|Friday Mar 10, 2023|
There is no doubt that the par-3 17th island green at TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course makes for compelling viewing during the Players Championship. With each tee shot some form of the question "Will it stay dry?" is uttered, or at least thought. And it's why statistics of how many golf balls find the water are kept. In Thursday's suspended opening round, the number was 18. That is tied for eighth most in an opening round since 2003 — and the round is not over yet. The first-round average is 17.05 and the most in an opening round is 50 (2007).
IN THIS ISSUE
> The Players Championship isn't the only big-money game in town | Read
> Should the Players Championship be a major? | Read
> The latest industry news | Read
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Should the Players Championship, which this week will feature 43 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking (as of Friday's field release), be considered in the same discussion as the four majors — if no, why not?
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Friday skins games at the 15-hole course just down the road from the TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course are no less pressure packed than at this week's Players Championship
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> Strokes gained with 'Godfather of Golf Analytics'
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> RBC Heritage adapts and evolves as core values of tournament, course hold true
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> Valspar Championship grows into must-see event on Tampa Bay sporting calendar
[Tom Layberger | Forbes | Read]
"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do."
The First Call readers vary on the topic. Some believe strength of field makes it major worthy, while others cite the championship's lack of tradition and absence of LIV players as dissenting reasons
PGA Tour: Players Championship
Site: TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Television [ET]: Today, noon to 6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (NBC).
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DP World Tour: Kenya Open
Site: Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, Kenya.
Television [ET]: Today, 4-6 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 4:30-9 a.m. (Golf Channel).
An early outlook at the 2023 golf market
Co-hosts Jon Last and David Klein look at how this season could defy macro market level trends
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GOLF INNERVIEW WITH ANN LIGUORI
Honda Classic's Ken Kennerly talks the future of the PGA Tour event
Tournament's executive director emeritus joins host Ann Liguori to talk about the PGA Tour stop's past, present and future
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THE MODGOLF PODCAST
Perseverance, pivoting and the ability to adapt
Ryan Engle, founder and CEO of Golf+, joins host Colin Weston to share how his love for writing code and playing golf led to the creation of his company's VR gaming platform
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11-12: New Jersey Golf and Travel Show, Edison, N.J. | Info
18-19: Niagara Golf Show and Sale, Niagara Falls, Ontario | Info
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