Morn­ing Brief­ing

COM­PANY AL­LEGEDLY SOLD FIELD­TURF AF­TER LEARN­ING OF DE­FECTS

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woodbridge, n.j.» The coun­try’s lead­ing maker of ar­ti­fi­cial sports turf sold more than 1,000 fields to towns, schools and teams na­tion­wide af­ter its ex­ec­u­tives knew the prod­uct was fall­ing apart faster than ex­pected and might not live up to lofty mar­ket­ing claims, ac­cord­ing to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by a news or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Mon­treal-based Field­Turf said that the turf it be­gan sell­ing in 2005 was rev­o­lu­tion­ary for its “un­matched dura­bil­ity” and that it would last a decade or more. But records ob­tained by NJ Ad­vance Media show that as early as 2006, key Field­Turf ex­ec­u­tives be­came aware the turf, known as Duraspine, was crack­ing, split­ting and break­ing apart long be­fore it should, and long be­fore the public had been promised.

Field­Turf — a di­vi­sion of pub­licly traded French floor­ing maker Tar­kett — said it never mis­led or de­frauded cus­tomers and called such claims “com­pletely false.” The com­pany stressed that the prob­lem does not com­pro­mise player safety.

Most of the fields, which fetched $300,000 to $500,000 or more, were paid for with tax dol­lars. Field­Turf sold 1,428 of those fields in the U.S. to buy­ers from small towns to NFL teams for an es­ti­mated $570 mil­lion from 2005 un­til the prod­uct was dis­con­tin­ued in 2012.

Mat­suyama wins World Chal­lenge

nas­sau, ba­hamas» Hideki Mat­suyama was only 5 when he first saw Tiger Woods, watch­ing on video­tape the 1997 Mas­ters vic­tory. Even sweeter was stand­ing next to Woods in his red shirt to re­ceive yet an­other tro­phy.

Right now, the Ja­panese star can’t seem to lose.

The re­turn of Tiger Woods ended with Mat­suyama win­ning his third straight tour­na­ment, and fourth out of his last five, in the Hero World Chal­lenge.

Mat­suyama had a few ner­vous mo­ments on the back nine at Al­bany when his seven-shot lead at the start of the fi­nal round was re­duced to two shots over Bri­tish Open cham­pion Hen­rik Sten­son with two to play.

Mat­suyama closed with two pars for a 1-over-par 73 and a two-shot vic­tory at 18-un­der 270.

Woods found plenty of pos­i­tives from his first tour­na­ment in more than 15 months, though the fi­nal round fea­tured three dou­ble bo­geys and a 76 — the high­est score of the tour­na­ment — that dropped him to 15th place out of 17 play­ers.

• Harold Varner III won the Aus­tralian PGA Cham­pi­onship, clos­ing with a 7-un­der 65 to fin­ish at 19-un­der 269.

• South Africa’s Bran­don Stone ran away to win the Al­fred Dun­hill Cham­pi­onship by seven shots for his se­cond Euro­pean Tour ti­tle.

Stone closed with a 5-un­der 67 to fin­ish at 22-un­der 266.

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