FRIDAY  | AUGUST 2, 2019

Longtime 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 the FedEx Cup playoff series rank in your pecking order of pro golf’s biggest events?

 


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Golfers endeavor to raise competitive bar
I admire the group of accomplished players who are keeping their amateur status to play in the Walker Cup (“Watch but be wary of these wunderkinds,” Aug. 1).

There is much to be gained by staying in college and not only playing the senior year but graduating with friends. Matthew Wolff is an exceptional talent, no doubt. But I think a greater accomplishment (over time) would have been to defend the NCAA title with his teammates.

 


Arrested: Thorbjorn Olesen, on suspicion of sexual assault during a flight from Nashville, Tenn., to London, according to British media. Olesen, 29, of Denmark, was detained Monday by Metropolitan Police at Heathrow Airport after he allegedly groped a sleeping female passenger in the first-class cabin of a British Airways flight. He then reportedly urinated in the aisle and verbally abused the cabin crew.

 


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Number of South Koreans tied for the lead Thursday at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Byeong Hun An and Sungjae Im matched 8-under 62s – both bogey-free, career-low scores – at Sedgefield Country Club.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. salute Tom Watson, who retired from major-championship golf after racking up 14 major titles on the PGA and Champions tours. Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer notched his record 11th senior major title; Brooks Koepka claimed his first World Golf Championships victory; and recent college graduate Collin Morikawa won in only his sixth professional start on the PGA Tour.


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

The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience announced its schedule for two evening events at this month’s annual show in Las Vegas. The Fashion Show will be staged Aug. 13 at TAO Nightclub, and the Demo Experience will be held Aug. 14 at Topgolf Las Vegas.

 

Golftec will make the same brand of equipment used by the winner of the recent WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational available through the company’s club-fitting program. Among the available gear will be Mizuno’s JPX919 Tour irons and TaylorMade’s M5 driver.

 

Paul Casey will be the guest with host David Feherty on Golf Channel’s “Feherty” show to air at 9 p.m. EDT Monday. Casey, of England, has won 13 times on the European Tour and three times on the PGA Tour. Among the topics will be the Ryder Cup and the future of professional golf.

 

Two neighboring clubs on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula will play host to the Two-Person Team Challenge tournament on Oct. 6-10. The five-night package includes three rounds of golf – one practice round and two tournament rounds – at TPC Danzante Bay and Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto in Baja California Sur.

 

The World’s Largest Golf Outing, a ninth annual nationwide event benefiting Fisher House Foundation, will be held Monday. To date, 4,452 players have raised more than $250,000.

 

Horseshoe Bay (Texas) Resort’s Apple Rock course reopened during the past week as part of a $90 million renovation at the Hill Country destination. Horseshoe Bay’s three courses, all designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., underwent updates as part of the resort’s makeover.

 


CALENDAR
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

August 5-11
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur

Old Waverly GC, West Point, Miss.


      
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