Look To Youth For Pace Of Play Cure

AJGA Sets Standard For Speedier Golf
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Pace of play is clearly still a big deal in the game of golf as 2020 gets rolling. First there’s this week’s PGA Tour announcement that they’ll put individual players on the clock rather than entire groups (are you listening, J.B. Holmes and Jordan Spieth?), jack up fines for repeated offenses against a 120-second per-shot Read more…

A Chip Off The Tiger Woods Block

Guess What? Son Charlie Has Some Serious Game
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Big surprise: Tiger Woods’ 10-year-old son, Charlie, plays golf. And even now, his swing is on track to be every bit as good as the old man’s. Need proof? Look no further than this video from the Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner, which has half of Golfing America salivating with envy. Who wouldn’t give a sizable Read more…

Sony Open Is Made For Collin Morikawa

And A Lesson From His Coach Can Help You Win, Too
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If there’s a better event than the Hawaii Sony Open for young PGA phenom Collin Morikawa to notch his second win in just seven months, I can’t think of it. Like me, you probably caught wind of the Southern California native’s talent and drive just before last summer’s Barracuda Championship, where I watched him coolly Read more…

Sentry Tournament of Champions Deserves Respect

The Plantation Course Is The True Star
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OK, OK, so Tiger Woods isn’t teeing it up at the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Maui this week. Neither are Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy. And that’s just fine. We’ve still got 34 PGA Tour champions from the 2019 season, and 13 of the top 30 players in the most recent FedEx Read more…

PGA Tour Golf Shorts Are Long Overdue

The Heat Is On, And We’re With Sergio On This One
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Hey PGA Tour, get a grip on facts: The time for allowing golf shorts in competition has come. The LPGA has allowed women to don cooler garb between the ropes for years, and the gals have warmed (or, in a way cooled) to the idea in big numbers. In fact, I can’t think of one Read more…

It’s Time For A Standard Tour Ball

Pro’s Pitiful Penalty Is Proof Positive
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After spending most of yet another NFL Sunday lamenting the glut of holding penalties that make today’s game all but unwatchable, I came across this story from last weekend’s Mayakoba Golf Classic, when yet another stupid golf penalty reared its ugly head. To recap: Tour vet Russell Henley pulled the wrong golf ball brand out Read more…

PGA Tour On-Course Wagering? Bring It!

When PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan recently announced that the Tour would allow on-course wagering during the 2020 season, I had two thoughts. One: It’s about time. Two: The U.K. and Ireland are saying, “What’s the big deal?” Across the pond, allowing licensed, regulated sports betting companies like Ladbroke’s or Paddy’s to set up shop Read more…

Tiger Clears Final Hurdle For Best-Ever Status

Japan Win Sets Stage For Stellar 2020
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At the inaugural Zozo Championship in Chiba, Japan—more than 5,000 miles from Las Vegas in my home state of Nevada, where he notched his first win as a pro in 1996—Tiger Woods just bagged official PGA Tour win No. 82 a couple months shy of his 44th birthday, tying Sam Snead for the all-time record. Read more…

Safeway Open Spices Up PGA Tour’s Fall Swing

Big Stars, Free Concerts, Napa Food & Wine: It’s A Winner
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As far as I’m concerned, every regular PGA Tour event should be run like the Safeway Open Presented by Chevron, at least in terms of putting fan fun first. The event, which returns for its fourth edition Sept. 26-29, has it all. It has the perfect getaway-for-a-day venue — Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Read more…

Four Slow Play Rules For The Rest Of Us

If Tour Pros Can Be Fined, So Should We
One-length irons player Bryson DeChambeau

Looking at the golf landscape as summer slides into fall 2019, I can see that this whole slow play thing is still, well, a thing. In fact, it’s enough of a thing that the European Tour is taking direct and decisive action to stem the molasses-like flow of many players in the throes of competition. Read more…