WEDNESDAY  | MAY 8, 2019
by Dave Seanor

Note to PGA Tour: Take a cue from the Kentucky Derby. Don’t fear the penalty.

A thoroughbred named Maximum Security crossed the finish line first Saturday at the 145th Run for the Roses, but a bold decision by race officials nullified the apparent victory. It was determined that Maximum Security had swerved into the path of two other horses, thereby impeding their progress. As a result, the horse with the fastest time was relegated to 17th place and a 65-1 shot, Country House, was declared the winner.

The episode prompted me to wonder: How would the PGA Tour handle similar circumstances?

 


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by Adam Schupak

As Tiger Woods sets his sights on winning his 16th major next week at the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, I can't help but think of the one that got away. It was nearly 10 years ago that South Korea's Y.E. Yang pulled off one of the biggest upsets in sports.

Woods held a two-stroke lead going into the final round of the PGA at Hazeltine. He was 14-for-14 in majors and 36-1 overall when leading after 54 holes. He was The Terminator. He was more of a sure thing than New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. This was supposed to be the next step on the way to breaking Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships.

 


A MESSAGE FROM TOUR EDGE

Exotics staff player Scott McCarron won the 2019 Mitsubishi Electric Classic and Insperity Invitational on the PGA Tour Champions playing a Tour Edge Exotics CBX 119 hybrid; a 19-degree with a Project X Even Flow Black shaft, the same shaft that is available to consumers as a stock offering in the CBX 119 line.

This marks the fourth victory on the PGA Tour Champions for McCarron since switching to Exotics in 2018.

 


Hoping for a hit in Houston
It certainly is too bad that the Houston Open lost its springtime date when Shell bowed out as title sponsor (“Tour messes with Texas, eroding a legacy,” May 7). It’s also too bad that other businesses in Houston were dealing with the disastrous fallout from Hurricane Harvey at the time (many people are still out of their homes), and PGA Tour sponsorship was the least of their worries.

Jim Crane, who owns baseball’s Houston Astros, has picked up the mantle of title sponsor with his Houston Astros Foundation. After seeing the hoops that the city of Houston had to jump through in order to satisfy the PGA Tour, it’s a wonder that any tournament can find a title sponsor.

 


Approved: For John Daly, the use of a riding cart at next week’s PGA Championship because of an ailing right knee. Daly cited the Americans with Disabilities Act in seeking the use of a cart, the PGA of America said. Daly, 53, says he has osteoarthritis in the knee, which affects his ability to walk.

 


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Number of the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking who will be playing in the PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson this week in Dallas. Only No. 3-ranked Brooks Koepka and No. 19 Patrick Reed were listed among the OWGR’s top 20 who were entered in the tournament, which begins Thursday at Trinity Forest Golf Club (tee times).

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: The trouble with Texas
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude are joined by former PGA Tour executive Ric Clarson in a discussion about the decline of both tournaments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Carr Golf is offering a getaway to Northern Ireland in conjunction with the British Open, which will be played July 18-21 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. The five-day “Dream Open Championship 2019 Package” will be held July 21-25 and include lodging, golf, tickets to the final round of the Open and other perks.

 

Youth on Course has opened registration for its fourth annual Hundred Hole Hike. Participants nationwide will try to complete more than five rounds of golf in one day to secure donations for Youth on Course, which provides subsidized golf and other programs for youngsters.

 

TPC Danzante Bay, a Rees Jones design on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, is offering an “Unlimited Golf Package” through Dec. 20. Prices begin at $288 per person, per night at the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto.

 

Peakvision Sunglasses is offering a 15-percent discount on purchases made at www.peakvision.com, in time for Mother’s Day. Peakvision offers three styles popular with women: GX5, AV1 and DG1.

 

KemperSports has been selected by Capital Properties to manage golf operations at Links at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Md. The Pete Dye Signature Course, which opened this year, is a private club on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and also features the Jim McLean Golf Academy.

 

Troon and touring professional Cheyenne Woods are sponsoring the “Golf With Cheyenne Woods” sweepstakes in which one golfer and three friends can win a round of golf with Woods at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. The drawing will be held Sept. 2. Woods competes on the LPGA and Ladies European tours.

 

Rob Labritz, who endorses V1 Sports, will compete in next week’s PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. Labritz, the director of golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y., tied for eighth place at the recent PGA Professional Championship, earning one of 20 spots for the year’s second major championship.

 

Boyne Golf is seeking requests for proposal from advertising agencies to promote the Michigan resort. Boyne Golf features 10 courses spread across three resorts that total 10,000 acres in Michigan.

 


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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