WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 18, 2017
by Alex Miceli

Thirty-seven months ago, Phil Mickelson orchestrated his own private munity after the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland.

The U.S. had just been badly defeated, 16½-11½, in a third consecutive loss to the Europeans. The future looked bleak for the Americans.

Mickelson openly questioned captain Tom Watson’s strategy and leadership. It’s clear three years later that many in the team room that night felt the same way.

 



Improvise, overcome and adapt 

I totally disagree with the moans and groans about Shinnecock (“Caution ahead: USGA’s return to Shinnecock,” Oct. 16, http://bit.ly/2yrDDKQ). 

When you employ the wrong paradigm, you get an “unfair result.” The championship is not based on the fiction of par. It is based on the total number of strokes over 72 holes. Those who improvise, overcome and adapt win. Those who refuse and stick to their game lose.

 


17

Number of Koreans entered in the PGA Tour’s inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, which begins Thursday on Jeju Island, South Korea. Among them, reigning Players champion Si Woo Kim, who is ranked No. 41 in the world; eight-time Tour winner K.J. Choi; and Sangmoon Bae, a two-time Tour winner who recently returned to competition from mandatory military service in South Korea (tee times: http://bit.ly/2x4O4Cj).

 



In the news

Cleared: To return to golf, with no restrictions, Tiger Woods. According to a story by Bob Harig posted late Monday on ESPN.com, Woods can resume practice, said his agent, Mark Steinberg, who cited a recent doctor’s evaluation. Woods, 41, a 14-time major champion, underwent back surgery for an interior lumbar interbody fusion in April – his fourth back surgery. “He got a nice report and is allowed to proceed,” Steinberg said. “He can do as much as he needs to do. Tiger is going to take this very, very slowly. This is good, but he plans to do it the right way.” Woods played only three competitive rounds in 2017 – a missed cut at Torrey Pines and a withdrawal after the first round at Dubai – and has not won a PGA Tour event since 2013. The former world No. 1 has fallen to No. 1,164 in the Official World Golf Ranking.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Reynolds Kingdom of Golf offers a 5-Hour Makeover golf package that aims for a complete-game transformation. The package at the TaylorMade-sponsored facility, at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga., provides a tour-quality club fitting and a two-hour one-on-one full-swing and short-game evaluation by a Reynolds Kingdom of Golf instructor. The package is priced at $900-$951 per person, per night, depending on the season, based on double occupancy, and includes lodging and breakfast.

 

Steve Leon has been named general manager of Poston Butte Golf Club in Florence, Ariz., according to Troon, which manages the club. Leon comes to Poston Butte from Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he served as director of golf. He replaces Josh Clay, who is moving to Kissing Tree Golf Club in San Marcos, Texas. The Troon-managed facility is scheduled to open next year.

 

Buffalo.Agency and Joe Steranka have expanded their strategy-consultation offers with the formation of Steranka Sports + Strategy. Steranka is the former chief executive officer of the PGA of America.

 

Members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America can register and select housing for the Golf Industry Show, the GCSAA said. The show is scheduled for Feb. 3-8 in San Antonio.

 

CALENDAR
October 19-22
LPGA: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship
Taipei, Taiwan
PGA Tour: CJ Cup at Nine Bridges
Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea
European Tour: Andalucia Valderrama Masters
Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
October 20-22
Champions Tour: Dominion Energy Charity Classic
CC of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
October 26-29
PGA Tour: WGC HSBC Champions
Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai
LPGA: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PGA Tour: Sanderson Farms Championship
Country Club of Jackson (Miss.)
Amateur: Asia-Pacific Amateur
Royal Wellington GC, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
October 27-29
Champions Tour: PowerShares QQQ Championship
Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

      
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