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...]

Langer Ties Trevino’s Record

Yesterday, 59-year old, two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer tied Lee Trevino's second-place record of most wins on the Senior/Champions Tour with 29 wins by winning the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Washington, near Seattle.Langer won with a birdie four on the 18th hole, which was the first extra hole in a three-man, sudden-death playoff with Woody Austin and Kevin Sutherland. Both Langer and Austin have won four times this year on the Champions Tour. And Langer won the day after his … [Read more...]

Si Woo Kim Wins His First PGA Tour Event

Today, twenty-one year old Si Woo Kim won his first PGA Tour tournament--the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. One of the youngest PGA Tour winners ever, he was just little older than when current superstar Jordan Spieth won his first Tour event. Kim had been knocking at the door. Seven weeks earlier, he lost in a playoff to Aaron Baddeley in the┬áBarbasol Championship.Kim shot 60 the second round to take a three-shot lead. On the back nine in his … [Read more...]

Americans No Long Dominate Golf

Even though golf started in the old country--Scotland--the U.S. has been the most golfing nation in the world after the twentieth century got under way. And this was always proved by Americans dominating the sport in competition, especially in professional tournaments. But no more.Case in point: in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio last week, golf was re-introduced for the first time in 108 years. The format was individual competition in a standard tournament format of four rounds, thus 72 … [Read more...]

Unofficial Status of Some PGA Tour Tournaments

I used to have two official wins and one unofficial win on the regular PGA Tour. I once blogged about how the unofficial status of this one win, the 1972 PGA Team Championship, was changed forty years later to official status. That tournament had been official for several years, starting with its inception in 1965. Then the Tournament Policy Board made it unofficial for two years, which included the year 1972 when my close friend Babe Hiskey and I won that tournament. I had never known of such a … [Read more...]