THURSDAY  | JUNE 20, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

The 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach is history, and for the record, it was a memorable success.

Gary Woodland showed the stuff of an Open champion. He hit fairways and greens like an Open champ should. He made big putts and executed clutch shots. Brooks Koepka, the game’s top player, chased Woodland to the finish as he tried to win a historic third straight Open. Former Open champ Justin Rose was a threat until midway through the final nine, too.

 


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by Mike Purkey

Brooks Koepka is the baddest man in golf.

Take a moment and let that sink in. Now, let’s examine why. Despite not being a really big dude – 6 feet and 205 pounds – he sure looks large, doesn’t he? Broad shoulders, narrow waist, angled lines in his face – he’s an imposing figure, especially on a television screen. He looks as though he could beat you at golf and then beat you up, steal your girlfriend and peel rubber as he drives off with her in his Ferrari.

Koepka is the new intimidator. Yes, Gary Woodland won the U.S. Open on Sunday, but you’d better believe that Woodland knew where Koepka was at any given moment in the Open’s final round.

 


Fox shines with extended coverage, fails elsewhere
I did appreciate being able to watch the U.S. Open on Fox Sports with the extended hours of coverage, but Fox falls short on its reporting.

There is too much dead air time, too much rambling on and on about some facts from history, too much coverage of Tiger Woods and too little coverage of play-by-play. Fox brings up graphics to show a player and his score, but not every time. If you don't recognize the player shown and Fox doesn’t bring up the graphic, you have no idea who he is or where he fits into the scoring. Even if you do recognize the player, if there is no graphic to show where he stands, you don't have a grasp on where he stands in the tournament.

 


A MESSAGE FROM GOLFBREAKS

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Announced: By the PGA Tour, Korn Ferry as the sponsor of the developmental tour formerly known as the Web.com Tour, effective immediately. Korn Ferry is a management consulting company based in Los Angeles. The sponsorship of the Korn Ferry Tour extends through the 2028 season.

 


2-1-2

Results in her past three tournaments for American Lexi Thompson, who enters this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with momentum. After missing the cut at the Pure Silk Championship last month, Thompson tied for second at the U.S. Women’s Open, won the ShopRite LPGA Classic and tied for second at last week’s Meijer LPGA Classic.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: U.S. Open recap
John Hawkins and Jeff Rude cover all of the bases with flair aplenty in reviewing the 119th U.S. Open, won by Gary Woodland in a thriller over Brooks Koepka.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss Gary Woodlands’ victory at the U.S. Open and Brooks Koepka's brush with history. Woodland, Koepka, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods talk about the week at Pebble Beach. Also, Bubka and Randolph preview this week’s Travelers Championship.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Golf Channel and NBC announced the broadcast schedule this week for tournaments on four major professional tours. The networks will televise the LPGA’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship, the Champions Tour’s American Family Insurance Championship and the European Tour’s BMW International Open.

 

The winner of the recent Meijer LPGA Classic played Lamkin Grips products, the manufacturer announced. The grips were custom designed for the winner’s Ping clubs.

 

Sea Pines Country Club on Hilton Head Island, S.C., debuted its summer-preview trial memberships. From June through August, participants can buy a trial membership beginning at $1,150. The club recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion.

 

Ping signed Norway’s Viktor Hovland to an equipment contract, the manufacturer announced. Hovland, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, tied for 12th in the recent U.S. Open. He will make his professional debut today at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship.

 

Troon saluted PGA Tour representative Gary Woodland for his recent victory in the U.S. Open. Woodland is part of the six-person staff of touring pros – with Patrick Cantlay, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Alex Noren and Justin Thomas on the PGA Tour and Cheyenne Woods on the LPGA – who make up Troon’s representatives.

 

Alpine Country Club in Highland, Utah, recently completed a number of course-renovation projects. The work included five new tee boxes, bunker updates, new cart paths and enlarging the practice areas.

 

Trevor Lampson shot 15-under 201 for 54 holes to post a six-stroke victory in the Sizzler Amateur at Troon North Golf Club’s Monument Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. Lampson, of Gilbert, Ariz., will be a senior at Grand Canyon University. The tournament is part of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series.

 

Twenty KemperSports properties were selected to Golfweek magazine’s recent lists of the best public-access courses in the U.S. and the state-by-state rankings. Tops among the courses, Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Ore., ranked No. 2 on the Best Courses You Can Play list and No. 1 on the Oregon list.

 


CALENDAR
June 19-22
Men’s amateur: Rice Planters

Snee Farm GC, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Men’s amateur: Northeast Amateur

Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, R.I.

June 20-23
Korn Ferry: Wichita Open

Crestview CC, Wichita, Kan.

European: BMW International Open

Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany

PGA Tour: Travelers Championship

TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

LPGA: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Hazeltine National GC, Chaska, Minn.

June 21-23
Champions: American Family Insurance Championship

University Ridge GC, Madison, Wis.

Symetra: Island Resort Championship

Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Mich.


      
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