John Daly kicked off the 2017 PGA Tour Champions season with a bang. Daly credited a new driver for a boost in confidence as he found 11 of 14 fairways and averaged more than 318 yards off the tee. The two-time major champion made eight birdies and one bogey for a 7-under 65 at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. He's one stroke off the lead held by Bernhard Langer, Marco Dawson and defending champion Duffy Waldorf. "Just for me to have this much confidence in a driver, it really sets the tone for confidence in the other stuff," Daly told reporters about his new Vertical Grooves driver. "You know, for me out here, if I'm hitting it long and straight, I feel like it's an advantage.
The International Golf Federation was "not aware" that women were not full members of the Kasumigaseki Country Club, the site of Olympic golf for the 2020 Tokyo Games, GOLF.com has learned. A report by The Guardian said that the International Olympic Committee has expressed concern over the issue, and would reach out to the IGF to see if they could influence the club to grant their female members full membership status. The report went on to say that it was unclear whether the IOC or IGF knew about the restrictions, which IGF Vice President Ty Votaw confirmed to GOLF.com Friday. Votaw said that KCC is working on a resolution to the discriminatory policies of the club, which bars its female members from playing on Sundays and some holidays.
Danny Willett has 2½ months to rediscover his game before making a pressure-filled return to Augusta National as the defending Masters champion. Odds are that won't be long enough. Willett finished 2016 in a rut after dealing with fresh levels of attention for being a major winner as well as a mid-season swing change. Following a short off-season when he sacrificed practice to enjoy a break from golf and his first Christmas as a father, his start to 2017 is hardly encouraging. Rounds of 74 and 76 saw Willett become the biggest name to miss the cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Friday. He was 121st in a 126-man field, with his second round marred by a quadruple bogey 9 at the 10th when