Will the R&A Thump Turnberry Due to Trump?

Ten years ago, billionaire real estate mogul and now U.S. president-elect Donald Trump started a project of building a world-class golf resort, which would have two 18-hole golf courses, in Balmedie in northeast Scotland near the city of Aberdeen. Trump International Golf Links is located amidst 4,000 year-old, pristine sand dunes that some Scots regard as a national treasure. It overlooks the North Sea with its deep sea oil reserves that have made some citizens of Aberdeen wealthy. But Trump's … [Read more...]

U.S.G.A. to Stay with Trump

The United States Golf Association has decided to continue with its plan to stage the world's premiere women's golf tournament--the U.S. Women's Open--at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on July 13-16, 2017. On October 14, I posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the U.S.G.A.?" Eight days later I posted, "U.S.G.A. Under Pressure to Move U.S. Women's Open." Before that, on June 2, I posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the PGA Tour?"The latest development in this Trump-pro golf saga … [Read more...]

U.S.G.A. Under Pressure to Move U.S. Women’s Open

On October 14 I posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the U.S.G.A.?" I previously posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the PGA Tour?" Now the pressure is increasing on the U.S.G.A. to move its U.S. Women's Open out of Bedminster, New Jersey, where it is scheduled for July 13-16 at Trump National Golf Club.Today, on MSNBC's "Dateline Extra" news program, the U.S.G.A. was criticized for not already having moved this flagship women's golf tournament out of another Trump property because of The Donald's … [Read more...]

The PGA Tour’s Brenden Steele Redeems Himself at Napa

Yesterday, Brenden Steele won the PGA Tour's first tournament that launched its new season at the Safeway Open. Steele came from four strokes behind starting the last round. He birdied the last three holes to shoot 65 and win by one stroke over Patton Kizzire. It was Steele's second win since he won the Texas Open in his rookie year and then went winless for 141 starts.In doing so, Steele overcame the negative memory of his collapse in this tournament last year. He had led it starting the … [Read more...]

Is Donald Trump Hurting the U.S.G.A.?

Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, is scheduled to host the U.S. Women's Open golf championship next summer, on July 13-16. This premier event in women's golf is produced by the United States Golf Association (U.S.G.A.). And this exclusive, private golf facility is owned and operated by The Trump Organization. Since one week ago--when The Washington Post released a 2005 audio-video that was shown on television that day in which Donald Trump made provocative comments about his … [Read more...]

U.S. Wins the 2016 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is a bi-annual, three-day, team competition involving only match-play between the best professional golfers of the U.S. and the best of Europe. This competition reaches back to the 1930s, when it was between the U.S. and Great Britain. The U.S. had almost a lock on winning it for several decades. Then Jack Nicklaus suggested the opposing side be strengthened by including all of the rest of Europe. Since then, in 1978, the U.S. has been drastically on the losing side. Until today, … [Read more...]

Golf Loses Its King–Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer died today at age 87 in a Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He had been there since Thursday for heart tests. I had wondered how his health was doing. In the past couple of years, when we saw him live on television, he was looking feeble.So, today, golf lost its greatest ambassador of the game, ever. No question about it--he was the king. He didn't win the most tournaments, with 62 PGA Tour wins and seven of them majors, but he won the hearts of the people, the … [Read more...]

Rory McIlroy Wins It All

Just minutes ago, the 27-year old Irishman Rory McIlroy won the PGA Tour's Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia. He won on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore. By virtue of this win, McIlroy simultaneously won the FedEx Cup. It fattened his bank account. Rory won $3 million in the Tour Championship and $10 million in the FedEx Cup. That's the biggest payday in pro golf history.All three players finished the regulation 72-hole tournament … [Read more...]