Love Still Waiting - With Us
Ive talked about the possibilities before. Everyones written about the uncertainty and the speculation. The tour players are mumbling about it, too.
Among the well-connected in PGA Tour circles is Davis Love III. The major champion has been a PGA Tour policy board member along with David Toms, Scott McCarron, Joe Durant.
While Love is currently focused on staying healthy and working his way back toward victory, his schedule is also tied up with efforts to keep the PGA Tour headed in the right direction.
Its non-stop right now, Love said. The Board members that are on now, and carry on for the next year, well next year especially, and then into 07, they got their work cut out for them certainly. And I think thats a good thing.
Word has it that Commissioner Tim Finchem will have some things to say next week at the Tour Championship.
So will the PGA Tour officially move the Players Championship from March to May? Will the PGA Tour schedule effectively have a stopping point at Labor Day? Will there be a handful of events to follow so that the tour season doesnt just end all together?
Love himself realizes all the ducks arent yet in a row and he, too, is speculating to some degree.
I mean, even Tim is guessing some. So we are all guessing on whats going to happen.
Love does assure us that the number of events on the PGA Tour schedule wont change in 07.
There will be just as many rounds of golf in 07 as there are in 06.
It appears more certain than ever now that the Tour Championship will move up to the Labor Day time frame.
In other words, finish before football is firmly the focus.
Thats always been a great idea for 10 or 15 years, Love said. What we are looking at, if you go back and look at The Presidents Cup, and San Francisco (AmEx), they both got huge ratings just into the start of the football season. So if we can carry it that far, thats about as far as we think we can carry the audience into football.
Love loves his NASCAR, and while he took a while to warm up to the chase for the cup race thats employed currently, hes a big fan now. To that end, the race to the Tour Championship is a good plan.
And while there was apparently a plan being discussed to start the 08 schedule right after the 07 Tour Championship, that idea might have lost steam.
The goal now is to find a way to keep interest in a series of events beyond Labor Day to settle the top 125, 150 and other important numbers when some big name players might just pack it in. I said, 'some.'
You know Vijay is not going to pack it in. Im not going to pack it in. Guys are going to play.
Love was then asked if Phil would pack it in.
Probably. And maybe David Toms packs it in, Love said. I hope they do. If they stop at the Ryder Cup and they dont play until January, they cant beat us, I dont think in January and February. So I hope they do pack it in.
Love scoffed at the idea that the goal was to make the PGA Tour season shorter. He says the idea was to make the season more exciting. And ultimately nobody will agree on everything. But Love, unlike many, has a clear mind about doing whats right for the tour, whats right for golf and its loyal fans. Divisive attitudes have no place in working toward progress.
There is always 20 or 30 guys that complain. And there are always 20 or 30 guys that are really happy. And the rest of them are just trying to get better at golf.
'Look what baseball did. They added another round of playoffs. Look at football, they have more games. Hockey ' they restructured the whole game. If youre going to ask people to keep paying more and more money for it, you got to give them more value. And thats what were trying to do.
From a long-suffering Chicago White Sox fan, homegrown in Chicago and suddenly pinching myself, I know all about patience. Waiting for the right chemistry takes time. The PGA Tour will get it right - especially with guys like Davis Love in the mix of decision making.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18