FRIDAY  | MAY 3, 2019
by Ron Kroichick

Lydia Ko crouched in the fairway earlier this week and sheepishly examined the plaque embedded in the grass. She already had an honorary membership and a locker at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif.

And now she has her own permanent marker, right there in the 18th fairway.

To say that Ko likes Lake Merced counts as a grand understatement. She loves Lake Merced. She also needs the course – a classic layout with tight, twisting, tree-lined fairways and challenging greens – to rejuvenate her strangely stalled career.


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.

Does Tiger Woods’ absence at this week’s PGA Tour stop in Charlotte help or hurt his chances in two weeks at the PGA Championship?


To feel golf’s future vibe, turn up the volume, dude
I recently participated in a general rules meeting with some other officials. One of them is a minority partner with a group that owns a public-access golf course. The notion of the USGA's new standards of player conduct was a part of the discussion.

This particular ownership group seems to be uncomfortable with players who listen to music, wear their hats backwards and leave their shirts untucked. My question was whether or not these offensive Cro-Magnons paid proper green fees. “Of course,” was the reply. “Everybody has to pay.”

Well, then, what's the problem?


Scheduled: For Monday in the White House Rose Garden, a ceremony for Tiger Woods to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump, the Trump Administration confirmed Wednesday.



Number of birdies that Rory McIlroy made on the back nine at Quail Hollow Club to rally to a 5-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead Wednesday at the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.



Billy Casper Golf has been hired to manage Middlesex (N.J.) County Golf Courses, consisting of Tamarack, The Meadows at Middlesex and Raritan Landing. BCG will celebrate with a ribbon cutting and inaugural tee shot at Tamarack Golf Course on Saturday.


Go Golf Kauai, a network of daily-fee and resort courses in Kauai, Hawaii, has launched a new website. Officials say that visitors to will find easier access to tee times, group outings and stay-and-play packages.


Lynx Golf reported a 35-percent year-over-year increase in sales during the first quarter of 2019. The U.K.-based company makes golf clubs and accessories.


Billy Casper Golf has been hired to manage Kinston (N.C.) Country Club. The club will be managed by BCG’s private-club division, Billy Casper Signature.


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)

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