MONDAY  | SEPTEMBER 9, 2019
by Alex Miceli

Golf has thrived during the past 50 years, not just because of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy.

The game has flourished and matured because of television.

 


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by Alex Miceli

For all the talk among the Americans about a focus on foursomes, the outcome of the 47th Walker Cup came down to Sunday’s singles.

The U.S. amateurs rallied from a 7-5 overnight deficit to win 10½ of a possible 14 points Sunday and post a stunning 15½-10½ victory against Great Britain and Ireland at Royal Liverpool Golf Club (scoring). The five-point margin was the most decisive victory for a visiting U.S. team since a 16½-7½ triumph in 1987 at Sunningdale in England.

 


by Dan O’Neill

My gosh, it seems like … oh … hours since the PGA Tour last put a ball in the air. But just when you’re having trouble remembering what professional golf looks like – or who won the FedEx Cup – it’s back. Eleven long days removed from its $15 million curtain drop, the PGA Tour will return in its Washington Generals version.

The 2019-20 fall schedule starts on Thursday and includes 11 events before Thanksgiving, enough golf-related programming to keep the TV execs happy. Think about it. Theoretically, a player will be able to secure a spot for the 2020 FedEx Cup playoffs before ever teeing it up in 2020. Is this a great game or what?

 


Thumbs up for more amateurs in Masters
Alex Miceli’s suggestion that U.S. Walker Cup members receive invitations to the Masters Tournament in even-numbered years is spot on and should be given consideration by the Masters committee (“Walker Cuppers deserve spots in Masters,” Sept. 6). To do so would be in keeping with honoring Bob Jones, the best amateur golfer ever and the founder of the Masters, and with past tradition.

 


5

Number of years since England’s Paul Casey had won on the European Tour. Casey shot 6-under 66 on Sunday for a 14-under 274 total and one-stroke victory in the Porsche European Open at Green Eagle Golf Courses in Hamburg, Germany.

 


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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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

A number of events will be staged across the country Tuesday to celebrate what would have been the late Arnold Palmer’s 90th birthday. The events are being held by the Arnold Palmer group of companies and the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation. Palmer, whose 62 PGA Tour victories include seven major championships and rank fifth all-time, died Sept. 25, 2016, at age 87.

 

Tour Edge’s HL4 Iron-Wood was recognized as “Best Value Utility Iron” in MyGolfSpy’s recent testing. MyGolfSpy tested 14 utility irons and determined that the HL4 model, priced at $89.99, beats its competitors, which average $245 per club, Tour Edge reported from the testing.

 


CALENDAR
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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