TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
by Adam Schupak

After three-putting from 12 feet on the 72nd hole to lose the 2015 U.S. Open to Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson hopped into a courtesy car with his fiancée, Paulina Gretzky, her father, Wayne, and caddie/brother Austin Johnson. The person who handled the setback best was none other than Johnson.

"It wasn't anything to get over," he said. "I remember we got in the car after the round and Wayne goes dead silent; no one is saying a word. I turned around, and I'm, like, 'Guys, it's just a golf tournament.' "

Perhaps Johnson's response has a little something to do with his having been there, done that, albeit on a smaller stage. It wasn't the first time he had three-jacked from 12 feet to lose.


by Gary Van Sickle

It’s time to pass the monkey. Sergio Garcia won a Masters this spring despite a couple of iffy putting strokes on the last three holes of regulation, but who cares when you’re wearing a green jacket?

So, entering this week’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills, we must pass the title of Best Player Who Hasn’t Won a Major Yet to someone else. Garcia was a solid No. 1 and had carried that monkey on his back for a long ride.


Listen to the masses

The U.S. Golf Association needs to start listening to the masses a little more and not make it seem to the public that the U.S. Open is played so that the USGA will have an opportunity to showcase its skills concerning rules, etc. (“It’s time for USGA to get it right with U.S. Open,” June 12, http://bit.ly/2rb53QA).

As an unintended consequence, the USGA also is having to shoulder the brunt of the Fox contract. It’s a learning curve for the broadcast team, as well, and hopefully Fox will get better as time goes on, especially in the sound department. For the TV viewers, it seems that Fox puts the microphones on the nearest highway so the announcers cannot be heard over the sounds of passing traffic.


Added: To this week’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis., six players, completing the 156-man field. Chris Wood earned an exemption based on the Official World Golf Ranking, in which he moved to 60th. Because the USGA held six spots in the field for players who could qualify by the top-60 exemption and only Wood made it, five alternates from sectional qualifying were added: Gregory Bourdy, Tyler Light, Davis “Dru” Love IV, Whee Kim and Ryan Palmer. First-round tee times: http://bit.ly/2rQHKfV

Opened: By the U.S. Golf Association, ticket sales for the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Practice-round prices start at $60; tournament rounds start at $125. Information: http://www.usga.org/tickets.html


Keeping score


Odds for favorite Dustin Johnson, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, to win this week’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are next, at 12-1. Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm are listed at 15-1. Justin Rose is a 20-1 choice. Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia, the reigning Masters champion, are listed at 25-1.


To celebrate Father’s Day, TecTecTec is offering 10 percent off of its laser rangefinders, through June 18, on its website, www.us.tectectec.com. Buyers also will receive free shipping, a two-year warranty and a 30-day full-refund guarantee.


Honours Golf, a division of the Troon course-management company, has been hired to manage Capital City Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla. The club, which dates to 1908, features an A.W. Tillinghast-designed golf course.


Srixon and Cleveland Golf congratulate staffer Brandt Jobe for his victory in the recent Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa. It was the first victory for Jobe on the PGA Tour Champions and his first title on any major professional tour since 1998.


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.
June 22-25
Web.com Tour: Lincoln Land Charity Championship
Panther Creek CC, Springfield, Ill.
PGA Tour: Travelers Championship
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.
European Tour: BMW International Open
Munich (Germany) Golf Club
June 23-25
Symetra Tour: Island Resort Championship
Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Mich.
LPGA: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Ark.
Champions Tour: American Family Insurance Championship
University Ridge GC, Madison, Wis.

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