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Following the decline of a number of US sporting goods chains, Bob Williams talks to Dick Sullivan, president and chief executive of the PGA Tour Superstore, which has expanded from 10 stores in 2010 to 41 locations in 16 states, about what is behind the success of the chain.

The complexity and expense of gathering enhanced betting data at golf tournaments has to date limited the amount of in-play betting on the sport. IMG Arena’s senior vice-president, commercial, Max Wright, explains how the company’s acquisition of betting rights to both the PGA and European Tours will attempt to change this.

Bob Williams examines the commercial success that has been gained from moving the PGA Championship from August to May.

Tim Crow on how Tiger’s comeback win at Augusta has created yet another aspect for sport’s most multi-faceted personality – and brought Jack Nicklaus back into the picture.

The US Masters has become the go-to case study in marketing excellence. Richard Gillis provides an alternative list of pointers from the golf event.   

The R&A will take the Women’s British Open to Wales for the first time after announcing that Royal Porthcawl will host the major tournament in 2021.

The PGA Tour has confirmed it will reduce the number of competitors who make the weekend cut from the top 70 players and ties to the top 65 and ties. The new policy will take effect in the 2019-20 season.

The PGA Tour has made several changes to its schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season, in part to take into account next summer's Tokyo Olympics

Adare Manor golf course in County Limerick, Ireland, has been confirmed as the host venue of the 2026 Ryder Cup

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In contrast to Richard Gillis, Tim Crow argues that innovation is the lifeblood of golf and that the Tiger Woods v Mickelson showdown will succeed because, like the Ryder Cup, it offers an alternative to sport’s staid formats.

In contrast to Tim Crow, columnist Richard Gillis argues the “sheer obviousness” of Woods v Mickelson in Vegas shows shows the folly of tinkering with golf.

Welcome to the US Digest, rounding up the big news and developments coming out of the world’s biggest sports market

Welcome to the US Digest, rounding up the big news and developments coming out of the world’s biggest sports market Woods-Mickelson showdown set for Thanksgiving weekend Mo

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Sports betting set to be legalised in Hainan | iQiyi adds more golf rights to its portfolio | University football association signs with Adidas

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Sinobo wins Beijing 2022 Olympic village contract; Chinese-owned Aston Villa in trouble after playoff defeat; and reforms make Hainan province golfing destination

In this week's China sports industry round-up: New revelations raise concerns over Chinese ownership of AC Milan; Trump comments extend UCLA 3 saga; and German tour disrupted by Tibet protest

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Chinese golfer hits top spot; Alisports supports university sport; and Pac-12 China Game hits headlines for wrong reasons.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: CCTV signs Fifa rights renewal; New investment guidelines have $300m benchmark; and League of Legends showpiece leaves ticket-less fans disappointed.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Chinese Basketball Association details plans for two senior national teams; AC Milan's takeover saga reaches conclusion; Lander Sports pulls out of Southampton deal; Reading could be denied Premier League entry; and more.

Lucy Basden-Smith, experiential business director at HSE Cake, explains the brand control mentality behind The Masters.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: political dispute with Korea gives World Cup win extra edge; Bundesliga clubs set up offices in China; NBA announces tour dates; Tour de France live events.

Ben Cronin explores how rule changes and format experimentation implemented by golf’s administrators are aiming to make the sport more accessible to the public.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Nike gets ticked off for inaccurate marketing; government officials call out overseas football investments; Asian Tour excited about CGA partnership; and more.