WEDNESDAY  | JUNE 26, 2019
by Mike Purkey

The major season has come and almost gone in a flash, which was the danger in compressing the big tournaments into a new – and improved? – schedule. The final men’s major championship of 2019 is just around the corner, which means that after the British Open is played in less than three weeks, it will be nine months until the next major. (Eight months until the Players.)

Nine months. That’s a long time to get ready for the 2020 Masters and longer still for players who haven’t won anything big lately to find something that might salvage a season. No, winning the FedEx Cup – while plenty lucrative – won’t serve to replace a missed opportunity at a major. However, $15 million still spends, doesn’t it?

 


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by John Hawkins

Welcome to this month’s installment of Pet Peeves, which triggered such underwhelming reader response in its debut that it made absolutely no sense to do it again. So, we did. You can just sit there and be happy, like any standard-issue weirdo, or you can get out of that chair and offer your own mouthful of malice.

Misery doesn’t just love company. It thrives on it.

 


Whistled for traveling
Steph Curry recently unveiled his Under Armour golf collection in China. Didn't Curry say in 2017 that he wouldn't go to the White House with his NBA-champion Golden State Warriors because he was critical about President Donald Trump's policies and rhetoric?

What policies are you talking about, Curry? Are you critical of his hard stance against China because it affects your bank account? Or are you critical of him because you don't think he's done enough for low-wage workers in the United States? If so, why didn't Under Armour and you manufacture and unveil your line in the U.S.?

 


Dismissed: Tiger Woods, from a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of an employee of his eponymous restaurant in Jupiter, Fla. Attorneys for the parents of Nicholas Immesberger dropped Woods as a defendant, Golf Digest reported. Immesberger, a bartender at The Woods Jupiter, died Dec. 10 in a single-car crash.

 


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Number of consecutive years that local favorite Sergio Garcia of Spain has won the European Tour’s Anadalucia Masters, which will begin Thursday at Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande, Spain.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

The Grill Room Golf Show
Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss the Travelers Championship and Chez Reavie, who overcame career struggles for his first victory in 11 years. The hosts also recap victories by Hannah Green and Jerry Kelly, and preview this week’s U.S. Senior Open and the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Morning Read’s Alex Miceli joins Bubka to talk about Michelle Wie’s situation.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Carr Golf, a tour operator that specializes in golf trips to the British Isles, has added four sponsors for its 30th Anniversary World Invitational Father & Son Golf Tournament. The Aug. 8-11 event at Waterville (Ireland) Golf Links will include participation by Ogio, Linksoul, Oscar Jacobson and Redbreast Whiskey.

 

Tagmarshal has been named a presenting sponsor of the Writer Cup, which will be played July 25 at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, N.J. The annual event pits media members from Philadelphia and southern New Jersey against their counterparts from metropolitan New York in a better-ball format. Tagmarshal provides geo-location data for pace-of-play management to golf courses.

 

The Pinehurst-Southern Pines-Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has revealed its new logo. The artwork highlights the influence of golf and the Longleaf pine on the Sandhills region of North Carolina.

 

Troon has been selected to manage Sterling Grove, a semi-private club that is under construction in Surprise, Ariz. The course, a Nicklaus Design project, is scheduled to open in the winter of 2020.

 

Tour Edge announced the introduction of its new line of Hot Launch 4 drivers, which will be available beginning Aug. 1. The HL4 driver comes in two versions: straight and offset. Both models will retail for $199.99.

 

Tour Edge announced the introduction of its new line of Hot Launch 4 fairway woods, which will be available beginning Aug. 1. The HL4 fairway woods will come in two versions: straight and offset. Both models will retail for $139.99.

 

The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota, Fla., raised more than $120,000 for 1,300 families via the Meadows Cup Pro-Am Golf Tournament, which benefitted Easter Seals Southwest Florida. More than 200 golfers and 50-plus sponsors pledged their support at the 23rd annual event.

 

Stitch Golf launched its summer golf apparel, the company announced. The collection features four styles of polo shirts: Modern Camo, End on End, Circuit and Paisley.

 


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

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

LPGA: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Ark.


      
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