Allowed: By the PGA Tour, endorsement deals for players to make with casinos and gambling entities. The Tour also lifted its ban on TV liquor ads. The Tour will not allow deals with companies whose primary business is sports betting. So, players could endorse a casino but not a sportsbook. Fantasy-sports brands such as FanDuel and DraftKings were mentioned as potential suitors. The policy change comes after the Supreme Court’s ruling last year to strike down a federal law that prohibited gambling in most states. The Tour, which gathers massive amounts of data during each tournament round via its ShotLink technology, since has made moves to position itself to participate in legalized gambling.
Honored: By the Golf Writers Association of America in its annual writing contest, Morning Read correspondent Gary Van Sickle, for two stories that he wrote last year for MorningRead.com. In the “Game Stories” category, Van Sickle won a second-place award for “In a Strange way, Koepka shares Open lore,” June 18. In the “News” category, he won a third-place award for “Woods proves he’s still got it,” Sept. 24. Also, correspondent Adam Schupak received honorable mention in the “Daily Features” category for “Reed relies on OT to master Augusta,” April 11. They will be honored April 10 in Augusta, Ga.
Withdrew: Michelle Wie, on the 15th hole of the HSBC Women’s World Championship on Thursday in Singapore, after re-injuring her right hand. Wie, 29, the defending champion, stood 10 over par through 14 holes at Sentosa Golf Club’s New Tanjong Course when she quit, holding her ailing hand. Wie was making only her second start of the season after recovering from hand surgery in October. She broke the hand and injured her neck in a car accident two years ago. Last week, in her season debut, Wie tied for 23rd in the Honda LPGA Thailand.