TUESDAY  | JUNE 19, 2018
by John Hawkins

As U.S. Opens go, the 118th gathering proved to be quite the character. From Tiger Woods’ opening triple bogey to Phil Mickelson’s almost comical disregard for the rules, from Dustin Johnson’s unforeseeable third-round meltdown to the extra-crispy golf course, from the USGA’s admission that it mismanaged the grounds to its crowning a repeat champion for the first time in almost three decades, this baby was dadgum near Dead Solid Perfect.

 



by Jeff Babineau

Having survived the arduous regimen of daily thumbscrew sessions and the head-to-toe torture chamber that is the U.S. Open, golfers will be challenged to hold back their unbridled glee when they arrive at birdie-friendly TPC River Highlands for this week's Travelers Championship.

It’s the joy that permeates when the doors are flung open on the last day of the school year, fortune akin to leaving a Weight Watchers meeting and running into Willy Wonka in the parking lot.

 


GUEST ESSAY
by Bill Pelham

I still remember one of the earliest lessons I received from Jackie Burke, the former Masters and PGA champion, during my first week on the job at Champions Golf Club in Houston. He said, “Pelham, there are no gray areas in the game of golf. The same goes for life. You’re either in bounds or you are out of bounds!”   

 


PGA Tour should run U.S. Open

Hasn’t the USGA now proved conclusively that it is incapable of running a professional golf tournament? (“Mickelson, USGA disgrace U.S. Open,” June 17).

While the U.S. Open is a tournament into which an amateur can qualify to play, it is very much a professional golf event that unfortunately is being run by amateurs who continue to butcher course setup and rulings during play. I can’t imagine the members at Shinnecock Hills being actually able to use their incredible golf course again for probably weeks until the greens recover from the abuse heaped on the course by USGA “agronomists.”

 


12-1

Odds for American Dustin Johnson to win the British Open next month at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Johnson, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, finished third in the recent U.S. Open. American Jordan Spieth, the defending champion in the British Open, was the co-No. 2 pick of oddsmakers, with Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, at 14-1. England’s Justin Rose and Americans Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas were 16-1 choices. U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka of the U.S. was listed at 20-1 with Spain’s Jon Rahm and England’s Tommy Fleetwood.

 


Announced: By the PGA Tour, that the 3M Open will be played in Minnesota beginning next summer. In the seven-year deal, TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn., will be the host site. TPC Twin Cities, a 2000 Arnold Palmer design, has hosted the Champions Tour since 2001. The 2019 3M Open will be the first Tour event in Minnesota since the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National in Chaska, won by Y.E. Yang.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: U.S. Open review

In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts size up the 118th U.S. Open and offer differing views on a number of topics, notably the USGA’s handling of the tournament.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The seventh annual Annika Invitational Europe will be played this week at Royal Drottningholm Golf Club in Stockholm, Sweden. Defending champion Amanda Linner of Sweden will be among the 78 girls ages 13-18 who will be competing through Thursday.

 

Golf clothier Galvin Green announced the launch of its Ventil8 Plus apparel line for the spring and summer season. The line includes men’s and women’s shirts, shorts, pants and skorts designed for seasonal comfort.

 


CALENDAR
June 17-20
Club pros: PGA Professional Championship

Bayonet Black Horse, Seaside, Calif.

June 17-21
Juniors: Western Junior

Evanston GC, Skokie, Ill.

June 17-23
Men’s amateur: British Amateur

Royal Aberdeen GC, Aberdeen, Scotland

June 18-20
Juniors: Pepsi Little People's Golf Championships

Westview GC, Quincy, Ill.

June 18-21
Boys junior: Western Junior

Evanston GC, Skokie, Ill.

June 20-23
Men’s amateur: Northeast Amateur

Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, R.I.

Men’s amateur: Rice Planters Amateur

Snee Farm CC, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

June 21-24
European Tour: BMW International Open

Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof, Pulheim, Germany

Web.com Tour: Air Capital Classic

Crestview CC, Wichita, Kan.

PGA Tour: Travelers Championship

TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

June 22-24
LPGA: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Rogers, Ark.

Symetra Tour: Island Resort Championship

Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Mich.

Champions: American Family Insurance Championship

University Ridge GC, Madison, Wis.


      
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