TUESDAY  | JUNE 25, 2019

Is $1.296 million, the payday for Travelers Championship winner Chez Reavie, enough compensation for winning a PGA Tour event? Not according to Alex Miceli. There’s no price on decorum, and England’s Matt Wallace, a likely Ryder Cup player, needs to get his act together. Sadly, Michelle Wie’s act on the LPGA might be coming to an end.


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by Vartan Kupelian

It is entirely fitting that a perfect storm has returned the PGA Tour to Detroit for this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club. That’s because an imperfect storm brought an end to southeastern Michigan’s longstanding Buick Open after the 2009 tournament at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc.

In 2009, the local economy was tanking and the Big Three automakers – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – were feeling the pinch as never before. The Buick Open, a staple in these parts for 51 years, was a victim of the fallout.

 


by John Hawkins

It certainly wasn’t a confrontation, because only one guy did the talking. His words weren’t spoken in an angry tone, but they were delivered with a clear sense of admonishment. And though the whole episode lasted no longer than 10 seconds, it launched a flurry of activity on social media and a significant reaction from the golf public overall.

More than anything, it was something that we very rarely see: a player scolding his caddie on national TV. Not just any player, but Jordan Spieth. Not just any tournament, but the U.S. Open. Not just any course, but Pebble Beach. And not just any hole, but the eighth, one of the finest and most beautiful par 4s in the world.

 


A tip of the cap to the Hogan legacy
Apparently, the "folks in Camp Ponte Vedra" are tripping all over themselves when a new sponsor shows up and can't figure out that the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit needs stability with a recognizable name that doesn't change every five years. As John Hawkins wrote, commissioner Jay Monahan should have said, "The Korn Ferry Tour? Are you kidding me?" (“Tour flips umbrella sponsorship inside out,” June 24).

Tom Lehman didn't win on the Korn Ferry Tour; he won on the Ben Hogan Tour. Jim Furyk didn't win on the Korn Ferry Tour; he won on the Nike Tour. Zach Johnson didn't win on the Korn Ferry Tour; he won on the Nationwide Tour. It's the same tour, but if you didn't know, you would have to look up who was the sponsor at the time.

 


Threatened: A potential strike by workers at Detroit Golf Club, site of this week’s PGA Tour event, if a contract agreement is not reached by Thursday’s start of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.

 


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Number of playoff holes, spread over two days, that Sweden’s Henrik Norlander needed to defeat American Bryan Bigley and win the Wichita Open on the PGA Tour’s top developmental circuit. The victory assured Norlander of a return to the PGA Tour, which he played in the 2015-16 season.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Srixon announced the upcoming launch of the fifth generation of its Q-Star golf ball. The ball, in white and yellow, will be available in North America on June 28.

 

Pound Ridge (N.Y.) Golf Club was listed on Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list in New York. Pound Ridge, at No. 6, made the magazine’s New York list for a 10th consecutive year.

 

The winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship wore footwear with replaceable cleats, according to PrideSports, which manufacturers the Champ and Softspikes brands. The winner wore Nike Vapor React shoes with Champ Pivix cleats.

 

Chuck Miller, 81, made two holes-in-one during the same round last week at Hot Springs Village’s Cortez Course in Arkansas. Miller used a 6-iron to ace the 135-yard par-3 12th hole and then used the same club for a hole-in-one at the 138-yard par-3 17th. Miller’s only other hole-in-one came in 1974.

 

Club Champion is bucking the retail trend of fewer brick-and-mortar stores as the company has opened 31 facilities in the past year. Club Champion offers lessons, club-fitting and other golf services.

 

Chippo Golf introduced its Chippo for Charity program to provide the company’s chipping game to charity events so that it can be used to entertain guests or used as a prize giveaway or auction item. Chippo Golf will select one charity per month for the program.

 

Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., announced its lowest rates of the year. The Unlimited Golf Spectacular Package will be available through Sept. 12 and includes golf at the resort’s two courses: El Campeon and Las Colinas.

 

Visitors to Sea Pines Resort can extend their stay on Hilton Head Island, S.C., with a free night. The Inn & Club at Harbour Town is offering a Free Night Special promotion through Aug. 28, with a four-night minimum stay. The free-night promotion also will be available Sept. 2 through Oct. 26 (three-night minimum) and Oct. 29 through Dec. 23 (two-night minimum, with Nov. 28-30 blacked out).

 


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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