TUESDAY  | AUGUST 27, 2019

Rory McIlroy validates his decision to focus on the PGA Tour and minimize his appearances in Europe, as his victory in the FedEx Cup and the $15 million bonus affirm. Should Tiger Woods play the Presidents Cup? Well, who among the eight qualifiers and his assistant captains is going to tell him no?


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by Dan O’Neill

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? We all heard the riddle as kids. But in the world of golf, the riddle is posed as a slightly different question these days. It worries less about how much the critter might chuck, and more about how long it would take.

Pace of play is the hot button right now in golf, as it has been in baseball, football and weight loss. The topic blew up at the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust earlier this month when Bryson DeChambeau needed roughly the gestation period of an African elephant (almost two years) to hit an 8-foot putt.

Social media being what it is, a video of DeChambeau’s process went viral, and the response went vitriol.

 


There’s no ‘If’ about it for Koepka and McIlroy
Last month, I suggested that Rory McIlroy would win frequently as the monkeys were off his back (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 24), but then he was blown away by Brooks Koepka.

Good job that he and I held our nerve. Those guys at McIlroy Mansion are building a new trophy shelf (“Keeping score,” Aug. 26).

I liked Koepka for his attitude and his golf, and now for his quoted comments about McIlroy.

 


Completed: With the addition of Morgan Pressel and Stacy Lewis, the U.S. Solheim Cup team for the biennial matches next month against Europe’s top female professionals. Pressel and Lewis were added Monday as at-large selections by team captain Juli Inkster for the Sept. 13-15 event at Gleneagles, Scotland.

 


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Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for Rory McIlroy, who moved up from third after he won the Tour Championship and the season-ending FedEx Cup title on Sunday.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Hilton Head Golf Island, the network for golf on the South Carolina island, announced several group packages for fall getaways. Among the featured destinations, Sea Pines Resort, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Heritage Golf Group introduced specials for the upcoming season.

 

Branson, Mo., has introduced several golf and lodging options for stay-and-play packages at area courses. Among the options, the new Branson Reunion Lodges at Thousand Hills Golf Resort features a Bob Cupp-designed course and seven- and 10-bedroom accommodations. The region also promotes its spa, fishing, shooting and other outdoor activities.

 

Victoria National Golf Club, which is part of the Dormie Network, will host the Korn Ferry Tour Championship this week in Newburgh, Ind. The tournament, the final event on the PGA Tour’s top developmental circuit, will be played Friday through Monday, finishing on Labor Day.

 

The winner of the recent Tour Championship claimed the FedEx Cup’s $15 million top prize while competing in cleated footwear, according to PrideSports, which manufactures the Champ and Softspikes brands. The winner of the Tour finale was one of 17 among the top 20 who competed in cleated footwear.

 

Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst, Va., is offering a “Swing into Summer” membership promotion as the club proceeds in a $3 million course renovation. The monthly membership tiers – $150 single, $175 couple and $225 family – also come with waived initiation fees for the rest of the golf season.

 


CALENDAR
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

August 29 - September 1
Symetra: Sioux Falls Great Life Challenge

Willow Run GC, Sioux Falls, S.D.

European: Omega European Masters

Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland

LPGA: Cambia Portland Classic

Columbia Edgewater CC, Portland, Ore.

August 30 - September 1
Junior boys/girls: Junior Players Championship

TPC Sawgrass (Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Champions: Shaw Charity Classic

Canyon Meadows G&CC, Calgary, Alberta

August 30 - September 2
Korn Ferry: Tour Championship

Victoria National GC, Newburgh, Ind.

August 31 - September 2
Men’s amateur: State Fair

Haggin Oaks GC, Sacramento, Calif.


      
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