WEDNESDAY  | MAY 15, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

It’s funny what one capricious gust of wind can do.

When Tiger Woods finished his pre-PGA Championship interview in the media center Tuesday morning at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., more than half of those in the packed room got up and left, even though they were told that defending PGA champion Brooks Koepka would arrive in just a moment.

The media exodus, a rush that would’ve been rivaled only by an announcement of free pizza in the back of the media center, created its own zephyr.

 


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Daly, Woods deserve our understanding
The comments by reader Ginny Kavanagh about John Daly perhaps hitching a ride on the beer cart at the PGA Championship were most unfortunate and reflect why golf is not growing in the United States (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 13). It seems that in Kavanagh’s view, the trashing of a hotel room (by John Daly) is worse than the destruction of one’s own family (by Tiger Woods).

Both are unfortunate, but let’s be honest: a proper apology and monetary compensation can fix a hotel room. Nothing can fix a fractured family due to infidelity.

 


Filed: A wrongful-death lawsuit against Tiger Woods and his girlfriend, who is the general manager of Woods’ restaurant, The Woods Jupiter in Jupiter, Fla., after an employee died Dec. 10 in a car crash, according to media reports.

 


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Number of consecutive years that American Dustin Johnson will tee off at the PGA Championship as the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Rounds 4 Research raised nearly $364,000 in its May online auction to support turfgrass studies, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America reported. The program, administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf, sold 1,465 rounds of golf.

 

Kevin P. Breen and Paul Vermeulen have been appointed to the board of trustees for the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Breen is the superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif. Vermeulen is the senior vice president of agronomy for the PGA Tour.

 

Omega is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a short film featuring spokesman Rory McIlroy, who is playing this week at the PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. Omega's Speedmaster Professional was the only model of watch that qualified for all of NASA's piloted space missions. When Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon in 1969, he was wearing a Speedmaster Professional.

 

Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, a 200-room facility that opened last month in Los Cabos, Mexico, drew inspiration from the Japanese Nobu brand. Created by Japanese celebrity chef “Nobu” Matsuhisa and American actor-director Robert De Niro, the hotel is the first Nobu facility in Mexico and the ninth worldwide.

 

The winners on four major professional tours during the past weekend had one thing in common: all wore footwear with Champ cleats. The winners of the PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson, the European Tour’s British Masters, the Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition and the Web.com Tour’s KC Golf Classic wore a variety of manufacturers’ shoes that featured replaceable Champ cleats.

 

Global Value Commerce has launched a giveaway this week to coincide with the PGA Championship. Through today, visitors to GlobalGolf.com can enter a drawing for a chance to win a year’s supply of TaylorMade golf balls.

 

Golftec recorded the most successful first quarter in the company’s history, providing 250,000-plus golf lessons and increasing year-over-year merchandise sales by 20-plus percent. During the first three months of the year, Golftec also opened five new or remodeled centers.

 

Mark Pachtner, the director of racket sports at Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., will receive the U.S. Professional Tennis Association’s Lessons for Life Award. The honor, to be presented Friday in Phoenix, recognizes USPTA members who have done the most to raise money for charities through tennis events.

 

Reynolds Lake Oconee will host the second annual Reynolds Cup on Oct. 2-3 at the resort in Greensboro, Ga. The 36-hole event will consist of 40 two-person teams, with play over Reynolds’ Creek Club and Great Waters courses.

 

Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects expects to debut its Hoiana Shores Golf Club in Vietnam this fall, headlining the company’s worldwide projects in 2019. The company’s first course in Vietnam, along the central coast, incorporates dunes and the nearby crashing surf.

 


CALENDAR
May 13-15
College men: NCAA Division I regionals

TPC Myrtle Beach (S.C.); University of Louisville GC, Simpsonville, Ky.; University of Texas GC, Austin, Texas; University of Georgia GC, Athens, Ga.; Stanford (Calif.) GC; Palouse Ridge GC, Pullman, Wash.

May 15-17
Symetra: Symetra Classic

River Run CC, Davidson, N.C.

May 16-19
Women’s pro: U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Pine Needles Lodge, Southern Pines, N.C.

Web.com: Knoxville Open

Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.

PGA Tour: PGA Championship

Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale, N.Y.


      
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