Forget Tiger and Phil. There’s more at stake in this match between golfers vying for California governorship | That’s the loop

But for those whose policies are influenced by politicians’ golf bias – hopefully none of you – there’s another high-stakes match between two golfers in November.

This shows John Cox versus Gavin Newsom, with the winner taking over the governorship of California. Both are golf enthusiasts.

He has a handicap index of 9.8, although his game has suffered since he took office as governor. But since he finished second behind Newsom in the open primary in California in June (the two best voters, regardless of party affiliation, make it to the general election), he has impressively managed to play one round a month (see his handicap- Index card below). ).

On the benevolent side, Cox has chaired the USO San Diego Golf Classic on two occasions, most recently in November 2017, which supports the USO San Diego and military families in the area. He is also on the USO Board of Directors.

Newsom, on the other hand, has neither a handicap index nor a club membership that is known to us. But he’s an athlete who played college baseball in Santa Clara. We only know the following about the quality of his golf game:

“I don’t like to play, I love to play. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy being out there trying not to ruin the course,” he once told the San Francisco Chronicle golf writer Ron Kroichick.

Newsom, currently California Lieutenant Governor, earns props for his support for the game of golf in the Bay Area during his tenure as Mayor of San Francisco.

He was a strong advocate of bringing the PGA Tour to Harding Park (now TPC Harding Park), the home of the 2005 WGC American Express Championship, the 2009 Presidents Cup, and the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play, and the planned location of the PGA Championship 2020.

In addition, at the behest of Sandy Tatum, a former USGA president who was the driving force behind the Harding Park restoration, Newsom wrote a letter to the USGA in 2004 asking for the 2009 US Women’s Open to be hosted there. The USGA instead awarded it to Saucon Valley in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Of course, your love of golf does not promise anything to solve California’s many problems. His problems make this game more important than Woods vs. Mickelson. There is more at stake, the future of California.

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