Alex Miceli wonders why the PGA Tour, in the wake of Bryson DeChambeau’s public shaming over slow play, has been so slow in enforcing its own rules. The Tour needs to do something, and fast. Tiger Woods, who withdrew with an injury last week after one round at the Northern Trust, “seems to be done,” Miceli said. “He just can’t do what he could do before.” Go ahead and salute Woods for an extraordinary career, because it’s “effectively over,” according to Miceli.


by Barry Cronin

Many sports fans would assume that no athlete has won more championships in Chicago than basketball legend Michael Jordan.

Yes, basketball’s GOAT – greatest of all time – led the Chicago Bulls to championships in 1991, ’92 and ’93, took a couple of years off to play baseball, then returned to help the Bulls win three more Larry O’Brien trophies, in ’96, ’97 and ’98.

But there is one athlete who has won more titles in Chicago than M.J.: Tiger Woods.


Golf leaders’ failure leaves stain on game
The game of golf surely is meant to test our skills, whether it be through the green or on the green (“Tour pros break ranks to call out slowpoke,” Aug. 12).

To be carrying an epistle in one’s rear pocket relating to the undulations and variances of the putting surfaces is akin to cheating. We the player are supposed to have that skill set. Ultimately, the reading of a green, not the reading of a book, should decide who wins.


Announced: By the Korn Ferry Tour, the 2020 debut of the Lake Charles Championship, to be played March 26-29 at The Country Club at Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, La.



Number of competitors in the three biggest events of the past 20 years at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club – 1999 PGA, 2006 PGA and 2012 Ryder Cup – who are entered in the BMW Championship, which begins Thursday at Medinah’s No. 3 Course (tee times). Tiger Woods, who won the 1999 and 2006 PGAs, will join fellow Americans Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson at the Chicago-area course.




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.


Kyle Berkshire of Orlando, Fla., belted a 409-yard drive on the final ball of the competition late Monday to win the Open Division of the World Long Drive tour’s Tennessee Big Shots in Kingsport, Tenn. Alexis Belton of Ruston, La., won the Women’s Division.


The Tennessee Big Shots event on the World Long Drive tour proved to be an all-Tour Edge Exotics final. Phillis Meti, who had won three of the tour’s previous four women’s titles, lent a drive to her opponent, whose equipment was lost in transit. As it turned out, that borrowed EXS driver was used to edge Meti for the title.


Volvik USA congratulated Kyle Berkshire for his second consecutive World Long Drive victory. Berkshire and Tim Burke, the other finalist at the Tennessee Big Shots event in Kingsport, Tenn., represent the Volvik ball company.


During the U.S. Amateur this week at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, the Sandhills region offers other activities in addition to the national championship. Pinehurst and neighboring Southern Pines and Aberdeen package world-class golf and regional fare.


Golftec has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. It is the ninth time that Golftec, which provides lessons and club fittings, has made the Inc. 5000 list.


The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has awarded 20 college scholarships as part of its Legacy Awards program. An applicant must be the child or grandchild of a GCSAA member to be eligible for one of the $1,500 grants.


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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