THURSDAY  | SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

The American flag hung limply, like a ghost in the early-morning fog Wednesday in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Oh, say can you see? Just barely. The dawn’s early light took a backseat to the dawn’s pearly mist.

It was no ordinary Wednesday on the PGA Tour. This was A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, which sounds less like a golf tournament and more like a war-themed Broadway musical.

 


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Solheim slam annoys but doesn’t surprise reader
I shouldn’t be surprised that the one time when Morning Read writes something about women’s golf that it is filled with derogatory statements about particular players, teams and the Solheim Cup format (“Also-rans mar Solheim Cup as irrelevant,” Sept. 10).

Did it ever occur to writer Mike Purkey that attitudes such as his are one of the reasons why many women do not feel comfortable taking up the game?

 


Named: Rory McIlroy, as the PGA Tour’s player of the year, in balloting among the Tour’s membership. McIlroy, 30, of Northern Ireland, won three times, including the FedEx Cup season title at the Tour Championship.

 


21

Number of the PGA Tour’s 21-man rookie class for the 2019-20 season who will be playing at the A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, which begins today at Old White TPC at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Truth dipped in gunpowder
Ex-PGA Tour pro Ken Green, a five-time winner in 1985-89, meets with co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude and does nothing to diminish his status as one of the greatest quotes in golf history.


The Grill Room Golf Show: A day to remember
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. remember 9/11. Rory McIlroy talks about winning the PGA Tour's player of the year. A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier kicks off the Tour's new season, and a bunch of rookies intend to make their marks. Morning Read's Alex Miceli recaps the Walker Cup and previews this week's Solheim Cup, all with one eye on the 2020 Ryder Cup.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Michelle Wie will join Golf Channel as a guest analyst for the Solheim Cup, which will be held Friday-Sunday. Wie will be in the network’s studio with Golf Channel’s Paige Mackenzie for analysis after each day of the matches between the American and European female professionals. Wie, a five-time Solheim Cup performer who is recovering from injuries and wrist surgery, also will contribute to Golf Channel’s digital and social-media platforms.

 

The U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance will hold its annual championship on Oct. 8-10 at Desert Pines Golf Club in Las Vegas. Golfers with various physical and sensory challenges, known as para-golfers, from around the world will compete for points toward the USAGA’s newly installed world ranking.

 


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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