Number of consecutive years that the men and women will have competed in the ISPS Handa Vic Open on the same golf course, 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads, Australia, when play begins Thursday. The two events will feature alternating men’s and women’s tee times on the Beach and Creek courses, with the final round to be held Sunday on the Beach Course. The prize money will be equal: AUD$1.5 million (about $1.085 million) for each event. The men’s Vic Open is co-sanctioned by the European and Australasian tours; the women’s Vic Open is co-sanctioned by the LPGA and the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (men’s tee times; women’s tee times).
Percentage of respondents who answered “suspension and fine” to the Morning Read social-media question that asked, “What would be an appropriate penalty from the European Tour for Sergio Garcia, who purposely damaged at least two greens at the Saudi International and was disqualified?” The other answers: 30 percent said “suspension”; 22 percent said neither a suspension nor a fine; and 7 percent called for a fine.