FRIDAY  | MAY 31, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

This week really shouldn’t have any bearing on who might or might not win the U.S. Open in two weeks.

The courses couldn’t be much more different. In fact, Muirfield Village might be the answer to the question, “What’s the opposite of Pebble Beach?” For example …

 


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by Alex Miceli

Vaughn Taylor has made a good living on the PGA Tour in his 21 years of playing professional golf.

At 43, Taylor has earned nearly $17 million in his career. With a T-58 last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge, he moved to $916,896 for the 2018-19 season.

 


by Adam Schupak

CBS Sports executive producer Lance Barrow has one rule at the Memorial: anyone who goes to the men's locker room with him to have a milkshake has to order the Buckeye, that sumptuous mix of chocolate ice cream and peanut butter.

"It's unique to Columbus," Barrow said. "I've never tasted a Buckeye as good as at Muirfield Village, and I'd never bother to have one anywhere else."

 


Long-time golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude are co-hosts of a weekly podcast, Hawk & Rude, in which they discuss and debate the hottest issues in golf. They also share their takes in this weekly installment.

Where does Pebble Beach rank on your list of U.S. Open venues?

 


Look at Haney from American perspective
I never have been a fan of Hank Haney’s. However, I don’t believe that what he said about not being able to name the LPGA players, but that “Lee” would be a good guess, was racist. Nationalist, yes; racist, no (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30).

If 90 percent of the PGA Tour pros were from any country in the world but the U.S., most Americans would pay it little attention. If there were no dominant PGA Tour golfer from the U.S. and 90 percent of them were from one country – say, France or Russia – would it be racist if Haney said he didn’t know their names but “Boris” and “Jacques” would be good guesses?

 


Suspended: Hank Haney, by SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, after the golf instructor’s comments about women’s golf on his satellite-radio show were criticized as being racially and sexually insensitive (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30).

 


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Number of years since Ryan Moore, who held the first-round lead at the Memorial Tournament, has won on the PGA Tour. Moore, 36, a five-time winner, shot 7-under 65 on Thursday at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and led Jordan Spieth by one stroke.

 


RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Springing into summer
John Hawkins and Jeff Rude discuss a medley of topics with longtime sportswriter Ed Sherman, who covered golf for the Chicago Tribune during the Tiger Woods dynasty.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. welcome Kevin Na back into the winner's circle on the PGA Tour. Also, the co-hosts preview this week’s Memorial, plus what’s to come in two weeks at the U.S. Open. Feature interview: Elisa Gaudet, the founder of Women's Golf Day, which will be held June 4.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Golf Channel announced the hiring of Anna Whiteley as a co-host on the daily news show “Morning Drive.” Whiteley had hosted the TV show “Golfing World” on Golf Channel and Sky Sports. She will join “Morning Drive” beginning Monday.

 

Golf Life Navigators has introduced the next generation of its Marketplace platform to help clubs seeking to connect with consumers looking for a private club. GLN offers Marketplace Entry, Marketplace Link and Marketplace Pro.

 

Stonebridge Golf Club in Rome, Ga., will celebrate the opening of its practice facility with three public events next week. On June 4, June 6 and June 8, the club will host a series of events for golfers to see the practice center at the Arthur Davis-designed public course.

 

Nine Troon-affiliated course have been named by Golf Digest to the magazine’s listing of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. Among the Troon properties, Kapalua’s Plantation Course in Maui, Hawaii, ranked the highest, at No. 22.

 

Mystic Creek Golf Club in El Dorado, Ark., has been named by Golfweek as No. 1 in the state on the magazine’s Best Courses You Can Play list. Mystic Creek, which opened in 2013, was designed by Kenneth Dye Jr.

 

PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., will host its annual Women’s Golf Day clinic on Tuesday, the club announced. The event, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., is open to all skill levels and will be limited to 50 participants. The cost will be $10, and equipment will be provided to anyone who needs it.

 

KemperSports will launch its Player Development Month in June with complimentary lessons and special events at its participating courses around the country. Among the programs will be free 15-minute lessons from staff instructors and other developmental events.

 

The three courses at Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C., have been named to Golfweek magazine’s Best Courses You Can Play state list. Harbour Town Golf Links ranked No. 2 in South Carolina, followed by Atlantic Dunes at No. 8 and Heron Point at No. 11.

 

Troon Women’s Golf Month will be celebrated in June at hundreds of Troon-managed facilities around the world, the company announced. The program, in its fifth year, will be held in conjunction with Women’s Golf Day on Tuesday.

 

The Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash will be held Wednesday at Atlantic City (N.J.) Country Club. It will be the third of six events this year on the World Long Drive Tour to be televised by Golf Channel. The broadcast will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT.

 

The Hawaiian island of Kauai and its daily-fee courses played host to a number of collegiate tournaments during the recently completed season. Wailua Golf Course hosts the annual John Burns Intercollegiate early in the spring season and then welcomed the Big West Conference for its year-end tournament. Princeville Makai Golf Club also entertains college golfers with The Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational.

 

Two golfers with strong Indiana connections accepted exemptions into the Symetra Tour's Donald Ross Classic, which will be played July 11-13 at French Lick (Ind.) Resort. Erica Shepherd, a Duke recruit from Greenwood, will join Taylor Howerton, a second-year professional from Evansville, in the developmental-tour event at the resort's Donald Ross Course.

 


CALENDAR
May 30 - June 2
European: Belgian Knockout

Rinkven International GC, Antwerp, Belgium

Web.com: Rex Hospital Open

CC at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C.

LPGA: U.S. Women’s Open

CC of Charleston (S.C.)

PGA Tour: Memorial Tournament

Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio

May 31 - June 2
Champions: Principal Charity Classic

Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa

Symetra: Valley Forge Invitational

Raven’s Claw GC, Pottstown, Pa.

June 3
Men’s pro/amateur: U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

10 sites in the U.S., Canada and England: Walton Heath GC, Surrey, England; RattleSnake Point GC, Milton, Ontario; Big Canyon CC and Newport Beach (Calif.) CC; Streamsong (Fla.) Resort; Hawks Ridge GC, Ball Ground, Ga.; Woodmont CC, Rockville, Md.; Century CC and Old Oaks CC, Purchase, N.Y.; Brookside CC and Scioto CC, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield (Ohio) CC; Wine Valley GC, Walla Walla, Wash.

Industry: Women’s Golf Day

Numerous sites around the U.S. and the world


      
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