FRIDAY  | AUGUST 30, 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.

The 2019-20 PGA Tour season starts in less than two weeks and features 11 official events this fall. Is this overkill, or opportunity for guys who deserve it?



Truman would veto DeChambeau’s buck passing
A few random thoughts for Morning Read from the “Hickory Curmudgeon”:

Why are caddies called “loopers”? I never could understand this.

Why can LPGA players wear shorts in competition, but PGA Tour players cannot? Is this discrimination against the guys, or exploitation of the women?


Ended: Her 2019 LPGA season, Germany’s Sandra Gal, who is suffering from the effects of dormant Lyme disease, reported.


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Winning score for Bob Royak, 57, of Alpharetta, Ga., who holed a 5-foot par putt on the 18th hole to outlast Roger Newsom, 55, of Virginia Beach, Va., on Thursday and win the U.S. Senior Amateur at Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham, N.C.




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.


Two Dormie Network spokesmen will be playing in this week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship, which will be held at a Dormie Network course. Lanto Griffin and Zac Blair will participate in the developmental tour’s season finale at Victoria National Golf Club, a Dormie Network-affiliated club in Newburgh, Ind. Play begins today and concludes on Labor Day.


TV personality Michael Strahan, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will join David Feherty on the season finale of “Feherty.” Air time will be 9 p.m. EDT Monday on Golf Channel.


Nick Clearwater, Golftec’s vice president of instruction, touted the value of shoulder turn in the golf swing in a September feature in Golf Digest magazine. In the story headlined “The one move every pro makes. Anybody can do it – but most of us don’t,” Clearwater says that elite golfers rotate their shoulders significantly more than do most recreational players.


Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho, has hired Scott Hendrick as the head golf professional. Hendrick recently worked as golf operations supervisor at Canyons Golf in Park City, Utah.


Golftec has added Titleist’s T-Series irons as part of the custom club-fitting program. The T-Series – T100, T200 and T300 – features three lines of irons to help golfers find the right fit.


Branson, Mo., has established the Ozarks region as a destination with its quantity and quality of golf options. Among the area courses, Branson Hills Golf Club offers an all-day golf rate; Thousand Hills Golf Resort added large-group lodging; Holiday Hills introduced its VIP Booking Experience program; and LedgeStone Country Club is gearing up for its Outlaw Tournament in the fall.


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.

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