming quality being an extensive shoreline on the Pacific Ocean, well, it just as easily could have been called Keiser’s Folly.

That’s what was unknown in 1999, when Bandon Dunes opened to the public on Sunday, May 2.


2 and 1

Winning score for Megan Furtney and Erica Shepherd, who defeated Jillian Bourdage and Casey Weidenfeld in an all-teen final of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball on Wednesday afternoon at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla. Furtney, 18, of South Elgin, Ill., and Shepherd, 18, of Greenwood, Ind., will be teammates at Duke this fall.


Selected: By the NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Committee, the 81 teams and 45 individuals for the six regionals, which will be played May 13-15. The low five teams and the low individual not on one of those teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship.




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.

The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. preview this week’s Wells Fargo Championship and discuss the significance of the recent victory for Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer in New Orleans. Also, Alex Miceli, the founder and publisher of Morning Read, offers his insights.


Golf-industry leaders met with congressional representatives from 41 states during the 12th annual National Golf Day on Wednesday in Washington. The coalition We Are Golf rallied more than 300 industry leaders to promote the golf economy, which officials estimated at $84.1 billion.


Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn., will open its golf season May 10 and offer stay-and-play packages for 2019. Accommodations include the Villas at Giants Ridge and GreenGate Guest Houses, with play at Giants Ridge’s two courses: The Quarry and The Legend.


Ping has introduced the Valor 400, the company’s highest-MOI Sigma 2 putter model to date. The counter-balanced mallet features a 400-gram head and a 38-inch shaft with a 15-inch grip. The putter is available for custom fitting and purchase at authorized Ping golf shops.


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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