1. Adam Scott Wins Australian PGA — Golf Channel
2. Woodland Is 2020’s Top “Player to Watch” — PGA Tour
3. Hank Haney Sues PGA Tour Over Firing — New York Post
4. Chip Shots: Tom Kite honored; Lexi Thompson tops LPGA field; Tour pro Gainey arrested; Spieth’s foundation inspired by sister; Q School comeback story; Sandelin wins in Africa
1. Adam Scott Breaks Drought With Australian PGA Win: Adam Scott sealed his first tournament win in almost four years Sunday when he shot 3-under 69 to win the Australian PGA Championship by two shots. Scott’s win gave him the 30th title of his professional career and his second Australian PGA crown after his win at Royal Pines in 2013. He was edged into second place by compatriot Greg Chalmers in a thrilling seven-hole playoff on the same course in 2014. Scott’s last tournament win came three years, nine months, and 16 days ago at the WCG Cadillac Classic in Miami where he beat Bubba Watson by a shot. His win in front of a home crowd— he has a house close by — completed a solid year and lifted him from 18th to 13th on world rankings. Read More ...
2. Experts Predict a Standout Season for Gary Woodland: This will be the season Woodland finally becomes a serious threat for the FedEx Cup. He’s made the TOUR Championship seven times before, but last season’s 15th place is his best result. The breakout win in the U.S. Open last season is the catalyst to greater things. That and his relationship with Amy Bockerstette, which has helped his mental fortitude. The U.S. Open triumph caused a small hangover last season, but with that behind him, Woodland will go from strength to strength. The fall series already procured two top-5s and a well-deserved captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup. Read More ...
3. PGA Tour Had Me Fired Over Tiger Woods Vendetta, Says Hank Haney: Longtime golf instructor Hank Haney has sued the PGA Tour, alleging the organization “improperly intimidated, enticed, and threatened SiriusXM Radio” in order to have the radio host fired because of his shaky history with Tiger Woods. Haney, 64, was suspended from his SiriusXM radio show earlier in the year after making disparaging comments about Korean LPGA Tour players as well as women’s golf in general. Read More ...
4. Chip Shots: Hall of Famer Tom Kite will receive the Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf at an awards dinner this coming April, hosted by the caddie scholarship foundation named for Ouimet . . . Lexi Thompson and sisters Jessica and Nelly Korda lead the field for the LPGA Tour’s kickoff event, the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, Jan. 16-19 at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando . . . Pro tour player Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey was arrested earlier this month in Florida for alleged involvement in a prostitution and human-trafficking sting . . . Jordan Spieth told Golf Digest “it was inevitable” that he establish the Jordan Spieth Foundation to benefit special-needs children, given his childhood exposure to the challenges faced by his sister who was born with a neurological disorder . . . The consensus feel-good story of this year’s Q School was qualifier Vince India, who had blown a chance four months earlier to reach the PGA Tour when he double-bogeyed a hole he needed to par.... The popular Swedish tour pro and Ryder Cup veteran Jarmo Sandelin won his first title on the European Senior Tour at the MCB Tour Championship Mauritius.
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