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Faldo departs broadcasting

Golf Commentary

Last week’s television coverage of the Wyn dham Championship on CBS marked the last broadcast for golf commentator Nick Faldo.

Near the tournament’s end, the six-time major champion was joined in the booth by broadcast partners Jim Nantz, Ian Baker-Finch and Frank Nobilo.

Each expressed their heart-felt best wishes.

When it was finally Faldo’s turn to share his thoughts, the 16-year television veteran was overcome with emotion and almost unable to speak.

After taking quite a while to compose himself, Faldo was finally able to convey his appreciation to everyone at CBS.

Some viewers may not have appreciated Faldo’s on-air sense of humor over the years, but I really enjoyed the many competitive insights he shared during his time at CBS.

Faldo had some strong opinions on a number of topics, and he didn’t mind sharing them with the audience.

I’ll miss his commentary.

PGA vs. LIV

It’s a lot more enjoyable to talk about golf than litigation and lawsuits, but the PGA Tour did score a major courtroom victory in its battle against LIV Golf this past Tuesday.

To the PGA Tour’s dismay, three LIV golfers — Taylor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford, who recently left the PGA Tour — sued the tour in early August, asking for a temporary restraining order to gain entry into this week’s FedEx Cup playoff tournament.

The trio claimed they were being “irreparably harmed” financially by not being allowed to compete, a particularly odd assertion considering their recent, lucrative defection to the LIV Golf Tour.

After a brief hearing of the evidence, Judge Beth Labson Freeman quickly denied their suit in a California courtroom, commenting that the PGA Tour had made it perfectly clear that any player who defected to the rival LIV Tour would face appropriate disciplinary suspensions.

Personally, I find it hard to understand why these or any other LIV golfers would think they should be allowed to play in any PGA Tour event, especially after defiantly signing up with such a direct competitive rival.

In any case, the decision was a major victory for the PGA Tour, though additional lawsuits still loom over additional anti-trust issues. The lawsuits may end up taking years to resolve. Ugh…

Local best balls

Anthony DeGol and Artie Fink Jr. capped off the summer schedule of local best-ball tournaments with a win last weekend in the Summit two-man invitational (Scotch Valley will conduct the final local two-man event in mid-September).

Sunday’s victory extended Fink and DeGol’s winning streak in the Summit tournament to an impressive six years, a record for best-ball tournaments in central Pennsylvania.

The previous mark for consecutive wins in any two-man event was held by the dominant local duo of Bo DelGrosso and Bobby Sweitzer.

DelGrosso and Sweitzer won a total of 13 local best-ball tournaments during their partnership, which included a four-year run in the Iron Masters Classic from 1989 through 1992.

Yesteryear

65 Years Ago: During the second week in August, 1957, Clearfield Country Club head pro Carl Rute established a new course record at his home club.

Playing with two long-time members, Rute shot an opening nine-hole score of 33, followed by an even better 31 on his second nine for a new 18-hole record of 64.

Rute scored two eagles and six birdies en route to his record-breaking round.

Ken Love covers local golf for the Mirror. He can be reached at GLTR777@atlanticbb.net.

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