MONDAY  | AUGUST 12, 2019
by John Hawkins

The new piñata has arrived, and its name is Bryson DeChambeau. He’s movie-star handsome, wins more tournaments than J.B. Holmes, and besides, slow play needs a fresh face to serve as its poster boy every now and then. You can’t keep blaming one guy for such a widespread problem. That’s a witch hunt, not a solution. And though DeChambeau obviously isn’t happy about depictions of him as a tortoise, his resistance merely upholds the notion that the world’s best golfers aren’t quite as skilled when landing on the wrong end of the blame game.

That’s what all this has become, really. And the way it has to be.

If the PGA Tour ever finds the tact and temerity to resolve its pace-of-play issues, the indictment of DeChambeau last week at Liberty National might prove to be the point at which traction led to action.

 


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FedEx Cup playoffs fail to deliver
I won’t watch the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs (“Tour does a number on new playoff math, Aug. 8; “Hawk & Rude,” Aug. 9).

Besides the fact that watching golf on TV is becoming unbearable due to the excessive commercial breaks, interviews, swing-analysis segments and the fact that we seldom see any shots besides putting, the format is a joke.

 


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Margin of victory, in strokes, for American Patrick Reed, who won the Northern Trust on Sunday in Jersey City, N.J. Reed, 29, ended a 14-month winless streak dating to the 2018 Masters with his seventh victory on the PGA Tour. He closed with a 3-under 69 for a 16-under 268 total at Liberty National Golf Club in the first of three FedEx Cup playoff events.

 


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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
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. talk about 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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Bernhard Langer, a two-time Masters champion and the second-winningest player in history on the Champions Tour, will join host David Feherty tonight on “Feherty." The show will air at 9 EDT on Golf Channel.

 


CALENDAR
August 12-18
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur

Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort (Nos. 2 and 4 courses)

August 15-18
PGA Tour: BMW Championship

Medinah (Ill.) CC (No. 3)

Korn Ferry: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Ohio State GC (Scarlet), Columbus, Ohio

European: D+D Real Czech Masters

Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic

August 16-18
Symetra: FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship

Battle Creek (Mich.) CC

Champions: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open

En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.


      
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