FRIDAY  | SEPTEMBER 6, 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.

Given his recent health issues, is it still a foregone conclusion that Tiger Woods will break Sam Snead’s all-time record of 82 PGA Tour victories?


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A MESSAGE FROM USGA

For Jeongeun Lee6, her breakthrough victory at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina felt like ages ago. In the four months since she introduced herself to the American golf world with her first victory on the LPGA Tour, Lee6 hasn’t had much time to reflect, keeping busy with a full playing schedule and racking up five more Top 10s since her June win. So when she came home to Seoul, Korea for the first time since becoming a household name, the emotions poured out.

 


by Alex Miceli

When Jack Nicklaus won his 18th and final major championship at the 1986 Masters, the focus was on the Golden Bear and his sixth green jacket.

The same week proved to be special for 10 amateurs who competed at the Masters, some because of their participation on the 1985 U.S. Walker Cup team.

 


by Alex Miceli

The foursomes format has been presumed to be the bane of any American team’s existence in international cup events, be it this week’s Walker, next week’s Solheim or the higher-profile Ryder.

A discussion about the format highlighted the U.S. news conference Thursday afternoon at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England, site of the 47th Walker Cup, which will begin Saturday morning with foursomes, commonly known as alternate shot.

 


Condensed Tour schedule is too tight of a squeeze
Now, one year in with the PGA Tour’s wraparound schedule combined with the condensed major-championship season, it is making no sense whatsoever. The condensed spring/summer season bunched the main events – four major championships plus the Players and Fedex Cup playoffs – into 3½ months, to clear the schedule before September football.

And which September events would those be, this year or any year? A Ryder Cup every other year? A Ryder Cup that draws great interest already? A Ryder Cup that is played in our mornings every four years when Europe hosts? The Olympics will make it worse next year and into the future.

 


Repaired: Via arthroscopic surgery, the left knee of American Dustin Johnson, according to media reports citing a statement from his management team.

 


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First-round score for England’s Paul Casey, who led the Porsche European Open on Thursday at Green Eagle Golf Courses in Hamburg, Germany.

 


RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Dark week, bright lights
Schauffele or Finau? Rahm or Cantlay? How about Woods? Spieth? Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude take a long look at golf’s biggest stars as the new decade approaches.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. review the PGA Tour's 2018-19 season and look ahead to the new campaign. Morning Read's Alex Miceli previews this weekend's Walker Cup from Royal Liverpool in England.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

South Africa’s Chloe Garner and American Kyle Berkshire won the 44th World Long Drive Championship’s women’s and men’s titles, respectively, late Wednesday in Thackerville, Okla.

 

The World’s Largest Golf Outing raised a record $400,000-plus for military families, organizers announced. The ninth annual event, held Aug. 5 at 93 courses nationwide and overseen by Billy Casper Golf, benefitted the Fisher House Foundation.

 

Golf Life Navigators released its consumer buying-trends report, which shows industry data for golf communities and the private-club sector. More than 21,500 prospective private-club members have completed GLN’s ProGuide3, which focuses on golf and other amenities to help match prospective buyers with 450-plus private clubs and communities across the Sun Belt.

 

The Volvik Vivid XT golf ball took center stage at the World Long Drive Championship in Thackerville, Okla. Kyle Berkshire, a Volvik staff player, won the contest with a drive of 407 yards.

 


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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