TUESDAY  | MAY 7, 2019
 
 
Morning Read's Alex Miceli saluted Max Homa, who can afford to pay for his wedding after having won the recent Wells Fargo Championship for his first PGA Tour victory. A potential honeymoon destination for the Homas could be Bandon Dunes, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. As an option, Miceli might suggest Wrigley Field, where the home team is on a winning streak of its own.

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by John Hawkins

Writing about the success and failure of golf tournaments isn’t exactly the sexiest of storylines. People in Missouri don’t care about the health of the PGA Tour stop in North Carolina. People in North Carolina aren’t all that broken up about the death of the FedEx Cup playoff tilt in New England. And serious fans everywhere have virtually no interest in understanding the most awkward bureaucratic infrastructure in pro sports.

All those governmental bodies? Nonsense. You almost need a Ph.D. to fully grasp the PGAs and R&A, much less the USGA, and if you happen to have a high IQ, you probably have better things to do. Golf is a star-driven enterprise. The players are what really matter. We root for certain guys and become immersed in the competitive drama on a Sunday afternoon, largely oblivious to anybody behind the curtain. Especially the guys wearing $200 neckties.

 


by Gary Van Sickle

We all know what the big story will be at next week’s PGA Championship. Can a revitalized Tiger Woods win his 16th major championship?

Steel yourselves for be full-blown TigerMania at Bethpage Park’s Black Course.

Here’s an alternative-history question for you, though: Why isn’t Phil Mickelson going for his 16th major championship at next week’s PGA Championship? He easily could be.

 


Barnes deserves credit for career Grand Slam
As men’s professional golf looks forward to this year’s second major championship, we can reflect on the winner of the first two PGAs (in 1916 and 1919), yet he never played in the Masters: England’s Jim Barnes. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of Barnes’ 1919 triumph. Barnes also won a U.S. Open (1921) and a British Open (1925). Those four major-championship titles put Barnes on the list of 17 golfers who have won at least three of golf’s four professional majors. Only Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods have won all four professional majors.

Barnes is easily the least well known of the 17 players on that list.

 


Accepted: By Tiger Woods, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in a ceremony Monday afternoon at the White House Rose Garden with President Donald Trump. Woods, 43, won the Masters last month for his 15th major championship and 81st victory on the PGA Tour after having undergone spinal-fusion surgery two years ago. Trump called Woods “a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive.”

 


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Odds for Tiger Woods, the favorite, to win the PGA Championship next week, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Kevin Frisch PR, a public-relations firm based in Gaylord, Mich., has hired Carl Mickelson as a senior vice president. Mickelson will focus on client and media relations, and business development.

 

Cordillera Ranch in Boerne, Texas, has opened an office and visitors center. A celebration for the opening of the Vista Offices and Visitors Center will be held at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 25.

 

The winner of the Wells Fargo Championship wore cleated shoes, according to PrideSports, which manufactures the Champ and Softspikes brands. The winner wore FootJoy Icon shoes with Softspikes Pulsar Fast Twist 3.0 cleats.

 

Rock Spring Golf Club in West Orange, N.J., will reopen May 10 as a public course, according to KemperSports, which manages the facility. West Orange Township will host an open house for the community at 6 p.m. May 9. The course, a Seth Raynor and Charles Banks design, opened in 1927.

 

Great Shots, a golf-and-entertainment center scheduled to open in November in Sioux Falls, S.D., has named Jonathan Buckley as general manager. Great Shots will be located in the Sanford Sports Complex.

 

Coastal Alabama Golf will play host to the third annual Coastal Alabama Couples Classic on Sept. 26-29. The host courses – Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club, Craft Farms Golf Resort and Rock Creek Golf Club – will be the site of three days of golf plus food, beverage and activities. The price is $1,200 per couple.

 


CALENDAR
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.

Web.com: KC Golf Classic

Blue Hills CC, Kansas City, Mo.

European: British Masters

Hillside GC, Southport, England


      
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