MONDAY  | SEPTEMBER 2, 2019
by John Hawkins

In a year when the world’s two best golfers also are among the quickest players in the game, slow play has become an unassailable epidemic. No topic has generated more reader response to this publication during the past eight months. If Tiger Woods hadn’t won the Masters, you could make a case that pace is on the short list of 2019’s most significant storylines.

Nobody sees progress. Everybody has solutions. And if it were only that simple, the problem would have been vanquished long ago. “What can be done? Nothing,” former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman told me back in March. “Speed of play is directly related to the size of the fields. The Tour semi-embraces the pace because, if it didn’t, it would have to cut those fields substantially, and nobody is going to [endorse] that. The Tour is trying to provide opportunities, not limit them.”

 


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A 2-for-1 solution to a faster round
Golf is the only sport in which you get only one time to hit the ball (hopefully where you want it to go) and you can't "practice" on the course(s) you play.

Think about the other sports. In tennis, you practice and play on the court you're playing (plus, the courts are the same dimensions, no matter where you play), and you get two chances to get your serve in the box. In baseball, it’s similar: you practice and play on the field (which has the same infield dimensions but varies in the outfields), and you get at least three chances to hit the ball.

 


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Number of strokes by which England’s Tom Lewis led the Korn Ferry Tour Championship entering today’s final round in Newburgh, Ind. Lewis, 28, shot a second consecutive 6-under 66 on Sunday for a 16-under 200 total through 54 holes at Victoria National Golf Club.

 


Withdrew: Anirban Lahiri, from the Korn Ferry Tour Championship before Friday’s first round, so that he could return to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and help his family evacuate its home ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which was moving toward Florida’s east coast.

 


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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

Troon will support Patriot Golf Days by donating 100 percent of net proceeds from all apparel and accessories purchased on TroonShop.com to Folds of Honor. Troon-managed facilities in the U.S. have raised more than $160,000 in the past three years for the Folds of Honor Foundation, the company reported.

 


CALENDAR
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.

September 5-8
European: Porsche European Open

Green Eagle GC, Hamburg, Germany

September 6-8
Symetra: Garden City Charity Classic

Buffalo Dunes GC, Garden City, Kan.

September 7-8
Men’s amateur: Walker Cup

Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, England


      
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