TUESDAY  | AUGUST 20, 2019

Some of golf's biggest names – Woods, Mickelson, Spieth and Day among them – won't be in this week's Tour Championship, showing that "this game doesn't wait for anybody," Alex Miceli says. Golf at its highest level has become a driver-dominated game. After the recent dismantling of Medinah, perhaps the solution lies in a smaller driver head. Andy Ogletree opens a big door with his U.S. Amateur victory, including a spot on the Walker Cup team.


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by Alex Miceli

It’s not often that golf moves as quickly as the European Tour has done in announcing a plan to combat slow play, but some might argue that the effort is long overdue.

After all, golfers at all levels have been complaining for years about slow play, but the topic has hit a crescendo only recently. The biting comments by touring pros on both sides of the Atlantic and the fervent defenses by others have made the issue a front-burner topic for weeks.

On Monday, the European Tour announced a four-point plan starting in late November with the 2019-20 season that officials think will be a “game changer,” chief executive Keith Pelley said.

 


by Gary Van Sickle

Everybody knows Golf Channel’s likable Steve Sands. He’s easy to listen to whether he’s interviewing players, calling action or serving as broadcast host. Sands was the unquestioned "King of the Whiteboard" in prehistoric days when the FedEx Cup point totals during the Tour Championship changed faster than a chameleon sprinting under a rainbow, and it was his thankless task to keep viewers updated.

Those segments showing newly revised points projections made Sands into an unmistakable celebrity.

 


A potential wake-up call for Tour slowpokes
Pace of play comes down to how a golfer is introduced to the game (“Hawk & Rude,” Aug. 16). It has to do with etiquette and sportsmanship.

Being conscious of your pace of play and its overall effect on the play of others is the most critical element in a well-played, not necessarily well-scored, round of golf.

 


Restarted: The men’s and women’s golf programs at Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, with a seven-figure pledge by Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, The Washington Post reported. “I was blessed at a young age that we could afford to play,” said Curry, whose father, Del, also played in the NBA. “I just think about how many kids, especially from underserved communities, have the talent to play but just don’t have the funds or the resources.”

 


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Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for American Justin Thomas, who improved five spots in the world order with his victory in the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship. Thomas, 26, who rose to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup season points standings, will enter this week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta with a two-stroke lead under the Tour’s revamped FedEx Cup playoff formula for its season finale.

 


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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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Medi8, a golf public-relations and marketing company, has appointed Gareth Shaw as its digital-business development executive. Shaw, a PGA professional who has worked with England Golf, will support Medi8’s digital-marketing and social-media clients.

 

The Hyatt brand will join the golf offerings in Puerto Rico, officials with Discover Puerto Rico announced. The Hyatt Regency Coco Beach Resort, a 486-room property that is wrapping up an extensive renovation for the fall, will be among the 17 golf courses on the island.

 

Greeley (Colo.) Country Club will invest $7.85 million in renovations that are expected to be completed by next summer, officials said. The project will feature work on the fitness center, indoor and outdoor dining facilities and a kids zone, plus updates to the tee boxes and bunkers on the golf course.

 

The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs will wrap up this week with NBC Sports’ coverage of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The network’s programming will include 25 hours of live coverage of the Tour Championship on Thursday through Sunday on PGA Tour Live, Golf Channel and NBC.

 

Sixteen of the top 20 finishers at the recent BMW Championship, including the winner, wore cleated footwear, according to PrideSports, which manufactures the Champ and Softspikes brands. The BMW champion wore FootJoy Icon shoes with Champ Pro-Stinger FT cleats. PrideSports also reported cleated winners at the European Tour’s D+D Real Czech Masters and the Korn Ferry Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

 

Charles Keusters, the director of operations at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in La Romana, Dominican Republic, has been named winner of the Visionary Leader in Club Management Award from Golf Kitchen. Golf Kitchen’s Culinary Excellence Awards honor the best culinary practices at golf clubs and resorts worldwide.

 


CALENDAR
August 22-25
European: Scandinavian Invitation

Hills Golf & Sports Club, Gothenburg, Sweden

Korn Ferry: Albertsons Boise Open

Hillcrest CC, Boise, Idaho

LPGA: CP Women’s Open

Magna GC, Aurora, Ontario

PGA Tour: Tour Championship

East Lake GC, Atlanta

August 23-25
Champions: Boeing Classic

Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

August 24-29
Men’s amateur: U.S. Senior Amateur

Old Chatham GC, Durham, N.C.

Women’s amateur: U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Cedar Rapids (Iowa) CC


      
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