TUESDAY  | MARCH 20, 2018
by Steve Elling

For many public schools, the annual bacchanal known as spring break began last week in Florida.

Over the years, the event has generated a million images of hold-my-beer stunts, obnoxiousness and alcohol-fueled behavior. Perhaps it was inevitable that the sudsy, sun-splashed mindset would migrate to another March calendar staple here, the PGA Tour’s Florida Swing.


PGA Tour should enforce pace of play

With all the clatter about slow play, one would think that the PGA Tour rules boys would address the issue with Bryson DeChambeau.

In one instance during Saturday’s third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, DeChambeau took nearly four minutes, not the supposedly allotted 40 seconds, and then he didn’t even hit a good shot. That was painful to watch.



Position of Rory McIlroy in the Official World Golf Ranking, up from No. 13, after his victory Sunday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. McIlroy was ranked No. 1 for a cumulative 95 weeks in 2012-15. Tiger Woods, who tied for fifth at Bay Hill – his third consecutive finish of 12th or better – improved to No. 105. That’s up from 656th at the end of 2017 for Woods, who holds the record for most weeks at No. 1, a cumulative 683 from 1997 to 2014 (ranking).


Announced: By the PGA Tour, a cooperation agreement with the PGA Tour of Australasia to strengthen professional tournament golf in the Australasian region and elsewhere in the world. The 2018 World Cup will be played Nov. 22-25 at Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.



We Are Golf, a coalition of the game’s leading associations and partnerships, will play host to the second annual Community Service Project on Tuesday, April 24, from 8 a.m. until noon. The project, which precedes National Golf Day on April 25, will consist of activities dedicated to beautification and preservation of the National Mall in Washington.


Puma Golf introduced its Ignite PwrAdapt Hi-Tops model of shoes, the company announced. The line of shoes will be available in gray violet and black and sell for $220.


Ben Hogan Golf Equipment introduced the Equalizer line of wedges, the company announced. The wedges will be available in left- and right-handed models and in lofts in two-degree increments, from 48 to 62 degrees, with steel or graphite shafts. They will sell for $100 each and be available at www.BenHoganGolf.com.


TecTecTec, which manufactures golf rangefinders, announced a sale of 10 percent to 15 percent off through the end of March. The sale includes TecTecTec’s customary free shipping via www.us.tectectec.com.


Nippon Shaft announced the sale beginning today of the N.S. Pro Zelos 6 steel shaft, which weighs 68.5 grams. The shaft is available via Golfworks.com for $34.50 each or from retail fitting shops for an installed price of $59 each.


Nippon Shaft recorded three top-10 results at the PGA Tour’s recent Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla. Among the products used were the N.S. Pro Modus Tour 130 X-flex steel shafts and the N.S. Pro Modus Tour 120 TX-flex shafts.


Troon has been selected to manage Westhaven Golf Club in Franklin, Tenn., the management company announced. Troon Privé, the private-club operating division of Troon, will oversee Westhaven’s course and club operations.


March 21-25
WGC Dell Technologies Match Play

Austin (Texas) CC

March 22-25
PGA Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship

Corales GC, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Men’s amateur: Azalea Invitational

CC of Charleston (S.C.)

LPGA: Kia Classic

Carlsbad, Calif.

Web.com Tour: Chitimacha Louisiana Open

Le Triomphe GC, Broussard, La.

March 23-25
Champions: Rapiscan Systems Classic

Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.

March 29 - April 1
LPGA: ANA Inspiration

Rancho Mirage, Calif.

PGA Tour: Houston Open

GC of Houston, Humble, Texas

Web.com Tour: Savannah Golf Championship

The Landings Club (Deer Creek), Savannah, Ga.

April 5-8
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament

Augusta (Ga.) National GC

April 6-8
Symetra Tour: IOA Championship

Beaumont, Calif.

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