News from the Tour...
It's mid-holiday season, and the golf world is slow. Topping the headlines is Tiger Woods who announced on Twitter that he is no longer working with instructor Chris Como. As of now, Tiger will be his own swing coach as he preps to make his next start at Riviera in February.
The PGA Tour announced the cancellation of the 2018 Puerto Rico Open due to damages sustained during Hurricane Maria. Instead of hosting the annual event, the PGA Tour will host a fundraiser event at TPC Dorado Beach. The event will include players and celebrities with its proceeds benefiting relief efforts.
The Puerto Rico event plays opposite of the WGC Mexico Championships. It gives younger and lower ranked golfers an opportunity to earn FedEx Cup points and potentially a win in a field without the golf's top players.
Ernie Els announced that he received an invitation to next year's Masters. This signaled a flurry of news stories about the legend receiving a "Special Exemption." Unfortunately, it was just an invitation to attend the event, not play, which Els clarified later. To qualify, Els will have to win a PGA Tour tournament this year or work his way up inside the top 50 of the world rankings before the Houston Open.
Jordan Spieth got engaged to his longtime girlfriend.
A PGA Tour podcast
Last week, Kyle Nathan and I interviewed the father of the strokes gained statistics Mark Broadie on the podcast. We talked about how the strokes gained statistics work, the world rankings, which players he expects to breakout in 2018 and much more. Listen to the podcast on the website, iTunes or Stitcher.
A walk into the past
University of Dayton golfer Phillip Johnson broke down his experience playing San Francisco Golf Club on our website.
Some Chicago Golf content
With the U.S. Senior Women's Open at Chicago Golf Club, the USGA has put together a few pieces of content about the otherwise ultra-private club. Brian Moore wrote an excellent architectural history of the course, and there is also a photo tour on the USGA website.
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Note: There was an error in last Monday's newsletter stating that Brandt Snedeker withdrew from last week's Thailand Masters due to a rib injury. This was incorrect; he withdrew with heat exhaustion. Apologies for the #fakenews