After Further Review: A tough week for golf


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on a difficult week for the golf industry, the inspiring return of Jarrod Lyle, and the future of the International Crown.

As far as the state of the game is concerned, this wasn't exactly a banner week for golf.

On Sunday, television ratings were down for a third straight major; on Monday, about 500 PGA professionals were laid off by a major retailer; on Tuesday, a long-time golf magazine announced it would cease publishing its print edition; and it was all punctuated by a previously planned national TV program featuring the numerous current issues within the industry.

On the surface, it might seem like there isn't a whole lot of glass-half-full to the situation, but it's often been said that the first step to finding a solution is identifying the problem. Golf has some measurable problems right now. The industry has already started finding some potential solutions, but this week's developments should spur even more efforts. - Jason Sobel

Each week in golf there are no shortage of moral victories: journeymen professionals cashing a check to keep the dream alive, an injured player straight off the DL testing his game, or maybe just a guy who has endured two brushes with cancer working his way back to the game’s highest stage.

Jarrod Lyle returned to competitive golf in the United States this week at the Tour’s Midwest Classic, where he tied for 11th place, following his second bout with leukemia and a stem cell transplant.

The affable Australian still has two rehabilitation starts before returning to the PGA Tour early next season, but if his play - and his perspective - remains unchanged, this week’s stop in Kansas will mark an impressive new beginning. - Rex Hoggard

Someday, the International Crown will be bigger than the Solheim Cup. It has all the elements that make the Solheim Cup work, but it’s potentially so much larger in scale, so much more emotionally charged.

That’s because there is more than the U.S. flag and the European Union flag flying over this competition. Flags for the United States, South Korea, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Thailand and Chinese Taipei flew over this week's event. Bringing eight national teams together under their own flags was LPGA commissioner Mike Whan’s idea, and it makes all the difference in the world. It's so much easier to embrace and emotionally invest in than a Presidents Cup, where an Internationals team concept feels so coldly contrived.

All the International Crown needs is some history, and it will become super-sized with passion, especially once Whan begins taking it around the world. - Randall Mell