B schedule may not become typical anytime
soon, the tour is exploring the possibility of
alternate scheduling more often in the future.
The Shanghai Masters, with the richest first
prize in golf last year, is joining the European
Tour calendar for 2012.
USGA CMO Barry Hyde, who established
and sold the association’s first corporate spon-sorship program, is leaving to take a post in
Wasserman Media Group’s golf division. A former PGA Tour and MasterCard executive, Hyde
will join Wasserman on May 7 as Executive VP.
Genworth Financial announced the signing
of a new four-year deal with the European Tour
which sees the specialist global insurer renew
its role as official sponsor of the European Tour
The International Federation of PGA Tours
announced today that the 2012 World Golf
Championships-HSBC Champions will be played
the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4 at Mission Hills
Guangdong, China, on the Olazabal Course.
Spectators will be able to use mobile phones
at the 2012 Open Championship after the
game’s governing body lifted its six-year ban on
Javier Ballesteros, the 21-year-old son of
the late Seve Ballesteros, made early headlines
at last week’s Alps Tour Barcelona Open, posting
a first-round 65 that left him just three shots out
of the lead. A law student, he followed with 73-
68 to share 12th place. It was his debut at a pro
event and was played on the same course, Sant
Cugat, where his father took his first steps on
the road to golfing immortality 38 years earlier.
Augusta National doesn’t yet have a female
among its membership. But if the folks there
considered having a Ladies Masters tournament, several LPGA players believe it would be
a popular event.
A man in Canada has achieved something
many professional golfers could only dream of
after sinking two aces in three days. l