by Mike Purkey

Not since Tiger Woods was at his peak has there been this clear of a delineation – both in world-ranking points and nearly everyone’s perception – between the best player in the world and everyone else.

Brooks Koepka holds a commanding lead of nearly 3½ points in the Official World Golf Ranking and a margin of 562 points in the FedEx Cup standings heading into this week’s first playoff event, the Northern Trust at Liberty National in New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York (tee times).

And no one appears to have the slightest bit of interest in catching and overtaking him.



Tour’s playoff formula should include match play
I couldn't agree more with readers Ken Byers and Tom Abts in their skepticism regarding the FedEx Cup (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 6).

Sure, it's a good idea to have a few "playoff" events to decide the best of the best in a season – the NFL shows that – and the excitement last season in our Premier League (soccer) for the last few weeks was great as the two best teams swapped the lead until the last game.

But now the PGA Tour has changed an incomprehensible formula for deciding an overall winner to a handicap event?


Scheduled: A court date for Danish golfer Thorbjorn Olesen, who was charged by British authorities with sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault on a flight July 29 from Nashville, Tenn., to London (“In the news,” Aug. 2). Olesen is due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Aug. 21.



Finish, in order in the PGA Tour’s regular-season FedEx Cup standings, of Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar, who will be paired together for the first two rounds of the Northern Trust. Play begins Thursday at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., in the first of the Tour’s three postseason events.




Hawk & Rude welcome Lee Trevino
When a six-time major champion comes on the show, it’s best that co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude do more listening than talking.

The Grill Room Golf Show
J.T. Poston, who racked up his first PGA Tour victory at the Wyndham Championship, was the 14th first-time winner this season. Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss the final event on the regular-season schedule and preview the playoffs. Morning Read’s Alex Miceli looks at the talented youth movement and the first-time winners.


PGA Value Guide, which tracks trade-in prices for used golf gear, offers the Leaderboard Trade-In Program to provide incentives for PGA professionals who trade in used and un-hit clubs at Since January, use of the program by PGA facilities has jumped 10 percent, Global Value Commerce reported.


Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., will play host to the Korn Ferry Tour’s Visit Knoxville Open, according to McConnell Golf, which owns the club. The five-year agreement begins in 2020.


Sailfish Point’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Course was ranked No. 75 in Golfweek magazine’s “Top 200 Residential Golf Courses” in the U.S. Sailfish Point is a 532-acre oceanfront community in Hutchinson Island, Fla.


Golf Life Navigators introduced its Private Clubs 101 podcast to help connect consumers with private clubs. Hosted by Jason Becker, GLN’s chief executive officer, the podcast discusses consumer-related topics about private clubs and communities.


The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is accepting applications for its inaugural Melrose Equipment Management Experience. The program supports professional-development needs of GCSAA equipment managers.


In the “Rory & Carson Podcast,” Rory McIlroy recalls the one shot on which he would most like to have a mulligan. The show, hosted by Carson Daly, is available to Golfpass members.


Golf Channel will provide 35½ hours of live coverage from three major professional tours on Thursday through Sunday. The network will air the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust, the Korn Ferry Tour’s WinCo Foods Portland Open and the LPGA’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open.


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

Old Waverly GC, West Point, Miss.

August 8-11
PGA Tour: Northern Trust

Liberty National GC, Jersey City, N.J.

Korn Ferry: WinCo Foods Portland Open

Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Ore.

LPGA: Ladies Scottish Open

Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland

August 9-11
Symetra: PHC Classic

Brown Deer Run GC, Milwaukee

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