The Greenbrier announced Tuesday that it will host the Faldo Series Grand Final in October. The Faldo Series hosts more than 7,000 young players (ages 12 to 21) at 40 tournaments in 31 countries throughout Europe, Asia and South America. Among players who have come through his program are Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng, both formerly No. 1 in the world on the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour.
"The Faldo Series is an incredibly impressive effort," Greenbrier owner Jim Justice said.
The Greenbrier also is creating the "Faldo Golf Center," which will feature instruction based on the six-time major champion's teaching theory called "A Swing for Life."
Faldo also will start taking students next year at the Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Ariz., his first residential academy for golf and education in America.
DRIVE FOR SHOW: Michael Bembenick received a lot of attention for the 103 he posted in the second round of a Web.com Tour event. Voted the top assistant pro in Indiana last year, he was awarded a spot through the PGA section and had been working too much in the shop in Indianapolis to properly prepare for a tournament.
That wasn't the worst score in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.
In the last PGA Tour Latin America event before October, organizers gave a spot to Maurice Allen for the Dominican Republic Open that ended June 1. Allen is a long drive specialist, whose swing speed has been recorded at 161 mph.
He opened with 100, and then returned the next day and shot 115.
Allen missed the cut by 67 shots. Over 36 holes, he made one birdie and six pars. His scorecard featured two 10s, an 11 and a 13.
DIVOTS: When he won the Travelers Championship for his first PGA Tour title, Ken Duke pledged $25,000 at the awards ceremony to support the tournament's charities. He then went to the media center for interviews, signed flags and then finally got to his car where he wrote a check before leaving. ... Jason Day is the only player in the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings who has not won this year. ... The PGA of America has established a New York office which will be led by Kevin Ring, the chief marketing officer. The PGA was founded in 1916 in New York. ... With five top 10s this year, Graham DeLaet has gone from No. 177 to No. 66 in the world ranking, and is up to No. 14 in the Presidents Cup standings.