FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017
by Fred Funk

My experience with the media in my 30-year career generally has been fantastic, so when I saw the hatchet job by USA Today’s Christine Brennanon Thursday (https://usat.ly/2r02nb6), I was more than dismayed. I was perplexed and angry.

I was portrayed by Brennan as sexist and clearly not in tune with her agenda.

I caught a glance of Brennan sitting in the audience in my pre-tournament interview on Wednesday for the Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club-Washington D.C. Although I had never met her, I had read many of her articles and I suspected that she would attempt to portray me in a negative light.

 


by Mike Purkey

There’s no longer a need to hit the mute button. Televised golf hardly makes a sound any more.

Golf always has been a better game to play than to watch, and never has that been so true as it is now. Simply put, golf on TV is a big snooze these days. Whether that’s by design or something that’s just devolved, the networks – cable or otherwise – have dialed down their telecasts to become just plain vanilla.

 



by Adam Schupak

Bernhard Langer may be the most underappreciated story in golf. His dominance of the PGA Tour Champions seems to know no bounds. 

Last year, Langer, 59, won the Arnold Palmer Trophy as the tour's leading money-winner for the eighth time in nine years since turning 50. The one time he failed to do so? He was sidelined for a stretch due to thumb surgery. No one else has won more than three.

 


Trump’s courses don’t deserve big events

It is an absolute disgrace for the PGA to be holding any tournaments of any sort at any of President Donald Trump’s courses (“PGA and Trump: A relationship that evolved,” May 25, http://bit.ly/2rliwsK). And the same goes for the USGA, which is holding the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump’s New Jersey course in just a couple of months. The same goes for the LPGA. Shameless.

How much did Trump criticize former President Barack Obama for golfing? A lot. Like, all the time.

Trump is on record during the campaign as saying that he would not spend his time golfing like Obama. Why? Because he would be too busy with all of the much more important things and being president, etc. He said that way more than just once. He made a really big deal of it.

 


Keeping score

1

Number of professional victories for Johan Carlsson, who shot 6-under 66 for the first-round lead Thursday in the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, at Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England. Carlsson, 30, of Sweden, won the 2013 Kazakhstan Open on the developmental Challenge Tour en route to earning his European Tour card.

2

Combined number of professional victories, all on the Web.com Tour, for Derek Fathauer, J.T. Poston and Kelly Kraft, who share the lead after the first round of the Dean and DeLuca Invitational. They shot 5-under 65 on Thursday at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Fathauer and Kraft own one victory apiece on the developmental tour.

11

Combined strokes under par on the back nine for co-leaders Stacy Lewis and Wei-Ling Hsu in Thursday’s first round of the LPGA Volvik Championship. Each shot 7-under 65 at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich. Hsu, of Taiwan, starting on No. 10, was 6 under through six, with two eagles, in going out in 30. Lewis, starting on No. 1, played her final eight holes in 5 under for a back-nine 31.

26

Number of times that Bernhard Langer, the first-round leader at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship after a 7-under 65 on Thursday at Trump National Golf Club-Washington D.C., has led after 18 holes on the PGA Tour Champions. He converted 11 of those leads into victories.

30

Number of men’s teams that begin play today in the NCAA Division I championship at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Southern California, No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, will feature two of the nation’s top 10-ranked players in No. 9 Sean Crocker and No. 10 Rico Hoey. No. 23 Arizona State will try to duplicate the achievement of the school’s women’s team, which won the NCAA title Wednesday on the same Rich Harvest Farms course. The format: 72 holes of stroke play today throughMonday to decide the individual champion and determine the eight teams qualifying for match play, which will be held Tuesday and Wednesday.


In the news

Scheduled: To appear at Sunday’s final round of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club-Washington D.C. in Potomac Falls, Va., President Donald Trump. The president, who wraps up an eight-day trip overseas this weekend, is expected to preside over the trophy ceremony at the PGA Tour Champions event, sources close to the tournament told Morning Read.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Grants from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America are supporting seven research projects at six U.S. universities. The projects will receive a total of $115,680 from a block grant to the GCSAA by the Environmental Institute for Golf, the GCSAA’s philanthropic organization.

 


CALENDAR
May 25-28
Champions Tour: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship
Trump National GC, Potomac Falls, Va.
LPGA: LPGA Volvik Championship
Travis Pointe CC, Ann Arbor, Mich.
PGA Tour: Dean & DeLuca Invitational
Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
European Tour: BMW PGA Championship
Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, England
May 25-31
College men: NCAA Division I championship
Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Ill.
May 26-29
Junior: AJGA Thunderbird International Junior
Grayhawk GC (Raptor), Scottsdale, Ariz.
May 27-31
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort Nos. 2 and 8 courses
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
June 1-4
Web.com Tour: Rex Hospital Open
TPC Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C.
PGA Tour: The Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
European Tour: Nordea Masters
Barseback G&CC, Malmo, Sweden
June 2-4
Symetra Tour: Fuccillo Kia Classic of NY
Capital Hills at Albany (N.Y.)
LPGA: ShopRite LPGA Classic
Stockton Seaview Hotel & GC, Galloway, N.J.
June 5
U.S. Open sectional qualifying
(10 sites)
June 6
Industry: Women’s Golf Day
various golf facilities worldwide
June 7-10
Men’s amateur: Monroe Invitational
Monroe GC, Pittsford, N.Y.
June 8-11
European Tour: Lyoness Open
Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria
LPGA: Manulife LPGA Classic
Whistle Bear GC, Cambridge, Ontario
Men’s amateur: Palmer Cup
Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga.
PGA Tour: FedEx St. Jude Classic
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.
Web.com Tour: Rust-Oleum Championship
Ivanhoe (Ill.) Club
June 9-11
Symetra Tour: Four Winds Invitational
Blackthorn GC, South Bend, Ind.
Champions Tour: Principal Charity Classic
Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa

      
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