THURSDAY  | MAY 16, 2019
by Alex Miceli

Is it overthinking? Or is it about ownership? Or is it a little bit of both?

The questions about Jordan Spieth and his missing-in-action performance during the past 22 months are part of the discussion at the 101st PGA Championship, which begins today at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course (tee times).

What is wrong? Will he be a factor? Can he win again?

Spieth, who will attempt to win the career Grand Slam this week, is a three-time major champion. However, he hasn’t won one of golf’s top four prizes since the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale.



by Gary Van Sickle

Not every story idea pans out. I had a brilliant one that laid an egg Wednesday.

To help preview the 101st PGA Championship, CBS brought its army of impressive “talent,” as they’re known in TV-speak, to the media center Wednesday morning at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, including the big chief, producer Lance Barrow. Jim Nantz to Nick Faldo, Verne Lundquist, Frank Nobilo, Peter Kostis, Dottie Pepper, Gary McCord – the list goes on – they all lined up on the stage. Barrow introduced his group as “the greatest golf announcing team there is in sports, in my opinion.”

My superb story idea came from a deep dive into historical data, something I do every morning before I choke down a bowl of Lucky Charms. I discovered that McCord, one of golf’s most amusing personalities, played in three PGA Championships. They were his only major-championship appearances in 406 PGA Tour starts.



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Questionable timing behind lawsuit against Woods
Though the DUI death of Nicholas Immesberger, a bartender at Tiger Woods’ restaurant in Jupiter, Fla., was a tragedy, I would question why the family and its attorney waited five months to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Woods, his restaurant and others (“In the news,” May 15).

Could it be that Immesberger’s family and its attorney wanted to take advantage of the fact that it is the week of a major championship, the PGA, and that their suit would draw additional publicity?



Record number of PGA Championships, won by Walter Hagen (1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927) and Jack Nicklaus (1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980). Tiger Woods, a four-time PGA champion (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007) will seek to equal the career mark this week.




Hawk & Rude: PGA preview
John Hawkins and Jeff Rude break down the year’s second major championship: who’s hot, who’s not, and why Tiger Woods won’t be going back-to-back.

The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. preview this week’s PGA Championship. Rees Jones, the course architect who brought Bethpage Black up to modern standards, joins the show. Also, there’s audio from Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka, the defending champion. Alex Miceli, the co-founder of Morning Read, wraps up the show.


French Lick (Ind.) Resort has received an Editors’ Choice Award from Golf Digest as one of the best golf resorts in the Midwest. French Lick’s Pete Dye and Donald Ross courses also have been ranked among the magazine’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses: Dye at No. 17 and Ross at No. 99.


Golf visitors to Hilton Head Island, S.C., will find easier access to the area’s 16 golf courses. A recent runway expansion at Hilton Head’s airport plus new daily non-stops flights will welcome larger jets to the island.


The spring golf season has arrived on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and Island Resort & Casino’s Sweetgrass Golf Course near Escanaba has opened with new golf packages. The new Sage Run Golf Course is scheduled to open May 31. Both courses were designed by Paul Albanese.


Italy’s Anna Zanusso, who won the 2018 Annika Invitational Europe, has received a sponsor exemption to play in the La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational, the season-opening event on the Ladies European Tour. The announcement was made by the Annika Foundation, which serves as the charitable organization of Annika Sorenstam, a World Golf Hall of Fame member.


Hammock Dunes Club, an oceanfront private club in Palm Coast, Fla., revealed its renovated clubhouse to members May 3. The completed three-year, $7.2 million expansion project featured improvements to the 40,000-square-foot Links Clubhouse, notably a fitness center, formal dining room and the Dunes Tavern.


McConnell Golf has been selected to manage Porters Neck Country Club in Wilmington, N.C. McConnell Golf, which is based in Raleigh, N.C., operates more than a dozen private clubs in the Carolinas and Tennessee.


Seven golf properties managed by KemperSports received a National Golf Foundation Loyalty Award, which recognizes facilities with the highest scores in customer satisfaction. Sand Creek Station Golf Club in Newton, Kan., won the top honor in the “less than $70” green-fee category, and Heron Glen Golf Course in Ringoes, N.J., won in the “more than $70” category.


NextLinks, a technology-driven golf-entertainment company, introduced the NextLinks Smart Green synthetic putting green. The technology, which is available to golf courses, entertainment complexes, bars and restaurants, features NextLinks’ software-and-laser-light-driven putting games. NextLinks’ first installation, at Indian Wells in Palm Springs, Calif., has led the resort’s “Shots in the Night” program.


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. Knoxville Open

Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.

PGA Tour: PGA Championship

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

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