Revived: The Spanish Open, by the European Tour, after a one-year absence. The tournament will be played April 12-15 at the National Golf Center in Madrid, home of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, the tour announced. The return of the 1.5 million euro ($1.87 million) event fulfills a pledge that European Tour commissioner Keith Pelley made last year during a visit to Spain’s capital that the tournament, which dates to 1912, would return to the schedule after sponsorship issues scrapped last year’s event. The addition of the Spanish Open keeps the number of 2017-18 European Tour events at 47 after the Philippines Golf Championship, which had been scheduled for March 15-18, recently was scrapped (updated schedule).
Filed: By Augusta National Golf Club with the city’s Planning and Development Department, preliminary site plans for a 23.1-acre plot adjacent to Old Berckmans Road that would lengthen the 455-yard, par-4 fifth hole by 20-30 yards, The Augusta Chronicle reported. The new tee would ease congestion near the fourth green and current fifth tee, which are only a few yards apart. According to the filing, any work would begin about May 1, after this year’s Masters, and be completed by Nov. 1. The change would be the first significant alteration of the Bobby Jones-Alister MacKenzie 1932 masterpiece since six holes were lengthened in 2006, stretching the course yardage to 7,445.