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Defending champion skips PGA Tour's Houston Open

Ian Poulter heads to Rome, where he is 2-time winner of Italian Open

Skipped: This week’s Houston Open on the PGA Tour, defending champion Ian Poulter, who instead will play in the European Tour’s Italian Open. Poulter, whose 12 European Tour titles include two Italian Opens, won Italy’s national championship in 2000 and again in 2002, the last time that it was played at Olgiata Golf Club in Rome, site of this week’s event. The Italian Open, part of the eight-event Rolex Series, will offer a $7 million purse compared with the $7.5 million at Houston. Poulter, 43, of England, won last year at Golf Club of Houston one week before the Masters to secure the final spot for Augusta National.

Filed: A gender-discrimination lawsuit in San Luis Obispo, Calif., by a man who alleges that he was denied equal access to a women’s golf event at Paso Robles Golf Club, The Tribune of San Diego reported. Steve Frye, an Orange County resident who reportedly has filed dozens of gender-bias lawsuits against businesses in recent years, said in his Oct. 3 complaint that he and other men were denied equal access to a Ladies Educational/Social Golf Clinic at the club in October 2017. Frye said the men were denied participation in the clinic and had to pay for services that the women received for free, notably alcoholic drinks, range balls, equipment, instruction, cart and green fees. In his complaint, he cited the state’s Unruh Civil Rights Act. A hearing has been scheduled for January. This isn’t Frye’s first stab at suing for perceived gender slights in golf. In 2011, he filed a lawsuit against Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles when he alleged that a 25-percent discount to women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October amounted to discrimination. His claim was denied on appeal.

Announced: Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif., as the host site for the 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur, according to the U.S. Golf Association. The tournament, open to golfers ages 55 and older with a Handicap Index not to exceed 7.4, will be played Aug. 26-31. Martis Camp, a 2008 Tom Fazio design set in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, was the site of the 2013 U.S. junior, which Scottie Scheffler won. Other upcoming U.S. Senior Amateur Championships: 2020, Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; 2021, The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.; 2022, The Kittansett Cub, Marion, Mass.

Scheduled: Live-streaming of every shot from the 144 competitors at the 2020 Players Championship, in an agreement between the PGA Tour and NBC Sports. It would be the first time that fans could follow every shot from every player for all four rounds in a Tour event. The offer will be available for PGA Tour Live subscribers on NBC Sports Gold or Amazon Prime video channels. In recent years, PGA Tour Live has featured groups in the morning and afternoon waves, often of the game’s top names. The new venture will require about 120 cameras.

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