FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017
by Gary Van Sickle

Two years ago, Rickie Fowler traded his nice-guy demeanor for a little bit of a chip on his shoulder one week in May. He had just been voted “Most Overrated” by his PGA Tour peers in a poll conducted by a golf magazine.

So, all he did was go out and win The Players Championship in a playoff with what might have been the best closing stretch of golf ever seen at TPC Sawgrass. He played as if he were on a mission.

 


by Adam Schupak

After Kevin Na posted on Instagram about how "almost unplayable" the fescue at Erin Hills can be, players thanked him Tuesday and Wednesday when the USGA elected to mow wide swaths of it down on several holes. Of course, this led several pros to think even bigger.

"Will you tell them the course is too long? Maybe they'll move up the tees. Say the greens are too fast and maybe they'll slow them down," said Na, recounting some of the suggestions he heard.

 



by Alex Miceli

Experience versus youth. Patience versus impatience. A career in twilight versus unlimited potential.

Both were on display in Thursday’s first round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills as Ernie Els and Jon Rahm played on opposite sides of the morning wave, with results that would surprise many golf enthusiasts.

Els, 47, a two-time U.S. Open winner, shot 2-under 70, his best opening round since shooting 70 in 2008 at Torrey Pines. If not for bogeys on the last two holes, Els could have posted his best opening round in 25 U.S. Opens

 


by Steve Elling

“Cyberloafing” at work has reached an all-time high, The Wall Street Journal noted last year. That isn’t particularly surprising, given that cellphone apps stream more live TV than ever and online portals offer more unique content.

Whether employees will get away with surreptitiously watching the 117th U.S. Open this week might depend entirely upon which feed they choose. One online stream, in particular, easily could have gotten viewers busted for laughing out loud. 

 


3

Number of strokes under par on the final two holes Thursday for Brooke Henderson, who shot 8-under 63 for a one-stroke lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic in Belmont, Mich. Henderson, who started on the back nine at Blythefield Country Club, came to the par-5 eighth hole standing 5 under for the day. She made eagle-3 and then birdied the par-4 ninth to set the pace. American Lexi Thompson is among five players tied at 64. Henderson, 19, a Canadian and three-time winner on the LPGA, has yet to win this season.

 


In the news

Delayed: Until Aug. 9, the arraignment of Tiger Woods, who faces a charge of driving under the influence from a May 29 incident in Jupiter, Fla. The presiding judge in West Palm Beach canceled the original July 5 hearing, without providing an explanation, according to court documents filed Thursday, The Associated Press reported. Breath tests conducted on Woods, who was found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz, showed no presence of alcohol, but Woods told Jupiter police officers that he had a reaction to several prescription drugs, including Vicodin and Xanax. Woods could qualify for a diversion program in which the DUI charge would be downgraded to reckless driving, which likely would result in probation, a fine and other conditions, such as completion of a DUI course.

Threatened: With expulsion, members at England’s Wentworth Club, the suburban London host of the European Tour’s annual BMW PGA Championship, if they publicly criticize Reignwood, the Chinese conglomerate that owns Wentworth, according to The Telegraph newspaper of London. Annual fees have nearly doubled, to £13,500 (about $17,200), and the number of members have declined by nearly half in the three years since Reignwood acquired the iconic club, The Telegraph reported.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Keswick Hall and Golf Club, a luxury resort in Charlottesville, Va., offers its Full Cry Golf Package for summer stay-and-play visitors. Prices start at $229 per night for unlimited play for two on the Pete Dye-designed Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club course.

 

Randy Syring, the longtime head professional at Salina (Kan.) Country Club, has been named the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Kansas Wesleyan University. Syring, who started in Salina’s bag room in 1974, will remain at the club as director of golf on a part-time basis.

 

Racing the Sun will showcase six golfers playing four top courses in four U.S. times zones on June 21, the longest day of the year. The Racing the Sun group of top donors and the Youth on Course executive director will play Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.; Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan.; Ballyneal in Holyoke, Colo.; and Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, with hops onto a chartered jet along the way. Proceeds from the team members’ donations will benefit Youth on Course, the Pebble Beach, Calif.-based charitable arm of the Northern California Golf Association.

 


CALENDAR
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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