WEDNESDAY  | SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

Men’s golf, unlike any other sport, offers five big events each year plus a biennial Ryder Cup in which the sport is certain to be a big hit. Rory McIlroy should keep that reality in mind when he criticizes the PGA Tour’s condensed schedule, Alex Miceli says in his weekly "One Take" video.


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by Gary Van Sickle

America loves a winner. Unless it’s the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys or anyone who touched George Steinbrenner. Universal goodwill has limits.

On the PGA Tour, there are winners and there are non-winners. Do I mean losers? No, there’s no such thing on the Payday Gigantic Again (PGA) Tour. Its 125 fully exempt players annually compete for absurd riches, including a $70 million season-ending bonus pool. I’d love to swim a few laps in that pool.

 


Slow play is not new, so don’t blame it for golf’s ills
Slow play cannot be the biggest contributor to the lack of growth of golf (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 3). Everyone agrees that slow play has been around for decades. However, in the 1990s and into 2000, golf was growing. If golf grew while slow play was around, how can they say that the decline is also because of slow play? The logic doesn’t hold.

Golf is not growing for two reasons. It is not appealing to the younger generations because of high cost and other interests. And it is losing older long-time players on fixed incomes because of cost.

 


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Number of times that American Xander Schauffele has competed in Germany. Schauffele, whose father was born in Stuttgart and whose paternal grandfather played professional soccer in Germany, will compete in the European Tour’s Porsche European Open, which begins Thursday at Green Eagle Golf Courses in Hamburg.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: For better or worse?
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude review the recent FedEx Cup playoffs.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. talk about the PGA Tour playoffs, plus Tiger Woods' premature end to the season. Also, Morning Read's Alex Miceli shares his thoughts on the FedEx Cup.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Cleveland Golf announced the release of the Frontline series of putters, effective Sept. 13 in North America. Frontline comes in four styles – three mallets and a blade – and with two hosel designs.

 

Big Max reported that its lead in the push-cart and golf-bag markets has grown in Europe. Citing recent Golf Datatech data for the first half of 2019 in the German-speaking market, which Big Max said is a marker for the wider market in continental Europe, Big Max owns 42.7 percent of the push-cart market and 24.75 percent in the golf-bag category.

 

Josh Brownell has been hired as assistant general manager at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, officials at the Orlando, Fla., resort announced. Brownell spent the past 14 years in hospitality management at Orlando-area resorts.

 

The winner of the Tour Championship wore cleated footwear, making 43 winners who wore replaceable-cleat technology for the recently completed PGA Tour season. Among the 43 winners were the four major champions and the winners of the FedEx Cup and the Players Championship, according to PrideSports, which manufactures the Softspikes and Champ brands.

 

Scott McCarron, a Tour Edge Exotics staff player, finished second at the recent Shaw Charity Classic, running the equipment maker’s total to 26 victories or runners-up finishes in the past 44 events on the Champions Tour. McCarron, who has won five times since switching to Tour Edge Exotics clubs, leads the Champions Tour in earnings this season.

 

Greg Neill, the equipment manager at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club in Irving, Texas, has won the 2019 Most Valuable Technician Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and Golf Course Management magazine. The award recognizes excellence among golf course equipment managers.

 


CALENDAR
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

September 12-15
European: KLM Open

The International, Amsterdam, Netherlands

PGA Tour: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

September 13-15
Champions: Ally Challenge

Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Mich.

LPGA: Solheim Cup

Gleneagles Hotel (PGA Centenary Course), Auchterarder, Scotland

September 14-19
Men’s amateur: U.S. Mid-Amateur

Colorado GC, Parker, Colo.

Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Forest Highlands GC, Flagstaff, Ariz.


      
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