Dec 02, 2015 | 10:36 am

Southern Charm

In the second year of its permanent slot in late May-early June, the 74th U.S. Women's Open is coming to the Country Club of Charleston in 2019. "This is a world-class facility," said USGA president Tom O'Toole at a press conference at the club. "We must continue to elevate the Women's Open by continuing to select clubs like the Country Club of Charleston to host the most coveted title in women's golf." The permanent spot on the LPGA schedule allows more Southern clubs like the CC of Charleston to host the tournament. The Seth Raynor-designed course is in peak condition then and unlike a lot of USGA venues, O'Toole and the club don't anticpate tweaking the course in any way for the tournament. "You could go out there and play the championship tomorrow," O'Toole said. "You don't touch the Mona Lisa." The success of the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur, which O'Toole said was "one of the best Women's Amateur ever conducted," paved the way for Tuesday's announcement.

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Dec 01, 2015 | 09:19 am

Madame President

The USGA has nominated Diana Murphy as its President for 2016-17. Murphy, a 59-year-old equity firm manager and the wife of Reg Murphy who served as USGA President in 1994-95, is the second woman to take the reins at the USGA, following Judy Bell who held the office two decades ago. Murphy's appointment means that two of the game's most powerful organizations are in line to come under the leadership of women, with PGA of America Secretary Suzy Whaley expected to become that association's first female President in 2018.

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Nov 30, 2015 | 06:32 am

Fast Talk

Martin Slumbers, the R&A’s chief executive since October, thinks Tour pros who play slowly should be “named and shamed.” According to The Scotsman, Slumbers, who was speaking at a pace-of-play symposium in St. Andrews, backed up his desire to identify slowpokes by noting that in the history of the European Tour, 24 players, including Seve Ballesteros, were hit with penalty strokes for dragging their feet. Slumbers also revealed that during last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth was “put on the clock” by referee Kevin Feeney, who reported, “When he was on the clock, Jordan went birdie-birdie-birdie and he came over and thanked me after, saying it was essentially the kick he was needing.” Other golf officials and executives compared slow play to “cheating” and said players who take too much time are “selfish.”

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Nov 27, 2015 | 06:04 am

The Nick Of Time

Like many top golfers, Nick Faldo has become a course architect, and—no surprise—one who isn’t afraid to voice his opinions. At Laguna Lang Co Golf Club in Vietnam, one of Faldo’s newer designs, he suggested that resort courses think outside of the box to help grow the game, specifically by creating 12-hole layouts. “We have to break down the mentality and design courses, especially around hotels, that enable people to get out for two or three hours,” he said at last week’s Laguna Golf Classic. “Obviously, full courses with length are necessary for tournament golf, but there has to be a change of thinking for people who want to go and have some fun.” Faldo’s comments echo those of fellow player-turned-designer Greg Norman, who has said golf needs to “develop different concepts,” as well as others who have proposed everything from bigger holes to “family tees” and shorter loops—three, six, and nine holes—to give novices and those with limited amounts of time a real golf experience that better fits their schedules and wallets.

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