WEDNESDAY  | AUGUST 28, 2019
by Mike Purkey

Will Tiger Woods use a captain’s pick to choose himself as a player for the U.S. Presidents Cup team? Should he?

The fact that we are even asking these questions demonstrates that the Presidents Cup is in dire need of an enthusiasm transplant, and has been in all 25 years of its existence. It was thought that naming Woods as U.S. captain would gin up excitement in an event that has underreached those outside the group of core golfers who would watch whether they teed it up on an interstate freeway.

The Presidents Cup is not the Ryder Cup; never will be nor should it aspire to be.

 


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Harder golf means more strokes and, yes, time
When I first starting caddieing and playing in the late 1950s, a four-hour round was the benchmark.

The game was hard then, but with triplex mowers and rollers making the greens much faster, high-tech mowers that replaced the old “gang mowers,” making the fairways shorter and faster, and dual water systems making the roughs lush and long, the game has gotten much harder. Harder means more strokes; more strokes mean more time (“Seeing red over use of green books,” Aug. 27).

 


Announced: By Tiger Woods, that he underwent arthroscopic surgery last week to repair “minor cartilage damage” to his left knee, he said on Twitter. The surgery was performed by Dr. Vern Cooley of Park City, Utah, who said, “I expect Tiger to make a full recovery.” Woods said that he is walking and expects to resume practice “in the next few weeks.”

 


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Length, in weeks, of the PGA Tour’s offseason, which began this week and will continue through next week. The Tour will begin its 2019-20 schedule with A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier on Sept. 12-15 at The Greenbrier Resort's Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: For better or worse?
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude examine Rory McIlroy’s Tour Championship triumph and go soup to nuts in their review of the 2019 FedEx Cup playoffs.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Rory McIlroy takes the PGA Tour's big prize; Tiger Woods has his left knee scoped again; Brooks Koepka wins the PGA of America's Player of the Year Award; and Hale Irwin claims the Payne Stewart Award. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. talk about it. Also, Morning Read's Alex Miceli shares his thoughts on the FedEx Cup.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Matt Lohmeyer, a Golftec coach in Fort Worth, Texas, won the Northern Texas PGA Professional Championship over the weekend. Lohmeyer shot 6 under to win the 36-hole event at The Lakes at Castle Hills in Lewisville. Lohmeyer earned a spot in the 2020 PGA Professional Championship, to be played April 26-29 at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas.

 

Princeville Makai Golf Club’s Sunset Golf Cart Tour has been named the “Best New Amenity” by Golf Inc. magazine. Eight new amenities were honored by Golf Inc., which rated the Princeville Makai sunset tour as the best of eight recognized among public and private golf clubs for the magazine’s September/October issue.

 

Chippo Golf will sponsor the fifth annual City Tour Championship, to be played Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort. The City Tour runs team-based golf tournaments for amateurs ages 21 and older in major U.S. cities. Chippo Golf produces a backyard chipping game that mixes cornhole and golf.

 

The new wellness center at Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been recognized by Golf Inc. magazine with a “Best New Amenities” award. Golf Inc. salutes the best new amenities at public and private golf clubs in its September/October issue. Troon’s facility ranked second in the private-club category.

 

Chef Dan Hess of Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains, N.Y., recently finished second in the Student Chef of the Year competition, the club announced. The annual event, part of the American Culinary Federation’s national convention, attracts some 3,000 professional chefs nationwide and was held in Orlando, Fla.

 

Corteva Agriscience has achieved Silver Partner status with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Corteva also has donated $30,000 to the GCSAA’s philanthropic arm, the Environmental Institute for Golf, for its First Green education program.

 


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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