FRIDAY  | AUGUST 16, 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.

Is there a fair, practical way to penalize offenders and speed up play on the PGA Tour?

 


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Thanks, Tiger, for all that you’ve given us
I am sure that I speak for many golf fans when I say that the game owes an enormous “thank you” to Tiger Woods for years of entertainment and that the golf world is better with him than without him (“Woods one-ups M.J. as Chicago’s GOAT,” Aug. 14).

Whether or not his years of winning are gone (Alex Miceli, are you listening?), he continues to provide a great deal of entertainment. Perhaps it’s time to cut back a little on the “will he be well enough to play?” analysts and let his appearances tell the story.

 


Apologized: Collin Richards, a homeless man, in a handwritten note to a judge in Ames, Iowa, for killing former Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, the Des Moines (Iowa) Register reported. Richards, 22, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 23 to life in prison without parole for his conviction in Barquin’s stabbing death.

 


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Number of players who tied the course record at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club’s No. 3 Course during the first round of the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship on Thursday. Americans Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak matched 7-under 65s in the second playoff event.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: The 900-pound gorilla
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude offer a comprehensive analysis of yet another reprisal of the slow-play issue, this time featuring young star Bryson DeChambeau.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. assess this week's BMW Championship and the PGA Tour playoffs. Morning Read’s Alex Miceli joins Bubka to talk about slow play.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

St. Johns Golf & Country Club in St. Augustine, Fla., has hired Eric Fritsche as its executive chef. Fritsche had been with River & Post restaurant in nearby Jacksonville.

 

Dave Daubert has joined the writing staff at NewEngland.Golf, the digital marketing platform announced. Daubert will contribute to the website with coverage of travel, lifestyle, commentary and special assignments, with a focus on Florida.

 

Xander Schauffele will join host David Feherty on his show “Feherty,” which will air at 9 p.m. EDT Monday on Golf Channel, the network announced. Schauffele, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, was the 2017 rookie of the year.

 

Club Champion promoted its 21st-century technology as the difference in its club-fitting service. The company employs TrackMan launch monitors, computers and ultrasound putting systems at its facilities.

 

The PGA Fashion & Demo Experience concluded Wednesday as thousands of PGA professionals, industry leaders and lifestyle-specialty retailers met in Las Vegas. The two-day conference included merchandise sourcing, buying product testing, education and networking.

 

White Bluff Resort in Whitney, Texas, is preparing to reopen its two golf courses in the coming weeks after renovations to the greens and bunkers. The Old and New courses, designed by the late Bruce Lietzke, hug Lake Whitney in the 3,450-acre resort community.

 


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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