FRIDAY  | NOVEMBER 17, 2017
by Mike Purkey

Rory McIlroy clearly was nervous. He agreed to an on-camera interview conducted by a 9-year-old lad named Billy. And McIlroy had no idea what Billy might ask.

About midway through the interview, Billy said, “I know you and Andy Murray are mates. But who is your favorite girllll tennis player?”

McIlroy dropped his head and shifted in his director’s chair for what seemed like minutes. And it appeared as if he’d blushed. Finally, he said, “I’ve stopped following women’s tennis,” owing to his breakup with Caroline Wozniacki.

 



Historical perspective on women in golf

Most people have no idea how long women have been playing golf (“Girl power drives changing face of golf,” Nov. 15, http://bit.ly/2zGBFtb). 

You could go back to Mary Queen of Scots in the 16th century or modern times of the first known women's championship, in 1810 at Musselburgh. When North Berwick Golf Club was founded in 1832, it included women. The women of St. Andrews also were playing at that time. In America, you could look at the fact that in 1895 the U.S. Golf Association conducted the first Women's Amateur Championship and, of course, before that the British Ladies had their championship.

 



2

Number of players tied for the first-round lead in the CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA’s season finale. Sarah Jane Smith and Peiyun Chien shot bogey-free 6-under 66s on Thursday at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla. Smith, 33, of Australia, and Chien, 27, of Taiwan, are looking for their first LPGA victories. Karine Icher, Lydia Ko, Azahara Munoz, Sung Hyun Park and Suzann Pettersen were tied at 67 (scores: http://bit.ly/1zkYSEX).

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Hunt Valley Country Club in Phoenix, Md., was honored with the 2017 Design Excellence Recognition award by the American Society of Golf Course Architects for the club’s recently completed course renovation. Architect Jason Straka of Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design led the project for Hunt Valley, an Arcis Golf property.

 

CALENDAR
November 16-19
European Tour: DP World Tour Championship
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
PGA Tour: RSM Classic
Sea Island Resort (Seaside), St. Simons Island, Ga.
LPGA: CME Group Tour Championship
Tiburon GC, Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Fla.

      
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