Marcus Hayes: Mesmerized by golf, NASCAR, and the return to real sports
PHILADELPHIA — I don’t usually watch sports on TV. Never have, but then I’ve never really had to. I got all I needed live and in person.But after nine weeks of lockdown, I was readier than I ever thought I could be. Last week I watched most of UFC 249, a few dozen innings of South Korean baseball, and even a little cornhole — all, to my mind, equally minor league endeavors.They only whet my appetite. Michael Jordan and “The Last Dance” sparked nostalgia for five Sunday nights, but I was ravenous for live competition.By the time the Bundesliga kicked off Saturday, I was an expert on soccer made...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Professional golf is back. Here's what you should know about Sunday's skins game, Tiger Woods' return and new PGA Tour safety guidelines.
CHICAGO — Kevin Streelman has been doing the stay-at-home dad thing, such as comforting daughter Sophia as she watched little brother Rhett get a buzz cut.It will grow back, he promised.Also making a comeback: Streelman’s vocation and passion — professional golf.The three-time PGA Tour winner is playing this week in the Scottsdale Open, a Tuesday-Thursday minitour event near his Arizona home.“I’m itching to play,” Streelman said Monday by telephone. “I miss the competition.”His buddy Brian Urlacher is with him to caddie. The Bears Hall of Famer texted: “I’m not sure how I can lend anything pos...
The golfing yogi: The man who says Michael Jordan lost $1.2 million to him
The Hocking Hills region of southeast Ohio marks a dramatic change to the state’s flat farmlands, with the Allegheny Plateau creating a sandstone topography of cliffs, gorges, caves, waterfalls, meandering creeks and endless swaths of trees.This is where Richard Esquinas used the windfall from various business ventures — selling the lease to the San Diego Sports Arena, making six-figure bets on the golf course with Michael Jordan — to build an Aspen-style “cabin” in the middle of nowhere. Where he moved his family in the months after self-publishing a 1993 book detailing his gambling exploits ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
How the PGA Tour plans to hold the Colonial safely amid coronavirus pandemic
FORT WORTH, Texas — The PGA Tour unveiled a detailed, 37-page health and safety plan outlining the protocols and measures that will be taken at next month’s Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club.The idea is to create a “bubble” for players and others associated with the event by isolating them from the general public as much as possible, and encouraging social distancing measures on and off the course. The PGA Tour has already said fans would not be able to attend the tournament, which is scheduled for the week of June 8 with tournament rounds June 11-14.“While we believe we have c...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
It's official: No fans at Rocket Mortgage Classic as PGA Tour sets out plans for restart
It’s official – there will be no fans this summer at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.Last month, when the PGA Tour announced its revised schedule in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the second-year event was pushed from its original slot on the schedule at the end of May to July 2-5 and there was a slight glimmer of hope at least a limited number of fans would be allowed on site at the Detroit Golf Club.However, on Wednesday during a media presentation designed to lay out its return to competition, Tour officials confirmed the Rocket Mortgage Classic will played with only essential personnel al...
The Detroit News
No live sports on TV since pandemic started, but we're still paying billions for them
Sports competitions have ceased in nearly every corner of the globe. But you’re still paying for them through your television cable bill.A website devoted to “cord-cutting,” killthecablebill.com, offered a reminder Tuesday that cable subscribers have spent some $3.5 billion on sports channels in the past two months and haven’t seen much of the biggest attraction those channels offer: live games.The NBA, NHL, college basketball, baseball’s spring training and events in soccer, golf, tennis, auto racing and other sports were shut down by March 12 because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.Part...
The Kansas City Star
Marcus Hayes: I played golf. It was scary. Also, awesome.
PHILADELPHIA — Playing golf isn’t essential. Often, it isn’t even fun.But it’s one of the few things we’re allowed to do during the lockdown, and, as a journalist, it’s my responsibility to enlighten the reader to the dangers and hazards of the world we share. So on Monday, purely in the interest of the greater good, I played golf.After seven weeks of sheltering in place, I had a 10:12 a.m. tee time at Talamore Country Club, and it delivered a magnificent mix of sensations, mostly olfactory: the cut grass, the magnolia trees, the dung in the newly laid mulch. Smelled like freedom.I risked hypo...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Used to nomadic life, pro golfers are settling into staying put
MINNEAPOLIS — Pro golfer Troy Merritt’s brother teaches at Spring Lake Park’s Westwood middle school. Merritt’s parents were teachers, as were his aunts and uncles. His cousins are, too.“We have a lot of teachers in our family,” he said.Now he is one as well, by necessity, as schools nationwide have been closed by the coronavirus pandemic. Merritt and his wife, Courtney, find themselves home schooling their sons Scout, a second-grader, and Dodge, who’s in kindergarten, in Boise, Idaho.“I don’t have the patience to be a teacher,” Merritt said, “but I can go ahead and help my kids out at home fo...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Family travel five: On this trip, you want to stay out of the sand
When the time is right, make golf the center of your family vacation. The game provides youngsters the chance to develop skills in a sport that can be played for a lifetime.Here are five places where your crew can tee it up together.1. Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lanai City, HawaiiIt’s a lush island of contrast, where sea-faring activities and land adventures compete for your attention. Play a round of sunset golf on the stunning, oceanside Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course, where the views will take your breath away. They don’t get much better than this coastal feast for the senses, s...
Teddy Greenstein: Every border state is allowing golf, so why not Illinois?
Illinois golfers can get their fix by going east to Indiana, west to Iowa or Missouri or, starting Friday, north to Wisconsin.They’re crossing borders to take part in what they see as a healthy and reasonably athletic activity, like Ren McCormack once did. Don’t remember Ren? He’s the fictional Chicago teenager who couldn’t dance in Utah, so he protested. They made a movie about it. “Footloose.”Illinois residents want the freedom to use their foot wedge.But with the state having shut down golf as a nonessential activity, residents are flocking to courses such as Palmira Golf and Country Club i...