Monday Scramble: Road to Augusta exits Florida

By Ryan LavnerMarch 23, 2015, 3:00 pm

A quick story, if you don’t mind:

An elderly man was walking his dog outside the Bay Hill media center on Sunday night. It was about 8:45 p.m.; nearly three hours had passed since Matt Every won the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The TV trucks had packed up and shipped out. The clubhouse parking lot was empty, save for a few cleanup crews. Dressed in a blue blazer, the man shuffled along the dark sidewalk, with a security guard trailing some 30 feet behind. The man nodded politely as he passed a few fans. He thanked them for coming to the tournament. He even gave them a little thumbs-up. Then he tugged gently on his dog's chain, and off they went into the night.

Good night, Arnie. 

Your new favorite for Augusta is … ha! Like we have any idea. Just draw a name out of a hat.

All of the leading options have flaws, reasons to doubt them. For so many years it was Tiger and Phil or the field, and oftentimes the two stars prevailed. Now it’s an imperfect, wide-open Masters. Isn’t it wonderful?

The favorite could be Rory McIlroy … but his wedge game has gone MIA. Could be Henrik Stenson … but he’s one three-putt away from snapping that putter over his knee. Could be Jason Day … but his play has been sleepy since Torrey. Could be Adam Scott … but he’s putting like it’s 2010. Could be Bubba Watson … but he’ll go a month between starts, and in the past few weeks he’s blown a lead at Doral and is dealing with the death of a close friend.

One of the boldfaced names likely will find a way to slip into the green jacket, but the list of potential winners is longer and deeper than in recent memory. With the first pick in the annual Masters pool draft … oh, wait a second. Let's grab that hat.   

The Florida swing being the unofficial Road to the Masters, here are five things we learned during the four pit stops in the Sunshine State:

1. 54-hole leaders can’t slam the door. With his final-round stumble at Bay Hill, Henrik Stenson became the ninth consecutive third-round leader who coughed up the lead on the final day. At least the world No. 2 didn’t completely gag it away on Sunday – he still shot 70, which was an improvement over the past 10 third-round leaders and co-leaders, each of whom failed to break par over their final 18 holes. If this trend continues, we might soon see guys playing hot potato on Saturday afternoon, trying to avoid the top spot. 

2. Rory is frustrated. So much for a leisurely stroll into Augusta. A missed cut at Honda. A tie for ninth at Doral that was more notable for his iron-sling into the pond. And a T-11 at Arnie’s Place after a weekend fade. He’s already going to get badgered about trying to become the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam. Now he also has to worry about persistent questions about his form. It’s another distraction, and another reason, why he’s not scribbled atop our list of can't-miss contenders.   

3. Tiger’s woes are deeper than they originally appeared. Last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational was the tournament everyone circled on their calendar for his return. Playing Arnie’s event would have given Woods six weeks to prepare and a few much-needed reps before the Masters – and besides, he could practically play Bay Hill in his sleep, having won there eight times. Yet his decision to skip the API is viewed now as an important benchmark in his stalled comeback. His physical gifts aren’t so much the question as what’s going on between the ears. So fragile mentally, would he dare risk undoing two months of hard work with a potential embarrassment on the sport’s biggest stage? Today, it doesn’t seem likely.  

4. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed have established the foundation for a long rivalry. And not just against each other, which would be plenty fun, but also teaming up to challenge Rory’s throne. They’ll never put up Tiger’s numbers – in viewership or victories – but their thrilling game of H-O-R-S-E in Tampa proved that these guys can at least move the needle a little bit. The last hour of the Valspar registered a 3.6 overnight rating, which is big for a non-major and non-Tiger event. (Comparison: The NCAA selection show had a 3.9.) During a PGA Tour season that has been rife with parity – the API was the 19th event this season with a 19th different winner – the ascendance of these two under-25 studs is worth applauding.  

5. Dustin Johnson reminded observers that he is one of five players on Tour who are worth the price of admission. His pace of play is refreshing, and so is the simplistic way in which he approaches the game – select club, pick target, shoot. The possibility that you could get sucked into his driver vortex is appealing, too. The other four guys I’d pay to watch play golf:

  • Rory. When he’s on, it’s performance art, an awe-inspiring display of power, finesse and bravado.
  • Bubba. High shots, low shots, hook shots, slice shots, shots with raw power, shots with deft touch. The beauty is that even Watson doesn’t know what he’ll do next. 
  • Adam. Can your swing improve simply through osmosis? Here’s hoping. And the gallery-watching isn't bad, either.
  • Tiger. We used to watch because it was history in the making. Now, we watch because we don’t know how much longer he’ll be around, and because you’re bound to get up close, with all of his foul balls. 

6. Watching Henrik Stenson pulverize his way around a golf course, it’s a wonder that he doesn’t win multiple big-time events each year. The ball just sounds different coming off his club – clean, crisp, compressed. But seeing how The Stense handled the closing hour at Bay Hill provided an illuminating answer into why he has won *only* four times on Tour. Stenson became frazzled when a rules official told his group that it was out of position and on the clock for a second time. Without the “extra five seconds” he apparently needed to go through his usual (lengthy) routine, Stenson took six putts total on Nos. 15 and 16 and cost himself a shot at his first Tour title since the 2013 Tour Championship.

It was a weak excuse – especially when the Tour hasn’t doled out a slow-play penalty in eons. Needless to say, they weren’t going to break that streak at Arnie’s event.  

7. To his credit, though, Stenson has made massive strides with his putting over the past few years. It was the biggest weakness in his game and he’s put in the time and effort to improve. Through the API he is ranked second on Tour in strokes gained; last year he was 135th.  

Stenson was ranked second in the field in strokes gained-putting through three rounds at Bay Hill, with nine made putts over 10 feet and only three misses inside that range. The final round was a different story. He was dead last in the field in strokes gained. No makes over 10 feet. Six misses inside that range. That was the difference between winning and losing – not some pushy rules official. 

8. For the next two weeks, you can bet that Rory will place the greatest emphasis on his wedge play. At Bay Hill, the world No. 1 hit 75 percent of the greens, but he didn’t give himself enough good looks for birdie. His length and right-to-left ball flight give him a tremendous advantage at Augusta, which is why he needs to capitalize on the shots from 150 yards and in.

Last year he was 58th or better on Tour in proximity to the hole from 75-100 yards, 100-125 yards and 125-150 yards. That’s a sharp contrast to the numbers he posted in 2013, when he was outside the top 125 in all three ranges. His Masters success will hinge on how well he can dial in his wedges. 

9. The headline last week was that Bubba Watson’s pre-Masters preparation was turned upside down when he withdrew from Bay Hill because of the unexpected death of a childhood friend. Turns out David Miller was more than that. Miller and Watson played at Georgia at the same time, and they remained close over the years – so close that during the Bulldogs’ annual alumni tournament, they frequently played together. Last year, they won. So close, that Watson skipped Arnold Palmer’s event to serve as a pallbearer at Miller’s funeral. His friend was 36 years old, a father of two young kids. Even more heartbreaking was what Watson posted on Instagram on Friday – that Miller had been baptized just three days before his death. 

10. In addition to the soon-to-be-ripped-up greens at Bay Hill, Arnold Palmer also mentioned before last week’s tournament that he hoped to make a few changes to 16, the easily reachable 511-yard par 5. “That’s really the weak part of the golf course right now,” said Palmer, but your correspondent couldn’t disagree more. It’s one of the best holes on an otherwise nondescript Florida swing course. 

Who cares that it played to a 4.23 average for the week, yielding 223 birdies, 31 eagles and an albatross? You don't hear complaints that the first hole at Riviera is too easy. The overall winning score is what matters, not the total under par. Bay Hill's 16th played a pivotal role in the tournament, whether it was Rory’s forehead-slapping bogey there on Saturday or Stenson’s three-jack from the back of the green on Sunday. It’s a fun departure from the gut-check closing stretch. Tricking up the green will only make the hole less dramatic. 

11. That drive that sailed past the out-of-bounds fence left of 18 Sunday? Turns out it cost Morgan Hoffmann 63 large – the difference between a tie for third ($365,400) and solo fourth ($302,400). The 25-year-old impressed with his start in the final round, going 5 under through eight holes, but playing his last 10 in 4 over cost him some serious cash. That private plane isn’t going to fly itself, you know … 

12. If you missed the surprising backstory of Matt Every's Bay Hill defense, you can find it here.

13. If desperate times call for desperate measures, then maybe Scott really should consider going back to the broomstick for the upcoming Masters. Some shocking stats were unearthed by the Golf Channel research team:

  • Last week alone, Scott had five misses inside 5 feet, 11 misses inside 10 feet and he lost more than four shots (4.1) to the field on the greens.
  • That follows his previous four rounds with the conventional putter, when he lost – gulp – 7.8 strokes.

Augusta’s greens can make even a good putter look average. Imagine how they could expose a player who is struggling with both his stroke and his confidence.  

14. Bashing a golf ball puts an incredible strain on the body. Even more so when your name is Brooks Koepka and you own a 121-mph golf swing. He dislocated a rib at Bay Hill, had it pushed back in twice during his third round and was in such discomfort Sunday that he didn’t even take full practice swings. Grimacing after every shot, he withdrew after 11 holes in the final round, his first WD at any level. “It really pisses me off, to be honest with you,” he said in the parking lot. A winner earlier this year in Phoenix, Koepka is scheduled to play the Houston Open in two weeks. It’d be a shame if he tried to tough out this injury but in the process only damaged his Masters hopes. 

15. So, how was YOUR Florida swing? Not as good as Daniel Berger’s. The 21-year-old rookie lost in a playoff at the Honda – a defeat with a $658,800 consolation prize – and hit for the par-5 cycle at Bay Hill, recording a 2-3-4-5 during a third-round (sigh) 68. It was the first time that feat had ever been accomplished on the PGA Tour, yet it didn’t even crack the top 3 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 list.

Cue Berger: 

Good point, but it got us thinking: Was it the wildest stretch ever in a tournament? Nah. The nod here still goes to Karen Stupples, who began the final round of the 2004 Women’s British Open with an eagle and an albatross. It propelled her to a closing 64 and her first (and only) major win.

To say it's wet in Madeira would be an understatement.

The European Tour’s Madeira Islands Open was mercifully canceled Sunday, after four days of 50-mph winds and heavy downpours. It was just as well – it had the worst field on any major tour this year. Only ONE top-200 player was entered in the tournament – SSP Chowrasia, who checks in at No. 174. The next best was Bradley Dredge, at No. 255. The only two guys in the top 340. There were more than 30 – THIRTY! – with the lowest possible ranking of 1,548. So much for the circuit’s triumphant return to Europe. 

And before we go ...

What a missed opportunity for Harris English. At No. 52 in the world, he likely needed a top-5 finish at Bay Hill to move safely inside the top 50 and secure a spot to the Masters. Instead, he shot rounds of 72-75 on the weekend, dropped to T-29 and actually fell a spot in the rankings, to No. 53. He’s entered in this week’s Texas Open. If he doesn’t make a move at TPC San Antonio – where he doesn’t own a top-60 finish in two previous tries – then it’ll be win-or-bust in Houston. … Happy Thanksgiving! The 2016 Olympic course will host a test event Nov. 26-29 in Rio. ... Tiger Woods is now the 96th-ranked golfer in the world. If he even plays the Masters, it'll be the first time in his pro career that he entered a major outside the top 100. ... Lydia Ko shot 66-69-69-69 at the LPGA's Founders Cup and finished T-6. Washed up. ... Our NCAA bracket is all shades of busted. If you’re a die-hard college fan, go ahead and pencil in Texas as a No. 1 seed in your, um, NCAA Golf Tournament bracket. Last weekend the Longhorns won their third event in a row, and fourth overall. ... Um, was that a cyst taken out of Azahara Munoz’s left hand, or a meatball? ... McIlroy joked that Arnie “made” him eat a banana split during their two-and-a-half-hour dinner Thursday night. Not so, says Palmer: "He went into it like it was the last supper." ... You Know Who’s car in the parking lot, in the most visible spot. Subtle. 

Right now, my gut says no, but I’ve flipped on this over the past week. When he didn’t commit to Bay Hill, I thought the fact that Woods waited until virtually the last minute was encouraging, a sign that he was close but not quite ready. Now, it feels like it could be a while before we see Tiger back in competition. With issues that are more mental than physical, Augusta might literally be the last place on the planet that he’d want to return. The risk of embarrassment – and a psychological relapse – is too great.

The two burning questions, it seems, from the past week:

  1. That’s the ninth week in a row that the 54-hole leader didn’t win. For so many years Tiger tricked us into thinking that winning is straightforward, almost easy. Even the best closers in baseball cough up a lead every once in a while, but this recent oh-fer is startling. The pursuers don’t sleep on the lead, don’t have the expectations to perform, don’t have the internal here-we-go-again drama when a bad break or shot happens early in the round. That's about the only explanation we have.
  2. Of course it’s an albatross. It’s a 3-under score. An eagle is 2 under. Double that, and it’s 4 under par. A “double eagle” is a strictly American invention, and it’s one that makes absolutely no sense.
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Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):

12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson

Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.

11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson

At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.

11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker

Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.

1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas

Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.

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Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone

By Doug FergusonJanuary 16, 2018, 7:34 pm

HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.

It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.

Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.

It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.

''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''

The reward now?

''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''

He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.

During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.

''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''

Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.

''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''

During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.

''Bones, don't ever do that again.''

It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.

Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.

And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.

It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.

''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''

Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.

And not the Masters.

He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.

''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''

There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.

Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.

''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''

He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.

''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.

He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.

''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''

Except for that first week in April.

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The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't

By Jason CrookJanuary 16, 2018, 7:00 pm

The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.

Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.

As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:

While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:

Yeah, you heard that right.

“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”

Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.

Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.

Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.

As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.

Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.

Former NFL and current CFL coach June Jones: A master of 5-iron putting?

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Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.

With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.

First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.

“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”

Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.

We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.

The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.

These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.

Here's two more just for good measure.

Farts ... will they ever not be funny?

Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.

Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.

Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"

Yeah Tommy, we all got that.

Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.

But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.

We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.

Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.

PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.

Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.

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Spieth selected by peers to run for PAC chairman

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 6:43 pm

Jordan Spieth may still be relatively young, but he has gained the confidence of some of the PGA Tour's most seasoned voices.

Spieth is one of two players selected by the current player directors of the Tour's Policy Board to run for Chairman of the Player Advisory Council (PAC). Spieth will face Billy Hurley III in an election that will end Feb. 13, with the leading vote-getter replacing Davis Love III next year on the Policy Board for a three-year term through 2021.

Last year's PAC chairman, Johnson Wagner, replaces Jason Bohn as a player director on the Policy Board beginning this year and running through 2020. Other existing player directors include Charley Hoffman (2017-19), Kevin Streelman (2017-19) and Love (2016-18).

The 16-member PAC advises and consults with the Policy Board and Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on "issues affecting the Tour."

In addition to Spieth and Hurley, other PAC members for 2018 include Daniel Berger, Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Chesson Hadley, James Hahn, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Geoff Ogilvy, Sam Saunders, Chris Stroud, Justin Thomas, Kyle Thompson and Cameron Tringale.