TUESDAY  | FEBRUARY 19, 2019
by Ron Kroichick

The PGA Tour completed its West Coast Swing on Sunday, with J.B. Holmes … eventually … winning … at … Riviera. So, what did we learn from the Tour’s meandering, seven-week trip through Hawaii, California and Arizona?

Quite a bit, actually:

Tiger is still must-see TV. Tiger Woods captivated viewers with his birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie start to Saturday’s rain-delayed third round of the Genesis Open at Riviera. Then he made birdie on three of his first seven holes in Sunday’s final round. There’s nothing as riveting as a rampaging Tiger.

 


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Holmes’ plodding pace penalizes others
I wonder how many strokes it cost Justin Thomas and Adam Scott having to play with J.B. Holmes on Sunday.

The cameras didn't do justice to the time it took Holmes, the eventual winner of the Genesis Open, to hit each shot. Conditions were tough enough without having to deal with slow play.

 


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Position in the Rolex Rankings for American Nelly Korda, an improvement of seven spots after she won the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open. Perhaps more important to Korda, 20, with her career-high spot in the world order is that she leapfrogged older sister Jessica, who remained No. 12.

 


Relaxed: The dress code on the PGA Tour, to allow shorts during practice and pro-am rounds, the Tour announced Monday. The policy takes effect this week on the PGA Tour and will apply to the other circuits under the Tour umbrella: Champions, Web.com, Latinoamerica, Canada and China.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude:
Stricker’s appointment, Kuchar’s disappointment

Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude Hawk ponder the anticipated selection of Steve Stricker as 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, and they review the new movie “Caddieslack,” starring Matthew Kuchar.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Club Champion has opened two new club-fitting stores in California, the company announced. The sites: 1232 Galleria Blvd. in Roseville and 28631 Canwood St. in Agoura Hills. Club Champion fits, sells and builds custom golf clubs from components made by the equipment industry’s major manufacturers.

 

Golf Life Navigators will make a presentation at the 2019 Club Expo next week in Nashville, Tenn. The event, run by the Club Managers Association of America, will be held Feb. 26-27 at the Music City Center. Golf Life Navigators provides a virtual marketplace to help consumers find their ideal private club.

 

Global Value Commerce, which sells new and used golf gear online, will consolidate GolfShoesOnly.com into the GlobalGolf.com channel. The move will occur on Feb. 25. GolfShoesOnly.com will redirect customers to the new site.

 

The winner of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open wore footwear that featured replaceable cleats, according to PrideSports. The company manufactures the Champ and Softspikes brands.

 

Magnolia Green, an active-lifestyle community in Moseley, Va., reported 133 new-home sales and generated $14.7 million in revenue in 2018. The community features the 18-hole Magnolia Green Golf Club.

 

The U.S. Adaptive Golf Alliance will join the Ernie Els Foundation to conduct two clinics for golfers with autism on Feb. 26 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The sessions will be held in conjunction with the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic at PGA National.

 


CALENDAR
February 21-23
Men’s amateur: Gasparilla Invitational

Palma Ceia G&CC, Tampa, Fla.

February 21-24
LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand

Siam CC (Old Course), Chonburi, Thailand

PGA Tour: Puerto Rico Open

Coco Beach G&CC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

PGA/European: WGC Mexico Championship

Chapultepec GC, Mexico City


      
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