FRIDAY  | AUGUST 23, 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.

What is a bigger threat to the game’s long-term health: slow play or unharnessed equipment technology?



Executive courses hold key to pace of play
I’ve always wondered why the USGA doesn’t do more to promote executive and par-3 courses. They are the perfect venue for seniors, kids, families and new golfers. People aren’t there to shoot low scores but instead to learn and have fun.

My experience on Gem Lake Hills in White Bear Lake, Minn., the best 18-hole executive course I’ve ever played, is nothing short of perfect every time. And the best part? It’s not slow because nobody stands over putts and screws around with rangefinders. Hit and go.



Number of strokes that American Xander Schauffele shaved from par in the low round of the day Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta as he grabbed a share of the FedEx Cup lead in the PGA Tour’s season-ending Tour Championship. Schauffele, who started the round at 4 under in the graduated scoring based on the FedEx Cup standings, shot a bogey-free 64 to move to 10 under and into a tie with Justin Thomas (70) and Brooks Koepka (67).




Hawk & Rude: Justice of the pace
Jon Brendle, a longtime PGA Tour rules official, meets with co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude to discuss the slow-play challenge and ponder potential solutions.

The Grill Room Golf Show
With the PGA Tour’s second playoff event in the books, attention turns toward this week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. recap the BMW Championship, U.S. Amateur and the Dick's Sporting Good Open before previewing the Tour finale. In the feature interview, Morning Read contributor Adam Schupak offers his take on the U.S. Amateur.


Casa de Campo Resort & Villas will play host to four events in the coming months, the resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic announced. The 38th annual Casa de Campo Open (Sept. 11-15), the inaugural Couples Golf & Spa Retreat (Oct. 16-20), the 14th annual Twosome Championship (Dec. 1-7) and the Casa de Campo Women’s Getaway with Suzy Whaley (Dec. 6-9) are scheduled through the end of the year.


Tour operator Carr Golf announced the winners of its two recent annual family tournaments. Ireland’s Dermont and Dery Desmond won the 30th annual World Invitational Father & Son Tournament on Aug. 7-11, and Canadians Rocky and Paige Dowton won the World Invitational Father & Daughter Tournament on July 23-26. Both events were played at Waterville (Ireland) Golf Links.


The new Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos has opened recently in the 1,500-acre Diamante resort community in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 639-room hotel features eight themed dining outlets and five pools along the Pacific Ocean.


NewEngland.Golf has announced the addition of a golf-course directory feature on its website., effective Sept. 3. NewEngland.Golf exists as a digital marketing platform that highlights the best of golf in New England.


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

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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