THURSDAY  | JULY 19, 2018
by Jeff Babineau

There is a certain drumbeat and rhythm to golf’s major championships, a comfort level residing inside players that accumulates in drips and drabs, the way light rain becomes a puddle. Sure, there are once-a-generation exceptions – Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth – but for mortals, becoming a force in the majors is something usually constructed brick by brick. 

Patrick Reed, your reigning Masters champion, is a fiery competitor who, at 27, seems to have figured out what it takes at major championships. It did not come easily. He was an afterthought in his first 15 major starts (no top 10s, five missed cuts). And now Reed is the guy with the smirk holding pocket aces at the end of the table. Dating to last summer’s PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, this is Reed’s red-hot run: tie for second, victory (Masters) and fourth (U.S. Open). 

 



by Adam Schupak

Several years ago during an interview for a book I was writing about former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman, golf-industry veteran Duke Butler argued that the most important shot hit in golf in 1969 was Orville Moody's 2-foot putt at the last hole to win the U.S. Open. 

Moody was shaky, at best, with the short stick. Had he missed, he would've forced a playoff that would have included, among others, Beman. That putt, Butler contends, changed Beman's fate as well as the Tour's. Had Beman won the playoff the next day, he would've earned a lifetime Tour exemption. Most likely, he would've played until eligible for the senior circuit at age 50 and never would have been interested in succeeding Joe Dey as commissioner in 1974.

 


by Alex Miceli

Why was the R&A testing drivers before the British Open? Well, it’s not really clear why.

Martin Slumbers, the R&A’s chief executive officer, said the organization takes a serious approach toward its governance role, which includes equipment standards. That’s why the R&A sought to test players’ drivers straight out of the bag here at Carnoustie Golf Links, site of the 147th British Open, which begins today (tee times).

 


Follow the Langer blueprint
I liken Brittany Lincicome’s competing in this week’s Barbasol Championship on the PGA Tour with that of Bernhard Langer at the Masters (“Pioneering woman takes on PGA Tour,” July 18). Not the longest hitter, by far, but Langer still is competitive.

Lincicome could be this week's Langer. Hit it far enough off the tee, keep out of trouble, putt well and see what happens.

 


Died: Mark Hayes, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour in the 1970s, on Monday in Edmond, Okla., according to PGATour.com. He was 69 and had suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, according to published reports. Hayes, a native of Stillwater, Okla., played college golf at Oklahoma State in 1968-71, earning first-team all-America honors as a junior and senior. Among his career highlights, he won the 1977 Players Championship and competed on the Americans’ victorious 1979 Ryder Cup team. In 604 career starts on the PGA Tour, Hayes posted 57 top-10 finishes. After his playing career, he designed courses, mostly in Oklahoma and neighboring states.

 


3

Number of times in the past three editions of the British Open at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links that the Claret Jug was decided via playoff. In the most recent, in 2007, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington defeated Spain’s Sergio Garcia in the four-hole aggregate playoff. The others: Scotland’s Paul Lawrie (1999, against Justin Leonard and Jean Van de Velde) and American Tom Watson (1975, against Jack Newton). The 147th British Open begins today at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links (live scoring).




RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: British Open memories: Part 2
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts share their lasting impressions on the year’s third major, serving up anecdotes and observations that you won’t hear anywhere else.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Sea Pines Country Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., will undergo a second round of renovations as it expands the fitness center. The project will add a second floor, expanding the facility by 2,500 square feet, to 7,300. The $2.55 million project, which is expected to begin after Labor Day, follows last year’s $2.7 million renovation of the clubhouse.

 

 

Inntopia announced the release of Cloud Express, which offers front-desk and call-center agents one-click access to complete guest profiles. The service was built as a bridge between Inntopia’s Marketing Cloud and Commerce technologies.

 

Thanksgiving Point Golf Club, which began a multi-phase renovation project this spring, reports that daily golf play has been minimally affected at the Lehi, Utah, course. The project, which includes work on the golf course and clubhouse, is expected to continue through the summer.

 

Streamsong Resort will play host to its Second Annual Streamsong Classic Four-Ball Championship on Aug. 11-13, the central Florida resort announced. Guests will compete in a two-person, better-ball tournament on the Blue and Black courses at the 54-hole resort. Prices start at $362 per person.

 

Champion Hills, a 730-acre residential community in Hendersonville, N.C., has been named one of the Top 100 Planned Communities and a Best Mountain Views community by Ideal-Living magazine. The awards will be featured in the summer Best of the Best in Planned Communities issue.

 

The golf shop at Kapalua’s Plantation Course is undergoing an extensive renovation. The project, which is being overseen by executives from management company Troon, is expected to wrap up by September. Earlier this year, Kapalua announced that its Plantation Course, home to the PGA Tour’s annual Sentry Tournament of Champions, will undergo improvements beginning in February.

 

Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa will play host to the final round of the Guanacaste Classic on July 22 at the Robert Trent Jones II golf course at the resort in Playa Conchal, Costa Rica. The tournament, which runs July 20-22, starts at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo and then moves to Hacienda Pinilla Beach Resort before concluding at Reserva Conchal.

 


CALENDAR
July 16-21
Junior girls: U.S. Girls’ Junior

Poppy Hills GC, Pebble Beach, Calif.

Junior boys: U.S. Junior Amateur

Baltusrol GC, Springfield, N.J.

July 17-19
Men’s amateur: New England Amateur

Portland CC, Falmouth, Me.

July 18-21
Men’s amateur: Southern Amateur

The Club at Olde Stone, Bowling Green, Ky.

Men’s amateur: Porter Cup

Niagara Falls (N.Y.) CC

July 19-22
Web.com Tour: Pinnacle Bank Championship

The Club at Indian Creek, Omaha, Neb.

PGA/European tours: British Open

Carnoustie (Scotland) GL

Symetra Tour: Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic

Brook Lea CC, Rochester, N.Y.

PGA Tour: Barbasol Championship

Keene Trace GC, Nicholasville, Ky.


      
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