SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017
by Gary Van Sickle

Welcome to Erin Hills, home of the 117th United States Wide, Wide Open.

The scoreboard doesn’t look like your regular U.S. Open. Four under par isn’t even in the top 10, and 1 over par is the cutline. That sounds like it’s straight out of the old Greater Milwaukee Open, a birdie-fest, not the U.S. Open. But it’s true.

 


by Adam Schupak

When a broadcaster gushed about Paul Casey during a post-round interview on Friday, the Englishman couldn't resist displaying his dry, self-deprecating sense of humor. 

"Sensible and mature are two words that are rarely used when discussing me," he said, breaking into a grin.

Casey is nothing if not honest. Since turning pro in 2000, he has been something of an enigma. He can be both charming and childish, a rare talent and an underachiever. He is Sergio Garcia-lite: less self-pity, fewer high-profile implosions and close calls, yet seemingly on the verge of delivering on his vast potential. On Friday, Casey showed newfound maturity when a triple-bogey 8 on the 14th hole – his fifth after starting on the back nine – appeared to derail his round.

 



by Alex Miceli

The U.S. Open week started with numerous storylines, but most of the talk concerned the top three golfers in the world rankings: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.

All three will not be in Wisconsin over the weekend after missing the cut. It’s the first time the top three golfers failed to qualify for the weekend in a major championship since the Official World Golf Ranking debuted in 1986.

 


by Steve Elling

Maybe it was part of an ingenious plan by the U.S. Golf Association to steer eyeballs toward its streaming online options, or effectively force fans to read the stories posted on the organization’s website.

Whatever the back story, the folks at the USGA and Golf Channel should send bouquets of roses to Fox headquarters in Los Angeles after the network brass elected on Thursday and Friday to kick off its onsite coverage of the 117th U.S. Open with the sports-talk show “Undisputed.”

 


2

Number of strokes by which Brooke Henderson leads after two rounds of the Meijer LPGA Classic, despite having bogeyed the last two holes Friday at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Mich. Henderson, 19, of Canada, shot 4-under 67 for a 12-under 130 total. American Lexi Thompson (68), who lost in a playoff Sunday to Ariya Jutanugarn in Canada, shares second place with Carlota Ciganda (64) and Mi Jung Hur (66) at 10 under.

 


In the news

Died: Of apparent natural causes, an unidentified 94-year-old male spectator during Friday’s second round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, according to the U.S. Golf Association. The Washington County (Wis.) medical examiner was summoned to the course at about 2 p.m. CDT, according to Fox 6 News of Milwaukee. No other information was available, the USGA said.


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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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