MONDAY  | MAY 6, 2019
by Mike Purkey

If it’s important enough to get a tattoo – because a tattoo is nothing short of a commitment – then it must be some kind of meaningful. Max Homa has the word “relentless” inked on his right arm. It’s his favorite word.

Tim Grover wrote a book called, “Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable.” Grover is a sports performance and mental coach and made a name for himself working with NBA legends and superstars, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. Homa got the book from a basketball trainer at the University of California, where he was an All-American golfer.



by Dan O’Neill

President Donald Trump will present Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom today at the White House. As you must know, the 43-year-old Woods rose from the career ashes to win at Augusta National a few weeks ago. Is there any question that all Americans sleep easier knowing Woods is the Masters champion?

After all, we live in a world that has golf tournaments, and those tournaments have to be won by men with clubs. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? Tiger has a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines; you have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what Tiger knows, that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives; and Tiger’s win at the Masters, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives … or something like that.


It’s time for golf to face the music
In response to reader Jim Kavanagh (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 3): If guys will not play unless they have their music blaring – and I have played with guys like that – then the game is going in the wrong direction. Just because I have played for more than 50 years in quiet does not mean that it is wrong in today's world.

If everyone in the foursome says OK, then I couldn’t care less. But if one person objects, that means shut the music. The game for most of us is about a single moment of perfect concentration, and the distraction is damaging.


Committed: To Saudi Arabia as a tournament host, the European Tour. Commissioner Keith Pelley said the tour will return in 2020 after having staged its inaugural Saudi event in January. “It was the right decision for our tour,” Pelley said in an interview with Reuters.



Score, a birdie, made by American Robby Shelton on the first playoff hole as he defeated countryman Scottie Scheffler to win the Tour’s Nashville Golf Open on Sunday.



Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., will co-host the North American launch of the Global Golf4 Cancer awareness campaign on Tuesday. The program’s specially designed flags will adorn the flagsticks on the No. 4 holes at Sea Pines’ Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes courses.


Officials at Royal New Kent Golf Club have compiled favorable reviews of the recent renovation directed by new owner Wingfield Golf Management. Royal New Kent, a 1997 Mike Strantz design, is located in New Kent, Va.


Scott McCarron, a Tour Edge Exotics staff member, won the Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational while playing an Exotics 19-degree CBX 119 hybrid, the club maker announced. It is his fourth victory on the 50-and-older tour since he switched to the hybrid last year, the company said.


May 6-8
College women: NCAA Division I regionals

4 sites: Tumble Creek Club, Cle Elum, Wash.; Forest Akers West GC, Lansing, Mich.; Jimmie Austin OU GC, Norman, Okla.; Saugahatchee CC, Opelika, Ala.

May 9-11
Symetra: IOA Invitational

Atlanta National GC, Milton, Ga.

May 9-12
PGA Tour: AT&T Byron Nelson

Trinity Forest GC, Dallas

Champions: Regions Tradition

Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Ala. KC Golf Classic

Blue Hills CC, Kansas City, Mo.

European: British Masters

Hillside GC, Southport, England

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