1. Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning Win Champions for Charity Match — Golf Channel
2. European Restart — Four August Events at Resorts in England, Wales — Golf Digest
3. Homeland Security Ruling Allows Foreign Pro Golfers to Enter U.S. — Golfweek
4. Chip Shots: Greg Norman’s Colorado estate for sale at $40 million; First-ever TV analyst work by Justin Thomas earns raves; Steph Curry was best guess for top alternate to Brady or Manning; Amazing birdie for Tom Brady with wedge shot; Rory McIlroy says players are nixing Ryder Cup without fans.
1. Woods, Manning Win Fundraising TV Event Over Mickelson, Brady: Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning hung on to defeat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady, 1 up, to win The Match: Champions for Charity. They won three of the first six holes, including a lengthy birdie make from Manning on No. 4, to build an early advantage. Mickelson and Brady both struggled to get on track early, and the pair failed to win a hole on the front nine and faced a 3-down deficit. The switch to modified alternate shot seemed to help, as Mickelson and Brady clawed back to trim the deficit to 1 down with three holes to go. But they could get no closer, giving Woods a little bit of revenge after Mickelson bested him in a $9 million match in 2018. Brady shocked the entire group when he holed a wedge shot from the fairway on the par-5 seventh hole for an improbable birdie, although the hole was ultimately halved. Read More . . .
2. Euro Tour to Restart With Four Events in August at UK Golf Resorts: As preparations continue for the return of the PGA Tour next month in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, things have been quiet on the other side of the Atlantic. So far, 21 European Tour events have been postponed or canceled. Still, things are happening behind the scenes. According to two sources with knowledge of the situation, the tour is preparing to begin its restart with a month-long United Kingdom-based “bubble” that includes the British Masters at Close House and continues with three more €1 million events at Forest of Arden, Hanbury Manor, and Celtic Manor (all three of which have large hotels on-site to house players). The plan is expected to be announced in the coming days, according to the sources. Read More . . .
3. Department of Homeland Security Allowing Foreign Pro Golfers To Enter U.S.: The United States eased the pathway for international golfers to return to the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf on Friday signed an order that permits certain foreign professional athletes who compete in sporting events, along with their essential staff and dependents, to enter the U.S. The international athletes will be exempt from entry restrictions that were established for non-U.S. residents as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Homeland Security’s announcement included both the PGA Tour and LPGA among the eight sports league whose athletes were eligible for the exemption. Read More . . .
4. Chip Shots: Asking price is $40 million for Greg Norman’s Colorado ranch; In his TV analyst debut, Justin Thomas earns high praise; Pundits speculate Steph Curry was a top alternate to Brady, Manning; Hole-out wedge by Tom Brady notches birdie, earns extra $100,000 for charity; Rory McIlroy says players will likely say no-goto Ryder Cup without fans.
David Gould is a journalist, editor and author with 30 years’ experience in categories such as golf, travel, luxury goods and corporate communications. Gould is a contract employee of NBC Sports/GOLF Channel, providing communications support for several business units there. He is also Editorial Advisor and an outside director of OpenRounds, Inc., a vendor to private golf clubs. He has served as Executive Editor of Travel + Leisure Golfmagazine and Chief Editor of LINKS Magazine. Gould has contributed 100-plus articles to leading sports publications on golf-related topics. He is the author of “Q School Confidential” (St. Martins Press, 1999) a history of PGA Tour qualifying, “The Golfers Code (Triumph Books, 2004) and “Real Golf: 120 Tips for Better Golf and Lower Scores” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002). Read David Gould's Reports — More Here.
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