THURSDAY  | AUGUST 8, 2019
by Adam Schupak

R.I.P. to the dry-erase board. So long to NBC’s Steve Sands trying to explain an unexplainable mathematical equation during the final round of the Tour Championship. The PGA Tour finally has conceded that its FedEx Cup playoff points system was just too darn confusing.

This should be cause for celebration, except that better doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve got it right. The new scoring system might fizzle like New Coke.

As the FedEx Cup playoffs kick off today at the Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club, not far from where Lady Liberty stands sentinel in the Upper New York Bay, the chase begins for $15 million. That’s a healthy bump of $5 million more for the winner and a total season-long bonus pool spike from $35 million to a cool $60 million. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, this is not. This is still a cash grab.

 


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by Alex Miceli

In a world that is dealing with shootings in El Paso and Dayton, pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong and, well, fill in the blank, it might be easy to gloss over what happened last week on a flight from Memphis to London.

On that British Airways flight, a world-class golfer allegedly committed a sexual assault by groping a sleeping woman. And, to further jeopardize the safety of the flight, he reportedly urinated in the aisle of the first-class cabin.

Such action is beyond disgusting and could be found to be criminal, but it also could have been potentially much worse.

 


Would-be viewer takes a DirecTV hit
I’m looking forward to the PGA Tour playoffs. Unfortunately, DirecTV and Nexstar are having a “he said, she said” disagreement for a couple of pennies, and the result is that we do not get CBS. Therefore, no playoffs this week.

Sure, Golf Channel replays it at midnight, but I don't want to watch golf at midnight on a Sunday.

 


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Number of players who have won back-to-back FedEx Cup titles since the PGA Tour’s playoffs began in 2007. Justin Rose, the 2018 FedEx Cup champion, will open his title defense in the Northern Trust, which begins today at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. (tee times).

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Sunday’s final round of the Women’s British Open proved to be the most-watched final round at the event in 13 years, Golf Channel reported. It also was the most-watched LPGA telecast since the final round of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open.

 

The golf industry will gather next week in Las Vegas for the 2019 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience. The event will be held Aug. 13-14 at the Venetian Resort.

 


CALENDAR
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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