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  • The 1997 Masters: My Story
    The 1997 Masters: My Story
    by Tiger Woods
  • The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
    The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
    by John Feinstein
  • Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
  • Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    by Jim Moriarty
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    by Dan Jenkins
  • The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    by Richard Gillis
  • The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    by Martin Davis
  • Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    by Kevin Robbins
  • Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Art of Golf Design
    The Art of Golf Design
    by Michael Miller, Geoff Shackelford
  • The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Lines of Charm: Brilliant and Irreverent Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Lines of Charm: Brilliant and Irreverent Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Sports Media Group
  • Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Golden Age of Golf Design
    The Golden Age of Golf Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Sleeping Bear Press
  • The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    by Geoff Shackelford

Today, many are trying to obtain a temporary advantage by buying the latest far-flying ball on the market. It is often suggested that we have already got to the limit of flight of a golf ball. I do not believe it, as there is no limit to science. ALISTER MACKENZIE



ShackHouse 52: Farmers Wrap, Waste Management Preview

Joe House and I review the Farmer Insurance Open, including Jason Day's impressive win over Alex Noren in a Monday sudden-death finish.

You'll be shocked to know we discuss JB Holmes’s slow play and celebrate the return of Tiger Woods while previewing the Waste Management Open and Super Bowl-PGA Tour hybrid prop bets.

The full show, as brought to you by Callaway, makers of the new Rogue woods and irons.

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Dempster On European Tour Course Setup Griping

While Torrey Pines was playing tough, things in Dubai were declared too easy by some who didn't care for the low cut line. But as you read Martin Dempster's Scotsman commentary, it's apparent the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club has been passed by. It's the darned Pilates and Yoga work these guys are doing, again!

Make sure to read the entire piece for context, but a few things stood out like this...

More than 100 players broke par in the first round when Jamie Donaldson led the way with a 62; that cut was six shots lower than last year and China’s Haotong Li recorded the most birdies – 30, which was three more than Tiger Woods made in 2001 – in the event as he also set a new winning aggregate of 23-under-par. That beat efforts from Thomas Bjorn (2001), Stephen Gallacher (2013) and Rory McIlroy (2015) by a shot.

The reason? Nutrition, you'll be shocked to find out, was not cited as a reason.

Length is certainly a factor in the modern game. It was scary at times to see the distance McIlroy, for example, was leaving himself for approaches into tougher holes like the eighth and 12th last week. Even Richie Ramsay, who is not in the same league as either Rory or Dustin Johnson in the big-hitting stakes, has managed to find a bit of extra distance with a new 
driver and is benefitting enormously from that.

This was not enough to prevent Rory McIlroy to be upset with himself for some tactical errors on Sunday, reports Brian Keogh.


Things You Can Do (Sometimes Twice) In 4:10

Nice work by the Morning Drive team of Kevin Schultz, Jonathan Burket and Kevin Ryan to come up with this graphic that I Tweeted early this morning and is making the rounds.

It is rather amazing to think that Kentucky's finest golfer took almost two Kentucky Derbys to hit that all-that-for-that lay-up, as Dottie Pepper noted.



Monahan Moves To Head Seat At Five Families Table

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan--because he doesn't have enough on his plate--moves to the top chair and Mike Whan slides over a seat for the next World Golf Foundation meeting.

For Immediate Release:

PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan Named World Golf Foundation Chairman for 2018

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) – World Golf Foundation (WGF) – the organization uniting the golf industry to support initiatives to grow the game – announces Jay Monahan, PGA TOUR Commissioner, has been named WGF Chairman for 2018 by the Board of Directors. He succeeds LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan.
Monahan was appointed the fourth commissioner of the PGA TOUR on November 7, 2016, officially taking office and succeeding former Commissioner Tim Finchem on January 1, 2017.
“I look forward to continuing to work closely with the members of the World Golf Foundation in our efforts to find new ways to bring this great game to a broader, younger, more diverse audience,” said Monahan. “We are excited about the state of our sport and confident that with continued collaboration, we can ensure its future growth and success.”
Monahan, who joined the PGA TOUR in June 2008 as Executive Director of THE PLAYERS Championship, had served as Deputy Commissioner since April 1, 2014; he assumed the additional title of Chief Operating Officer in early 2016, working directly with Commissioner Finchem on the entire scope of the TOUR’s business operations and strategy.
Monahan came to the PGA TOUR from Fenway Sports Group (FSG). He served as FSG’s Executive Vice President, leading the sales and business development team for the property ownership and representation divisions. Additionally, he directed FSG’s sponsorship sales operations for Boston College Athletics, the Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and NASCAR’s Roush Fenway Racing, among others.
“Commissioner Monahan’s leadership will be critical as we address several issues of importance to the game," says Steve Mona, CEO of WGF. “Raising awareness and promoting the game’s health, economic, environmental and charitable benefits are all key priorities and he will be instrumental in leading our efforts in these areas.”
Along with Monahan, other WGF Board members include: Pete Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America; Mike Davis, CEO/Executive Director of the USGA; Will Jones, Executive Director of The Masters Tournament Foundation; Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the PGA European Tour; Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, and Mike Whan, Commissioner of the LPGA.


8,500-Yard Crowd: Remember Torrey, J.B. & What You Ask For

Over the years the common refrain for dealing with distance gains has suggested higher rough and longer courses. Or, just narrowness and rough--anything but tweaking the rules already in place governing ball distance.

In recent months, the 8,500 yard number has been floated as the yardage needed to restore long irons and protect the golf ball from those who want to do it harm. This absurd, acreage-engulfing number apparently stemmed from Erin Hills which apparently resonated with some. Most felt a sense of irrational scale and emptiness post-U.S. Open, realizing the unproductiveness of chasing a larger footprint.

Torrey Pines South is a five-and-half-hour course in benign conditions, but takes the world's best nearly six hours if there is any decent wind, the usual stout rough and speedy greens. The South is just a touch over 7,600 yards with a only few long walks to post 2001 back tees--1 to 2, 9 to 10, 12 to 13, 14 to 15--nothing like many lengthened courses where players can spend up to 20 minutes of their round just walking to added tees.

And while this should not have to be pointed out, it takes longer to play an 8,500 yard course than a 7,500 yard course and definitely more time than touring a 6,500 yard course.

The 2018 Farmers could not be completed Sunday under sunny skies even with an earlier start than Saturday. And while J.B. Holmes is legitimately mocked for his rude final hole pace, do not lose sight of the overall pace issues faced by 77 elite players: longer and narrower is not a healthy solution.


2018 Farmers Ratings Up 38%, Record Number Stay With Playoff

According to CBS Sports, Sunday's final round coverage of the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open earned a 2.9 overnight rating/6 share, up 38% from last year's Jon Rahm win and the highest-rated Sunday for this event in five years.

Saturday’s third round coverage earns highest rating for the Farmers in seven years with 2.3/5, up 53% from last year.

And when coverage shifted to Golf Channel during the Jason Day-Alex Noren playoff, a record audience for the cable network tuned in.

From Golf Channel PR:




Roundup: The Early Tiger Opening Week Reviews Are In

I'll open with my 800 words for Golfweek that includes an assessment from Nick Faldo and my view that the success here sets us up for a new Tiger in many ways, including a Limited Schedule Tiger. And that's just fine. Worked for Hogan.

Rex Hoggard of found Woods’s Sunday round strangely predictable but is overall positive, with some assessment from caddie Joe LaCava as well.

Bob Harig of considered the week a hit with Woods finishing injury free. He also features some thoughts from LaCava.

Tiger Tracker actually files an assessment as well. TT's middle name is not Tont, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Tiger's next start beyond the Genesis Open is not clear.

Round four highlights for Tiger:


Ponte Vedra We Have A Problem: J.B. Holmes Takes 4 Minutes, 10 Seconds To Lay Up When Millions Were Watching

Tim Finchem famously discouraged slow play penalties during his reign as Commissioner. Other than Glen Day in 1995 and an odd slow play stroke penalty at last year's Zurich Classic, the PGA Tour has used a secret fining system to protect player brands and breed a culture of entitlement.

Rarely have things spilled over into as loathsome a display of self-centeredness as J.B. Holmes taking four minutes and 10 seconds to play one shot in the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open final round. He faced a decision of whether to go for the 18th green in two shots or lay-up. Two strokes back and needing eagle to make an eventual playoff, Holmes ultimately chose to lay up and did so terribly.

This nonsense was set against the backdrop of a round already nearing a six-hour pace due to blustery conditions on a firm, fast golf course lined by thick rough. CBS was already running over into their planned Grammy's Red Carpet show, and now facing a decision whether to stay with the golf or go to the Grammy's start at 8 pm ET. To their credit, CBS stayed with the last group completing play, then turned the broadcast over to Golf Channel.

Due to the Grammy's bump, this meant millions were tuning in to watch music's big night and getting a flavor of PGA Tour golf. What they saw was an embarrassment to the sport, a reinforcing of every stereotypical view and a painful product of a Ponte Vedra discouragement of slow play rules enforcement.

There was, however, one positive. Holmes was slammed on social media and some of it is quite entertaining, as this Golfweek roundup shows. Luke Donald excoriated his peer.

While no one wanted to see CBS put in a predicament, television networks have long exhibited ho-hum attitudes about PGA Tour non-enforcement of pace of play. Even known-violators like Holmes, who is inconsistent in his pacing compared to known turtles like Ben Crane or Jason Day, have escaped any significant censure by the PGA Tour thanks to twenty years of enforcement complacency.

To date, new Commissioner Jay Monahan has publicly suggested he does not see slow play as major issue as his counterparts in Europe introduce new rules and even a shot clock tournament. And there certaily are times where an indecisive player on a risk-reward hole makes for dramatic theater. However, when it's a known slow-poke who ultimately doesn't even take the risky shot in hopes of winning, the appearance is dreadful.

Perhaps a Monday phone call to Monahan from CBS Sports head Sean McManus or network honcho Les Moonves will convince the tour it's time to embolden the rules officials to dish out more bad times so that a Holmes-at-Torrey fiasco is never repeated again.


The Grammy's Give And Take: Earlier Farmers Start, But Only Brief Satellite Contact Will Be Lost!

We're set up for a potentially dandy final round of the Farmers Insurance Open: temps in the low 80s, diverse leaderboard of intriguing storylines, Tiger grinding to land that backdoor top 20 and hey, according to listings, TV viewers will only miss 15 minutes instead of the usual 30 minute gap in the Golf Channel-CBS "graphics changeover."

I'll be busy out watching some golf and filing things for Golfweek's online and February issue, but look forward to hearing thoughts on what should be a fun day. Hopefully the flatbellies can break 5 hours today, but with Santa Ana winds kicking in on cue, I suspect not

Your final round tee times, Tiger Tracker and story on Alex Noren taking the 54 hole lead.


Ratings, Streaming Minutes Up For Farmers Opening Rounds

From Golf Channel PR:

And for round two:

**Third round added, continued the trend:



Farmers Weekend Primer: Rahm, Palmer, Phil & Tiger

With Tiger and Phil each making the weekend for the first time in a while and some fun emerging stars in the lead, we should be in for a grand weekend at Torrey Pines. Throw in sunny skies, possible record warmth Sunday and expected huge crowds, and the energy should be lively.

CBS makes its 2018 debut with some injections of energy and technology, but still that mystery 30 minute break (at least) from Golf Channel coverage. A tradition too much like every other year!

Jon Rahm is one back of Ryan Palmer and has a shot at the world No. 1 ranking with a win, though it's not on his mind, Ryan Lavner reports.

If you're wondering about that ranking math, Brian Wacker filed this Golf World explanation a few days ago.

Jeff Sanders and Kirk Kenney on Phil Mickelson's strong play here, a nice switch from Lefty's Torrey Pines struggles of late.

Jason Crook reports on a Mickelson tee shot plunking a fan and signing the glove "Next time, duck." Clever.

Alan Shipnuck makes the observation that Tiger may not be as stressed about his game as others seem to be.

Eamon Lynch of Golfweek on Tiger showing some fight to make the cut and reason for optimism heading into the weekend.

I was out at the 8th green when Tiger had his one chipping miscue and he definitely hit a very strange spot on what is a new green. Otherwise, as Lavner notes for, his short game has been pretty strong, getting up and down 7 of 9 times Friday.

Golfweek's Tiger Tracker will keep you up to date.

Your weekend TV times.


Some Golf Instagram Gems, Tiger At Torrey 1-26-18 Edition

A glorious Miralle of Tiger at Torrey.

A fish eye view of Woods teeing off the first.

Some San Diego Open history with Joe Louis.

Paul Dunne faced the ultimate plugged-in-the-face lie.

And Little Linksters awards for great swings might inspire better swing action.

Tiger, from a fish’s-eye view.

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