WEDNESDAY  | JULY 31, 2019
by John Hawkins

Bernhard Langer is a machine. A German Iron Byron whose sleek design and seemingly limitless capacity for production have made him perhaps the finest senior golfer who ever lived. The longer Langer plays, the more impressive his accomplishments become, and there’s no reason to believe those achievements will cease any time soon.

A two-stroke victory at the Senior British Open on Sunday was Langer’s 11th major title on the over-50 circuit, three more than Jack Nicklaus, four more than Hale Irwin. It’s a record Langer may own for a very long time, given how the massive purses awarded on the PGA Tour make it less likely that today’s superstars will find any reason to make the Champions Tour a full-time occupation.

 


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Pros prove yet again that they play different game
Congratulations to reader Ray Dyal for raising the golf ball-testing problem (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 30).

The contentious golf club-testing issue is arguably less impactful to the pro game than the ball. Why? Because improvements to the performance of the golf ball over the past 20 years eclipse the improvements to clubs. The manufacturers have been able to vastly increase carry distance, rollout distance, trajectory and even side spin to offset less-than-perfect shots. Players, particularly pros, benefit enormously from these advances in technology, and they make the game more enjoyable for the leisure golfer.

 


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Number of players from the top 10 of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup points standings and its $10 million Wyndham Rewards bonus pool who will be playing in this week’s Wyndham Championship. Only No. 8 Paul Casey will tee it up at the regular-season finale this week at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. (tee times), an event that also will decide the 10 bonus winners.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Koepka is king, but Langer reigns
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude reflect on Brooks Koepka’s latest tournament conquest and marvel at 61-year-old machine Bernhard Langer.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course, which is undergoing renovation work, is on pace to reopen in November. The project at the 28-year-old course in Maui, Hawaii, home to the PGA Tour’s annual Tournament of Champions in early January, is being overseen by course designers Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

 

NBC and Golf Channel announced coverage plans for this week’s Women’s British Open and Wyndham Championship. The networks will air 28 hours of live coverage from the LPGA’s final major championship of the season and 11½ hours of the PGA Tour’s regular-season finale. Both tournaments begin Thursday.

 


CALENDAR
July 29 - August 1
Women’s amateur: Women’s Trans National Amateur

GC of Tennessee, Kingston Springs, Tenn.

July 30 - August 2
Junior boys: Junior PGA Championship

Keney Park GC, Hartford, Conn.

July 30 - August 3
Men’s amateur: Western Amateur

Point O’ Woods G&CC, Benton Harbor, Mich.

August 1-4
PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship

Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.

Korn Ferry: Ellie Mae Classic

TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif.

LPGA: AIG Women’s British Open

Woburn (England) GC


      
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