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After Further Review: Farewell at cost of progress

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Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the PGA Tour's final go-round at Firestone Country Club ...

Firestone isn’t the only casualty of next year’s condensed PGA Tour schedule, but it is the toughest change.

The South Course has been a fixture on Tour since 1976, the year it hosted its first World Series of Golf, and had become the biggest and best small-town event in the game. A classic venue with a cozy feel.

Next year the World Golf Championship will relocate to Memphis and will be called the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and Firestone will host the Senior Players Championship. It’s not exactly a fair tradeoff, but it is the unfortunate cost of progress. - Rex Hoggard


On the rise of European women's major champions ...

Europe delivered a new star to women’s golf Sunday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. England’s Georgia Hall joins Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg as that continent’s newest major championship winners. American Solheim Cup hopefuls better take notice. Their challenge appears to be a lot tougher in Scotland next year. Hall and Lindberg won their majors in gritty, determined fashion. And, wow, can they both putt under pressure. Europe looked as if its future was more questionable than that of the American women’s at year’s start, but not so much anymore.