Associations and Tours

Volvo cuts back European Tour sponsorships

Volvo’s decision to withdraw sponsorship from two European Tour events comes as no surprise, renewing only the Volvo China Open through 2019 and dropping the World Match Play and Golf Champions events.

Hall of Fame's 2015 induction heads to St. Andrews

World Golf Hall of Fame officials announced that the 2015 induction ceremonies will be held at St. Andrews during British Open week – and at Pebble Beach in 2019.

IAGA's Fox: Tenure includes 'giving back'

IAGA president Jay N. Fox discussed the current health of the game of golf as well as some future challenges and opportunities, including working on goals common to state associations and the USGA.

New PGA Tour event opposite British Open

The PGA Tour will again host a tournament while the game's best are playing the British Open in 2015 -- with Opelika, Ala., set to be the host city, reports say.

LPGA to open 2015 season in Florida

The LPGA will open its 2015 season at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, according to a letter posted on the Ocala, Fla., club’s website and an email sent to players.

LPGA to revive Portland Classic name

The LPGA's former Safeway Classic will return to the Portland Classic name with a new sponsor this year in Cambria Health Solutions.

Dawson leaves R&A poised for future

Peter Dawson, a native of Scotland, has presided over radical change in golf's governance on his side of the Atlantic -- his legacy sure to be a Royal & Ancient vote this fall to allow women into the club for the first time.

Whan: LPGA's major won't leave Dinah Shore

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said the tour will return to Mission Hills in 2015. There will be another leap into Poppie’s Pond.

Sanderson Farms Championship plans move

The PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship, which moved its date to October when its title sponsor renewed last fall, is planning to change locations as well to Country Club of Jackson.

Analytics show putting's importance overstated

New analytics indicate that for the pros, putting's importance on the PGA Tour has been overstated.

Second coming of ShotLink: Advanced analytics

The PGA Tour wants to use advanced analytics to take golf stats to the next level -- with statisticians such as Louis Riccio of Columbia able to work with the Tour's Ken Lovell in mirroring baseball's sabermetrics.

Trump buys Irish golf course Doonbeg

Donald Trump's golf portfolio is bigger and more prestigious, with today's purchase of the much-acclaimed, if financially beleaguered, Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare, Ireland.

Deal extends Sony Open sponsorship on Tour

Extending a sponsorship agreement that began in 1999 and is one of the PGA Tour's longest running, the deal takes effect after the 2014 Sony Open to be held Jan. 9-12 at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

Senate bill targets tax-exempt status of pro golf

Congress is considering a bill that would strip the tax-exempt status of sports leagues, potentially affecting how the PGA Tour and LPGA do business.

Pro Links' 11th-hour deal saved Tampa Tour stop

Pro Links Sports orchestrated an 11th-hour deal that paired sponsor Valspar Corp. with PGA Tour's Tampa event, keeping the tournament at Innisbrook Resort on the schedule.

Northwestern Mutual bolsters role with Tiger's event

Elevating its role in Tiger Woods' tournament, Northwestern Mutual announced it will serve as title sponsor of this year's event in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, scheduled for Dec. 5-8, offers a $1 million payout to the champion.

Attendance goals not met at Muirfield; down vs. '02

The R&A fell short of its attendance goals at the Open Championship at Muirfield, with 142,036 fans taking in the action over the week. Its initial goal was 160,000, with hopes of 170,000.

Martin to get cart at USGA events, awaits apology

Casey Martin's latest dispute over the use of a cart has resulted in the USGA promising him one at any of its events. But he's still awaiting a public apology from the association.

Lawyer: No plans to sue over anchoring ban – yet

The Boston lawyer representing nine PGA Tour players who anchor said none of his clients has yet expressed an intent to sue the Tour for deciding to abide by the anchoring ban.

U.S. rounds played drop 23 percent in March

Poor weather conditions in regions stretching from America's Heartland to the Mid-Atlantic contributed to rounds played in the U.S. falling 23 percent in March, according to an industry report.