FRIDAY  | AUGUST 9, 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.

If you could make one change to the FedEx Cup playoffs, what would it be?



Boorish act doesn’t compare with world mayhem
For Alex Miceli to equate what a professional sports figure allegedly did on a flight to the incidents in El Paso, Dayton, Hong Kong, etc., is ludicrous and hyperbole (“Olesen incident adds to world’s turbulence,” Aug. 8).

Let’s have an article on every soccer, football, basketball and baseball player written up for every incident.

Was Thorbjorn Olesen’s act disgusting and probably illegal? Yes. Just write about that, but to add these other items, which have zero relevance to a drunk acting crudely, should be below you.


Died: Ernest W. “Ernie” Denham, the golf coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., in a fire at his home in Louisville, The Courier-Journal newspaper reported.



Number of strokes under par that American Troy Merritt stood after his 62 opened a one-stroke lead Thursday in the Northern Trust in Jersey City, N.J. Merritt, 33, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, played bogey-free golf to match the course record at Liberty National Golf Club in the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs.




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
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. preview the PGA Tour playoffs, and Morning Read’s Alex Miceli joins the show to discuss the talented youth movement and first-time winners on Tour.


On the latest Golf Advisor Podcast, senior writer Bradley Klein details his recent two-week visit to Tokyo. Klein stopped at Kasumigaseki Country Club, the host course for golf in the 2020 Olympics.


World Long Drive will stage its final tour event of the season Monday in Kingsport, Tenn. “Tennessee Big Shots,” to be held at Cattails at MeadowView Golf Course, will air at 6 p.m. EDT on Golf Channel.


Registration is open for the inaugural World Pickleball Open, to be held Dec. 12-15 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The event will be held at PGA Village Verano Pickleball Center, which is set to open in October and will feature 26 pickleball courts and a championship court.


NewEngland.Golf was ranked No. 1 in Google search for 492,000 golf entries with similar content, the website reported. NewEngland.Golf highlights golf in the six-state New England region.


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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