Main golf news from the fairways.
* Chris Nido wins the Canita Tour. Unstoppable Nido in the great final played last weekend in Corales. Interesting competition in which Nido and Rhadamés Peña had one foot inside the Corales Puntacana Championship, and Willy Pumarol and Juan José Guerra were arguing for the remaining place. Guerra came out on top and all three will be in the tournament conducted by the PGA Tour that runs from the 23rd to the 26th of this month.
* Hiram Silfa at the Puerto Rico Open. The event starts today at the Grand Reserve Golf Course and we wish all the luck in the world to Hiram, who tees off on the 10th hole at 1:19 PM along with Carl Pettersson and John Rollins.
* Patriotic sentiment. I was very pleased that Vistas Golf and Country Club placed Dominican flags on its 18 holes on the occasion of the 179th anniversary of our independence. Also the ladies of the amateur chapter of the LPGA played in Puerto Plata a tournament celebrating the Independence. ¡Arriba Republica Dominicana!
* The LIV Golf Series with super low ratings. The CW network will have to work hard to get those numbers up if they want to compete for television preference. A 0.28 rating (about 300,000 viewers x day) is definitely too low.
* Jack Nicklaus: In 2024 the PGA Tour schedule will be better. The Golden Bear announced that two more tournaments will have “elevated status” with purses of US$20MM each (Genesis and Pebble Beach Pro-Am), and that the Phoenix Open will lose that status. According to Nicklaus, the idea is to make the calendar fit better with the players’ schedules, and thus guarantee their presence in those events.
* Prices of some courses in the U.S. skyrocket. Check these green fees: TPC Scottsdale: $525, TPC Sawgrass $840, PGA National $500, Trump Doral Blue $655, Kiawah Ocean $600, and Pinehurst 2 $495.
* I am asked about the travel schedule. This year we have Colombia (May), Morocco, Spain and Portugal (September), and Argentina (November). Interested? Give me a shout and I’ll pass on the details.
* USGA has a new president…and he is black. For the first time ever, and the 67th president is Fred Perpall. With this, the 130-year-old institution achieves a milestone of inclusion in the sport. Good!
* Mixed event coming up. The Grant Thornton Invitational is December 8-10 at Tiburon Golf Club, and will feature 16 men’s and women’s teams. It will be interesting to see this event.