TUESDAY  | AUGUST 13, 2019
by Mike Purkey

In many ways, Scott Harvey is a typical 41-year-old. He’s a married father of two, which comes with all the attendant daily parental duties. And he’s a dedicated golfer who doesn’t play as much as perhaps he’d like, which is not all that unusual among most his age.

Where Harvey turns right when most middle-aged guys turn left is that he is one of the best amateurs in the country. He has brought his part-time golf game to Pinehurst for this week’s U.S. Amateur, one of a 312-player field that began stroke-play qualifying on Monday (scores).

 


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Variations in pace, but a common need: Catch up
It's kind of funny how taking 2½ minutes to hit a shot is a problem but taking twice as long by calling an official for a ruling on what is the most basic relief is not an issue (“Tour pros break ranks to call out slowpoke,” Aug. 12).

There are any number of reasons why PGA Tour players take five hours to play. Singling out Bryson DeChambeau and J.B. Holmes for specific shot situations is picking the low-hanging fruit.

Pace of play should be how long it takes to play the round and keeping touch with the group in front of you. There will almost always be situations within a round that will create a delay.

 


Vowed: Bryson DeChambeau, to improve his pace of play on the PGA Tour in the wake of criticism from players and fans alike during last week’s Northern Trust in Jersey City, N.J. DeChambeau wrote on Instagram: “Golf is my passion and livelihood. It’s my responsibility to help improve the game to be more enjoyable for all. Pace of play has been an issue for golf at all levels for a long time, and I’m committed to being a part of the solution, not the problem.”

 


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Number of top-10 finishes, in six starts, since Australia’s Jason Day hired caddie Steve Williams out of retirement. Day and Williams have split up in “a mutual decision,” Day said in a report by the Australian Associated Press.

 


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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

Tagmarshal issued its support of Brooks Koepka for his recent efforts to improve the pace of play on the PGA Tour. Tagmarshal produces pace-of-play management devices that are designed to boost golf courses’ operational efficiency.

 

The winner of the PGA Tour’s recent Northern Trust wore cleated footwear, according to PrideSports, which manufactures the Softspikes and Champ brands of replaceable cleats. The winner wore Nike Vapor React 2 shoes with Softspikes Silver Tornado cleats.

 

Twenty-five of Troon’s brand-affiliated courses have been named to Golfweek magazine’s “Top 200 Resort Courses in the U.S.” list, the management company announced. Among the Troon properties, Kapalua Plantation in Maui, Hawaii, ranked highest, at No. 16.

 

The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs continue this week with the BMW Championship being televised on Golf Channel and NBC. The networks will complete the playoff broadcast schedule with the Tour Championship next week.

 

Sea Pines Country Club debuted its 2019 Fall Into Fitness preview trial memberships, the club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., announced. The memberships, available through October, herald the club’s newly renovated fitness center.

 

FlightScope will exhibit its launch monitors this week at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience in Las Vegas. Among the FlightScope devices to be displayed today and Wednesday, the X3 launch monitor is used by PGA Tour players Bryson DeChambeau, Bubba Watson and Matthew Wolff to prepare for tournament play.

 

Volvik USA has introduced the Marvel Avenger Single Ball Bulk Program for the company’s golf balls. The program gives customers the ability to buy the matte-finish Vivid three-piece ball with a logo of The Hulk, Spider Man, Ironman or Captain America.

 


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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