MONDAY  | JUNE 24, 2019
by John Hawkins

The PGA Tour is very good at a lot of things: generating financial opportunities for its membership, preserving huge chunks of weekend airtime with the major networks, squeezing every last dollar out of those relationships, and lest we forget, overseeing an operation in which the players do a ton of charity work and rarely get into trouble off the course.

That Gary Woodland/Amy Bockerstette video may not convince many kids to play golf, but it certainly adds another coat of varnish to the tour’s image. When it comes to setting a good example in the overprivileged, morally challenged world of professional sports, the folks in Camp Ponte Vedra rank at the top of the class, which is what makes the idea of a Korn Ferry Tour kind of funny (“In the news,” June 20).

 


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Only certainty in golf: Change, so get used to it
In response to Gary Van Sickle's article about the bombers and traditional U.S. Open venues such as Pebble Beach and Oakmont (“Open bombers give Pebble short shrift,” June 20), I have a question: Why does it matter that some of these historic venues are now unsuitable for major championships due to distance gains on the professional tours? Venues have been dropped in the past and will be in the future.

I am not being intentionally obtuse here. I understand that there is value in traditional courses and the history of past events held there. But things always have changed.

 


Unchanged: The dates for the 2020 ANA Inspiration, which will be played opposite the Augusta National Women’s Amateur in early April for a second year, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said. The LPGA had come under scrutiny this year when the inaugural ANWA lured some of the top female amateurs who otherwise would have accepted exemptions to the LPGA’s first major championship of the season.

 


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Number of career victories on the LPGA for Australia’s Hannah Green, who posted a wire-to-wire triumph Sunday at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Chaska, Minn. Green, 22, sank a 5-foot putt for a sand-save par at the 18th hole Sunday at Hazeltine National Golf Club to shoot 72 for a 9-under 279 total and one-stroke victory.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Crossing the line?
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude discuss player-caddie relationships while reflecting on Jordan Spieth’s behavior at the U.S. Open. They also spend a few minutes on the future of Rickie Fowler.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Inntopia, which markets technology to centralize travel arrangements for golf resorts, is promoting PayPal as a way to boost customers' online bookings. Inntopia cites recent research in which PayPal customers are more likely to complete a sale than customers using other payment plans.

 

Rick Woeckener won his second U.S. Hickory Open title over the weekend at Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix, Mich. Woeckener, of Garrettsville, Ohio, shot 75-78–153 for 36 holes in an event that requires antique pre-1935 hickory-shafted clubs or authentic replica hickory clubs.

 


CALENDAR
June 25-29
Men’s amateur: North & South Amateur

Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort

June 27-30
PGA Tour: Rocket Mortgage Classic

Detroit (Mich.) GC

Korn Ferry: Utah Championship

Oakridge CC, Farmington, Utah

LPGA: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Ark.

Champions: U.S. Senior Open

Warren GC, Notre Dame, Ind.

European: Andalucia Masters

Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain

June 28-30
Symetra: Prasco Charity Championship

TPC River’s Bend, Maineville, Ohio


      
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