Golf Talk Live - World Golf Village Special Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 20, 2000, 5:00 pm
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PETER KESSLER
WELCOME BACK. WE ARE NOW JOINED BY SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK AND JOHN JACOBS, GENTLEMEN, GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. WERE YOU EVER MORE NERVOUS THAN YOU WERE THIS PAST SEPTEMBER WHEN YOU HAD TO STAND ON

THE FIRST TEE AT THE OLD COURSE OF ST. ANDREWS AND DRIVE YOURSELF IN BY HITTING A TEE SHOT AS SECRETARY OF THE R&A?

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
I THINK SO, PROBABLY STANDING UP TONIGHT AT THAT RECEPTION AND HAVING TO SPEAK TO ALL OF THESE PEOPLE BEING INDUCTED INTO THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME.

PETER KESSLER
JOHN, WHAT IS IT ABOUT ST. ANDREWS, AND THIS IS REALLY FOR BOTH OF YOU, THAT GIVES IT THE SENSE OF ATMOSPHERE THAT ALL OF US FEEL WHEN WE'RE THERE OR WHEN WE SEE IT ON TELEVISION?

JOHN JACOBS
I'VE, I'VE GOT TO FOLLOW SIR MICHAEL, REALLY. I'VE NEVER BEEN MORE NERVOUS THAN I WAS THIS EVENING.

PETER KESSLER
REALLY?

JOHN JACOBS
WELL HAVING TO, IT'S NOT AN EASY ONE TO DO BECAUSE EMOTION COMES INTO IT A WE BIT, BUT, ST. ANDREWS TO ME, I USED TO SAY MY FAVORITE GOLF COURSE WAS LINDRICK, WHERE I WAS BORN, BUT I NOW SAY ST. ANDREWS BECAUSE IT IS, IT IS A MARVELOUS GOLF COURSE. AS LONG AS

YOU PLAY TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION, FOR SECRETARY DRIVING OFF, OR EVEN I MIGHT SORT OF TOP THAT ALONG THE FLOOR, SO WHEN I SAY EVEN, I TOP IT MOST OF THE TIME NOW, BUT DON'T TELL EVERYBODY ABOUT THAT.

PETER KESSLER
WELL WHAT PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IS THAT YOU WERE BORN IN THE CLUBHOUSE AT LINDRICK AS OPPOSED TO SOMEWHERE NEAR BY.

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
YOU THINK ABOUT THE GHOST OF THE PAST WHEN YOU'RE STANDING ON THE FIRST TEE AT ST. ANDREWS, BECAUSE YOU REALIZE THAT EVERY SINGLE FAMOUS PLAYER IN THE WORLD WHO HAD DRIVEN

OFF THAT TEE AND YOU HAVE THIS GREAT ATMOSPHERE AROUND YOU, THE CLUBHOUSE BEHIND YOU AND ALL THE HOUSES DOWN THE LEFT HAND SIDE, AND IT'S VERY EERIE. IT'S LIKE PLAYING GOLF IN THE CATHEDRAL.

PETER KESSLER
IN 1984, YOU HAD YOUR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO HAND THE CLARET JUG TO A WINNER AND THAT WAS SEVE BALLESTEROS, AT THE OLD COURSE. THIS PAST YEAR, YOUR LAST OPPORTUNITY AS

WE UNDERSTAND IT FOR THE MOMENT TO HAND OUT THE CLARET JUG TO TIGER WOODS, COULD YOU HAVE ASKED FOR BETTER BOOKENDS TO YOUR TIME IN THAT POSITION WITH THE R&A?

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
WELL THERE'S A DIFFERENCE, A DIFFERENCE THERE. AS SECRETARY YOU CARRY THE CUP OUT, THE CLARET JUG OUT AND YOU GIVE IT TO THE CAPTAIN TO HAND OVER.

PETER KESSLER
WHICH OF COURSE IS WHAT YOU JUST WERE.

PETER KESSLER
SO I'VE, I'VE NEVER DONE THAT BEFORE UNTIL THIS YEAR AND I ALWAYS SAID THAT ONCE I BECAME CAPTAIN, I KNOW WHO I'M GOING TO HAND THE CLARET JUG OVER TO. IT'S GOING TO BE TIGER WOODS, AND THAT MADE MY YEAR, TO HAND IT OVER TO THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, AT ST. ANDREWS.

PETER KESSLER
LAST YEAR, YOU, ACTUALLY, EARLIER THIS YEAR, YOU AND I WERE WALKING FOLLOWING TIGER AT PEBBLE BEACH AND I ASKED YOU WHAT WAS, WHAT WAS IT ABOUT HIM AND YOU SAID, THE TOTALITY OF IT ALL AND THE FACT THAT HE OUT DRIVES EVERYBODY ELSE BY 40 YARDS. WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO THAT, JOHN?

JOHN JACOBS
I WOULD ADD THAT HE PUTTS SO WONDERFULLY AS WELL. THE TOTALITY IS EXACTLY THE RIGHT WORD. WHAT SIR MICHAEL DIDN'T TELL YOU, HE CAPTAINED A WINNING WALKER CUP TEAM AT ST. ANDREWS AS WELL. 1971. SO, HE'S HAD A FAIR AMOUNT OF SUCCESS UP THERE YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
TALK TO US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE RECREATIONAL PLAYERS TODAY AREN'T ANY BETTER AT GOLF THAN WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE BOYS?
WHAT DO YOU, WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THAT TO?

JOHN JACOBS
WELL OF COURSE WE HEAR SO MUCH ABOUT THE EQUIPMENT THESE DAYS, WHICH SEEMS TO HAVE HELPED AT THE VERY TOP OF THE GAME, BUT LOWER DOWN I HAVEN'T SEEN EVERYBODY'S HANDICAP COMING DOWN BUT STILL, IF

GOLF HAS A DRAW BACK IT'S STILL DIFFICULT FOR MOST PEOPLE AND TAKES TOO LONG, ACTUALLY, SO THAT ANYTHING THAT MAKES IT EASIER, BUT THE, THE GREAT PLAYERS WHO DO NOTHING ELSE BUT WORK ON THEIR OWN GAME, DIFFERENT, DIFFERENT TO, TO MY EXPERIENCE, YOU KNOW, SO, YES THEY'VE

GOT BETTER BUT THE CLUB GOLFER, NO THEY STILL FIND THIS GAME PRETTY TOUGH I'M AFRAID. THAT'S TO DO WITH TECHNIQUE AS MUCH AS EQUIPMENT.

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
I, I SLIGHTLY DISAGREE WITH THAT BECAUSE I THINK

PETER KESSLER
GOOD, LET'S HEAR IT.

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
THERE ARE FAR MORE GOLFERS NOW THAN USED TO BE AND I THINK THE RECREATIONAL PLAYERS ON A WHOLE ARE A LOT BETTER THAN THEY USED TO BE, BUT THERE ARE MORE OF THEM NOW,

AND SO YOU GET, MORE PEOPLE COMING INTO THE GAME AT THE BOTTOM END AND THE BOTTOM END OF THE PLAYERS AREN'T SO GOOD, THEY'RE NEVER GOING TO BE AS, SO GOOD, BUT I THINK THERE ARE MORE GOOD PLAYERS NOW AND THEY'RE BETTER TAUGHT THANKS TO THE PEOPLE LIKE JOHN AND THE PGA PROFESSIONALS

THAT TEACH THEM, SO I THINK THE STANDARD OF THE AVERAGE CLUB GOLFER IS ACTUALLY GOING UP, BUT THERE ARE MORE PLAYERS PLAYING AND MORE PLAYERS COMING IN AT THE BOTTOM END AND THEY'RE THE PEOPLE WHO AREN'T SO GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
DEANE BEMEN WAS INDUCTED TODAY. HE WAS A WONDERFUL PLAYER.

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
MADE INCREDIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS AS AN ADMINISTRATOR AND VISIONARY TO THE GAME, TELL US ABOUT DEANE, THE PLAYER, IN HIS PRIME.

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
OH HE WAS THE MOST COMPETITIVE COMPETITOR I'VE EVER PLAYED AGAINST. I HAD A FUNNY EXPERIENCE, 1961, I PLAYED IN THE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP AT PEBBLE BEACH. WE PLAYED THE PRACTICE ROUNDS WITH JACK AND DEANE. IN THE PRACTICE ROUNDS, THEY

BOTH PLAYED VERY WELL, BUT AFTERWARDS, JACK WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT DEANE'S PITCHING AND PUTTING AND A FEW MINUTES LATER, DEANE WAS COMPLAINING TO ME ABOUT HOW FAR JACK HIT THE BALL. THEY BOTH FELT IT WAS UNFAIR, BUT THEY BOTH PROVED TO BE VERY GREAT PLAYERS, BUT DEANE WAS A TREMENDOUS COMPETITOR.

PETER KESSLER
TELL US ABOUT NEAL COLES, A PLAYER. NEAL COULDN'T BE HERE TONIGHT TO, TO SHARE IN HIS INDUCTION. TELL US HOW GIFTED AND HOW GOOD A PLAYER NEAL COLES WAS.

JOHN JACOBS
I'M SO ENVIOUS OF NEAL COLES. HIS GOLF SWING HASN'T CHANGED IN THE 40, 45 YEARS THAT I'VE KNOWN HIM SINCE HE WAS A BOY. HE JUST DOES THE SAME THING, NOW, IDIOTS LIKE ME, YOU STOP PLAYING FOR A WHILE TO EARN A LIVING AND THEN YOU GO BACK TO IT AND

BEFORE YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE, YOU PLAY A COUPLE AND THEN YOU'RE EXPERIMENT, I, I MUST TRY TO, AND, BUT NEAL HAS NEVER CHANGED. HE HAS THE MOST SIMPLE PICTURE OF WHAT THE GOLF SWING IS. SET THE CLUB, USE YOUR LEGS IN THE DOWNSWING, THAT'S ALL HE'S EVER DONE, AND, BUT HE, BUT HE'S

GOT A MARVELOUS TEMPERAMENT. I MEAN, TO ME, GOLF, THEY'RE GREAT GOLFERS. HERE YOU HAVE A GREAT, GREAT GOLFER, BEN HOGAN, SHALL WE SAY WAS A WONDERFUL STRIKER. NEAL IS A MARVELOUS AMALGAMATION OF THE TWO OF THOSE THINGS. A WONDERFUL

STRIKER THAT NEVER GETS TOO TANGLED UP HERE AND A GREAT TEMPERAMENT. TELL YOU NEAL' GO ON FOREVER.

PETER KESSLER
HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK IT IS SIR MICHAEL THAT THE R&A AND THE USGA AS GOLF CONTINUES TO GROW AT THIS EXPONENTIAL RATE THAT THEY BE VIRTUALLY MOST OF THE TIME, ON THE SAME PAGE WHEN IT COMES TO GOLF'S KEY ISSUES?

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT AND WE ARE, TO ALL INTENSIVE PURPOSES, WE HAVE THIS ONE HICCUP AT THE MOMENT OVER THE, OVER THE DRIVER, BUT WE'VE HAD OTHER HICCUPS BEFORE. WE STILL HAVE A HICCUP IN THE RULES BOOK

ABOUT THE GROOVES ON THE CLUBS, BUT, WE'LL HAVE THESE SLIGHT DIFFERENCES BUT IN THE END WE'LL ALWAYS COME AROUND TO THE SAME WAY OF THINKING BECAUSE WE'RE BOTH TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT, WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE GAME OF GOLF.

PETER KESSLER
WE'VE GOT A QUESTION THAT ONE OF OUR VIEWERS SUBMITTED TODAY. I'M JUST GOING TO GO AHEAD AND READ IT OFF THE TELEVISION MONITOR AND THAT QUESTION IS FOR THE BOTH OF YOU AND IT IS, WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN TOUR? AS THE FATHER OF THE EUROPEAN TOUR, JOHN, I ASK YOU FIRST.

JOHN JACOBS
IT'S A LITTLE BIT, A LITTLE BIT IN CRISIS AT THE MOMENT. DUE, DUE I THINK TO THE RYDER CUP AND PROBABLY SOME RATHER POOR DECISIONS FROM THE EUROPEAN SIDE INVOLVING THE SAME, THE CAPTAIN OF LAST TIME INTO BEING A VICE CAPTAIN THIS TIME AND, AND

THEREFORE THERE'S A TINY LITTLE BIT OF THAT BETWEEN THE EUROPEANS AND THE BRITISH IN THE EUROPEAN TOUR, THEREFORE, IT NEEDS A FAIR AMOUNT OF DIPLOMACY FROM KENT CAULFIELD (05:53???) AGAIN TO GET THAT BACK ON TRACK, BUT I THINK THAT'S A TEMPORARY THING. I'M, I'M NERVOUS ABOUT THE RYDER CUP BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, ALL

THESE GOLFERS ARE WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL SPORTSMEN WHEN THEY'RE PLAYING IN THE TOURNAMENTS WHEN IT COMES TO THE RYDER CUP, THE FEAR OF LOSING HAS BECOME TOO IMPORTANT AND THEN THAT I THINK IS A FATE THING. THE THING IS I'VE TRIED TO EXPLAIN WITH CAPTAINS

AND VICE CAPTAINS AND DIFFICULT THINGS BEING DONE TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT AND THEREFORE THE FUTURE, I, THE FUTURE IS GREAT BECAUSE IT'S, IT'S AGAIN, THE, THE REALLY, THE SPORTING IN. INSTINCTS AS OPPOSED TO,

FORGIVE ME, TENNIS AND OTHER GAMES HAVE GONE THE WRONG WAY, BUT AT THE MOMENT, LET'S GET OUR THINGS SQUARED AWAY AGAIN WHERE BY EUROPE BECOMES EUROPE AGAIN WHICH AT THE MOMENT IS A LITTLE DEGREES SPLIT RIGHT NOW.

PETER KESSLER
OTHER THAN YOUR NERVES, TONIGHT, GIVING YOUR SPEECH AT THE CEREMONY, WHAT WAS THE MOST CURIOUS REACTION YOU HAD TO THIS PARTICULAR HONOR THAT YOU RECEIVED TODAY?

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
I THINK THE MOST CURIOUS REACTION WAS, WHY ME?

(PETER, SIR MICHAEL AND JOHN LAUGH)

JOHN JACOBS
I SAID (??) TO THE GOVERNORS (??) TO GET IT AT ALL.

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
I THINK ALL THESE

PETER KESSLER
HAND HIM HIS CREDENTIALS AS YOU LEAVE THE SET TONIGHT SO HE CAN REFRESH HIS OWN MEMORY.

JOHN JACOBS
I'VE, BUT I'VE, BUT I'M SURE MICHAEL, WE'RE AT ONE, HERE, AND THAT TO ME, THAT THIS IS, THEY'VE, THEY'VE ALL BEEN MY HEROES FOR, FOR YEARS, ROBERTO DIVICENZO, PETER THOMPSON, AND, AND THEREFORE ONE IS NEVER FELT TO BE IN THE SAME CLASS IN TERMS OF A PLAYER BUT, BUT ONE IS

FLATTERED BUT STILL FEELS CONCERN THAT ONE REALLY DOESN'T QUITE BELONG BECAUSE OF, OF NOT BEING QUITE AT THAT LEVEL, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND I'M VERY, VERY THRILLED TO BE IN IT.

PETER KESSLER
THE COMMITTEE HAS SUGGESTED THAT IT WAS NOT IN ERROR. THANK YOU SO MUCH

JOHN JACOBS
GOD BLESS YOU

PETER KESSLER
FOR TAKING THE TIME TO BE HERE, TONIGHT. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON THE SHOW.

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
PETER

PETER KESSLER
GOOD LUCK AS SECRETARY.

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE OLD COURSE AT ST. ANDREWS.

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
EX-SECRETARY.

PETER KESSLER
EX, EX- SECRETARY. FORGIVE ME.

JOHN JACOBS
CAPTAIN

PETER KESSLER
CAPTAIN NOW. EXCUSE ME.

SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK
EX-SECRETARY . EX-CAPTAIN

PETER KESSLER
CALLS HIMSELF THEN AS CAPTAIN, FORGIVE ME. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH DEANE BEMAN. DON'T GO AWAY.
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Club apologizes for calling cops on black women members

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 11:07 pm

YORK, Pa. - A golf club in Pennsylvania has apologized for calling police on a group of black women after the co-owner and his father said they were playing too slowly and refused requests to leave the course.

“I felt we were discriminated against,” one of the women, Myneca Ojo, told the York Daily Record. “It was a horrific experience.”

Sandra Thompson and four friends met up Saturday to play a round of golf at the Grandview Golf Club, where they are all members, she told the newspaper.

At the second hole, a white man whose son co-owns the club came up to them twice to complain that they weren’t keeping up with the pace of play. Thompson, an attorney and the head of the York chapter of the NAACP, told the newspaper it was untrue.

On the same hole, another member of the group, Sandra Harrison, said she spoke with a Grandview golf pro, who said they were fine since they were keeping pace with the group ahead of them.

Despite that, the women skipped the third hole to avoid any other issues, she said.

It’s part of golf etiquette that slow-moving players let groups behind them play through if they are holding things up, and often golf courses have personnel who monitor the pace of play, letting golfers know when they are taking too long.

The five are part of a larger group of local women known as Sisters in the Fairway. The group has been around for at least a decade, and all of its members are experienced players who have golfed all over the county and world, Thompson said. They’re very familiar with golf etiquette, she said.

After the ninth hole, where it is customary to take a break before continuing on the next nine holes, three of the group decided to leave because they were so shaken up by the earlier treatment, the women told the paper.

Thompson said the man from the second hole, identified as former York County Commissioner Steve Chronister, his son, club co-owner Jordan Chronister and several other white, male employees approached the remaining two women and said they took too long of a break and they needed to leave the course.

The women argued they took an appropriate break, and that the men behind them were still on their beer break and not ready to tee off, as seen in a video Thompson gave the newspaper. The women were told that the police had been called, and so they waited.

Northern York County Regional Police arrived, conducted interviews and left without charging anyone.

“We were called there for an issue, the issue did not warrant any charges,” Northern York County Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel said. “All parties left and we left as well.”

A phone listing for Steve Chronister rang busy on Monday. He told the York Daily Record he didn’t have time to comment on Sunday.

Jordan Chronister’s wife and co-owner of the club, JJ Chronister, said Sunday she called the women personally to apologize.

“We sincerely apologize to the women for making them feel uncomfortable here at Grandview, that is not our intention in any way,” she told the newspaper. “We want all of our members to feel valued and that they can come out here and have a great time, play golf and enjoy the experience.”

She said she hopes to meet with them to discuss how the club can use what happened as a learning experience and do better in the future.

Thompson said she’s not sure a meeting is what needs to happen.

“There needs to be something more substantial to understand they don’t treat people in this manner,” she said.

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Randall's Rant: Augusta has the power to strengthen LPGA

By Randall MellApril 23, 2018, 9:57 pm

Augusta National Golf Club is turning women’s golf upside down.

If you care about the LPGA, that should be your hope, anyway.

Your hope should be that the investment made in the new Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship announced at the Masters three weeks ago will eventually filter up the women’s ranks.

While the new amateur event comes with significant challenges for the women’s tour - with its first major (the ANA Inspiration) in a tough spot the same week as the Augusta National Women’s Amateur - there is LPGA seed money being planted in Georgia

There’s an investment that may grow the women’s game beyond fueling new interest among girls.

“I just hope corporations start recognizing the value of investing in the women’s game, the way Augusta National does,” two-time major champion Cristie Kerr said. “There are so many corporate sponsors in the men’s game who don’t invest a single dollar in the women’s game. Obviously, that’s their prerogative, but we have a lot of value as a tour.”

And there’s your hope.

Augusta National is a collection of power brokers, CEOs and leaders now invested in growing the women’s game.

They’re taking a special interest in watching these young female amateurs emerge, and it’s only natural to expect they’ll become emotionally invested in where these young players go.

And a lot of these young players will go on to the LPGA.

The LPGA is thriving under commissioner Mike Whan’s leadership, with Whan seeing opportunities where others didn’t. He saw Asian interest in the tour as an asset, not the liability so many thought a decade ago.

The LPGA had withered to 23 events in 2011 with $40 million in total prize money. This year, it's up to 34 events with a tour-record $68 million in prize money. Whan did that with a lot of Asian backing.

Of the 10 tour events the LPGA has staged so far this year, including this week’s tournament in San Francisco, nine have Asian-based title sponsors. Even the LPGA’s domestic events are thriving on Asian money. 



All six of the U.S. events staged so far this year have Asian-based title sponsors. You have to move into May and next week’s Volunteers of America Texas Classic before finding an American corporate title sponsor of an American LPGA event.

That starts changing with summer approaching, but overall there will be 17 Asian-based companies or organizations as title sponsors of LPGA events this year, with 14 American-based entities sponsoring or owning events.

Whan says that’s a good thing.

“The diversity of sponsorship on the LPGA makes us a stronger business,” Whan said. “Since I’ve been in office, we’ve worked through recessions in different parts of the world. None of those recessions were crippling to our overall schedule, because we have so many sponsors on board, from so many different places.”

Whan says American corporate interest is growing considerably, with more American marketing partners joining the LPGA this year. The next steps players would like to see are increased purses and endorsement opportunities for women.

The winning two-man team at the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic this week will take home a combined $2,073,000. This week’s LPGA Mediheal Championship features a $1.5 million purse for the entire field.

“The income gap in golf is as much a concern to me as the corporate income gap is to working women,” 12-time LPGA winner Stacy Lewis wrote in an essay earlier this year for the World Economic Forum.

U.S. Solheim Cup captain and LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster started wearing a San Francisco Giants cap this year with no endorsement deals on her bag or shirt. She has become more outspoken about the lack of corporate support for all female golf pros.

“I'm going to say it right now, and I probably shouldn't say it, but I just don't understand how all these companies get away with supporting PGA Tour events and not supporting the LPGA,” Inkster said at the last Solheim Cup. “It makes me a little upset, because I think we've got a great product. We deserve our due.”

With Augusta National investing in young amateur women, it may only be a matter of time until corporate America significantly steps up support. The game’s greatest power brokers appear ready to grow with the young women they will begin investing in next year. That should be the hope for anyone who cares about the LPGA.

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Report: Tour close to finalizing Detroit tournament

By Will GrayApril 23, 2018, 7:07 pm

With the final pieces of the 2019 schedule falling into place, the PGA Tour appears on the verge of returning to Michigan for the first time in nearly a decade.

According to a Detroit News report, the Tour is "believed to be close" to an agreement to bring a tournament to the Motor City beginning in 2019, reportedly likely to take place at Detroit Golf Club near downtown.

While the specifics remain undisclosed, the prime candidate for such a move appears to be The National. The Washington, D.C.-area event, which benefits Tiger Woods' TGR Foundation, was sponsored by Detroit-based Quicken Loans from 2014-2017. This year the tournament will be conducted at TPC Potomac without a title sponsor.

According to a Detroit News report in September, Quicken Loans CEO Dan Gilbert was open to continuing his company's sponsorship of the event if it shifted to Detroit.

In addition to The National, the only other current PGA Tour event without a title sponsor is the Houston Open. On Monday Charles Schwab was introduced as the new title sponsor of the Fort Worth Invitational beginning in 2019.

The PGA Tour has not held an event in the state of Michigan since 2009, the final year of the now-defunct Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. While the final details of a revamped schedule have yet to be announced, the Tour is expected to unveil its itinerary for the 2018-19 season at The Players next month.

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Inbee Park quietly reclaims world No. 1

By Randall MellApril 23, 2018, 6:44 pm

Inbee Park moved back to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings in about as ho-hum fashion as you’ll ever see a player take the top spot.

It isn’t that she doesn’t care about the top ranking. It just wasn’t a priority in her return to golf this year, after missing big portions of the last two years with injuries.

With an Olympic gold medal and seven major championship titles, the LPGA Hall of Famer isn’t done trying to top the scoreboards that matter most to her.

“To be honest, I never really think about being No. 1 again,” Park said early last week, before tying for second at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open. “If it comes to me, great. If not, it doesn't matter.”

It came to her for the fourth time in her career.

Park, 29, reigned at No. 1 for 59 weeks in her longest run on top, back in the 2013 and ’14 seasons.

Oddly, this run to No. 1 almost comes as a surprise to Park, who didn’t need long to get back to the top spot after returning to the tour. She won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup last month in her second after missing seven months with a back injury.

Park last lost the No. 1 ranking in October of 2015, doing so to Lydia Ko.

In six starts this year, Park has finished T-3 or better four times. She leads the tour in scoring average (69.13) and is second in greens in regulation (77.5 percent).

Just wait until her putter heats up.

Yeah, Park’s not very satisfied with her putting. She’s one of the greatest putters who ever played the women’s game, but she has been frustrated with the inconsistency of her stroke much of this season. Of course, her standards are high. She ranks second in putts per greens in regulation so far this year.

On Sunday, this is how Park summed up her putting in 2018: “Some days, I’ve been really good. Some days, I’ve been really bad.”

Park has led the LPGA in putts per GIR in five of the last 10 years. She switched from her preferred mallet-style putter to a blade earlier this season and won with a Toulon Madison blade at the Founders Cup last month. She was back with an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball mallet this past week. That’s the putter she used to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. She used an Odyssey Sabertooth winged mallet in her 2013 run of three consecutive major championship victories.