TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017
by Morning Read staff report

Tiger Woods claims that his DUI arrest early Monday resulted from “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications” and was not alcohol-related.

In a statement late Monday, Woods denied that he had been drinking when he was arrested in Jupiter, Fla., not far from his home.

According to a report on the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office website, Woods, 41, was booked at 7:18 a.m. Monday on one count of driving under the influence. He was released on his own recognizance at 10:50 a.m.


by Alex Miceli

To old-timers, Cary Middlecoff set the standard for golf at Ole Miss. He earned All-America honors in 1939 before giving up a promising dental practice to win 40 times on the PGA Tour, ranking 10th all-time.

Ole Miss opened a new era in its golf program Monday when Braden Thornberry won the school’s first NCAA individual championship. He shot a final-round 1-under 71 at Rich Harvest Farms for an 11-under 277 total and four-stroke victory. (Results: http://bit.ly/2r1XHQ1)

With an unorthodox swing, Thornberry, a sophomore from Olive Branch, Miss., recorded one of only four under-par rounds as 20-mph-plus winds blew consistently. Thornberry quickly erased the two-stroke advantage of overnight leader Scottie Scheffler of Texas, who dropped four shots to par in the first two holes after starting on the back nine.


by Morning Read staff report

Dustin Johnson enters this week’s Memorial Tournament as a big favorite to accept the trophy from host Jack Nicklaus on Sunday.

Johnson, the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, was listed as the 6-1 choice in the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook to win at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Johnson, a three-time winner this season, finished third in last year’s Memorial.

Major champions Jordan Spieth and Jason Day and Spanish rookie Jon Rahm were listed as co-second choices, at 12-1.


Remember what Woods did for golf

In response to Steve Elling’s trash-talking (“Woods: Out of sight, out of mind . . . out of time?” May 29, http://bit.ly/2qvg6E5): Isn’t there anyone around there who has an attention span long enough to remember what Tiger Woods did for the sport of golf? This pathetic sneering is disgusting. I can think of no other sports figure who, in his career decline, got so much sarcasm and sniping. O.J. Simpson’s career achievements were honored even after he was a convicted criminal.

Tiger Woods was a brilliant golfer, a superb athlete and drew attention to a sport which had been dismissed by most of the country as a pastime for rich guys. Golf is making guys rich now, and everybody seems to think it’s OK to beat up on the guy who made that happen.


In the news

Disclosed: By his wife in a Facebook post, that PGA Tour player Jeff Overton is recovering from “a life-threatening infection” in his spine after surgery to repair a herniated disk. Overton, 34, has played only once since the 2016 Barbasol Championship in July 2016, a missed cut at the Honda Classic in February.

Keeping score


Number of qualifiers out of the sectional Monday at Walton Heath Golf Club in Walton-on-the-Hill, England, to earn spots in next month’s U.S. Open. Aaron Rai, an Englishman who plays Europe’s Challenge Tour, shot 66-64–130, 14 under par, to lead the group. Haotong Li, Alexander Levy, Richie Ramsay, Oliver Bekker, Joel Stalter, Bradley Dredge, Eddie Pepperell, Brandon Stone, George Coetzee, Andrew “Beef” Johnston, Paul Dunne, Matt Wallace, Thomas Aiken and Wade Ormsby also qualified. The U.S. Open will be played June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Ten sectionals will be contested June 5 at various sites in the U.S.

May 25-31
College men: NCAA Division I championship
Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Ill.
May 27-31
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort Nos. 2 and 8 courses
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
June 1-4
Web.com Tour: Rex Hospital Open
TPC Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C.
PGA Tour: The Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
European Tour: Nordea Masters
Barseback G&CC, Malmo, Sweden
June 2-4
Symetra Tour: Fuccillo Kia Classic of NY
Capital Hills at Albany (N.Y.)
LPGA: ShopRite LPGA Classic
Stockton Seaview Hotel & GC, Galloway, N.J.
June 5
U.S. Open sectional qualifying
(10 sites)
June 6
Industry: Women’s Golf Day
various golf facilities worldwide
June 7-10
Men’s amateur: Monroe Invitational
Monroe GC, Pittsford, N.Y.
June 8-11
European Tour: Lyoness Open
Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria
LPGA: Manulife LPGA Classic
Whistle Bear GC, Cambridge, Ontario
Men’s amateur: Palmer Cup
Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga.
PGA Tour: FedEx St. Jude Classic
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.
Web.com Tour: Rust-Oleum Championship
Ivanhoe (Ill.) Club
June 9-11
Symetra Tour: Four Winds Invitational
Blackthorn GC, South Bend, Ind.
Champions Tour: Principal Charity Classic
Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa
June 14-17
Men’s amateur: Sunnehanna Amateur
Sunnehanna CC, Johnstown, Pa.
June 15-18
LPGA: Meijer LPGA Classic
Blythefield CC, Belmont, Mich.
Web.com Tour: Air Capital Classic
Crestview CC, Wichita, Kan.
PGA Tour: U.S. Open
Erin Hills, Erin, Wis.
June 16-18
Symetra Tour: Decatur-Forsyth Classic
Hickory Point GC, Decatur, Ill.
June 18-22
Junior: Western Junior
Park Ridge (Ill.) CC
June 19-24
Men’s amateur: British Amateur
Royal St. George’s GC, Sandwich, England
June 20-21
Junior: Pepsi Little People’s Tournament
Westview GC and Knights of Columbus Par 3, Quincy, Ill.
June 21-24
Men’s amateur: Northeast Amateur
Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, R.I.

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