MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017
by Adam Schupak

Brooks Koepka, the flatliner whose caddie never witnessed him make a fist pump until the 2016 Ryder Cup, buried his face in his hands Sunday evening as he was whisked from the 18th green to sign his scorecard and make it official that he was the 2017 U.S. Open champion.

"That's when it hit me what I'd done," said Koepka, who said that was the most emotion he's ever shown down the stretch of a tournament – not that anyone could tell. ("I think he even smiled," cracked caddie Ricky Elliott.)

 



by Gary Van Sickle

Brooks Koepka wasn’t the only winner Sunday in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, even though that’s what the scoreboard says.

A runner-up finish after five birdies on the final nine vaulted Hideki Matsuyama to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, cementing his arc to becoming Japan’s greatest golfer – if he’s not already there.

 


by Alex Miceli

In 1993, a 23-year-old Ernie Els came to Baltusrol Golf Club for his first U.S. Open with a resume that included no victories on the PGA or European tours but seven triumphs in his native South Africa.

At 4 over through 36 holes, Els found himself 10 shots behind eventual winner Lee Janzen. Els showed displayed his game in the final two rounds, shooting 68-67 for the lowest weekend score. The T-7 finish set Els on a path that would lead to the World Golf Hall of Fame. The next month, Els tied for sixth in the British Open in a prelude to his first of two U.S. Open victories, in 1994 via playoff against Colin Montgomerie and Loren Roberts at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.

 


by Steve Elling

There’s no question that three years in, the product has improved.

Yet the question remains: Is it good enough?

When the U.S. Golf Association elected to accept heaping wheelbarrows of cash from Fox in exchange for its TV broadcast rights, it didn’t matter much to the USGA’s primary constituency – you know, the golfers and fans in the United States.

But for four days in June, it absolutely matters, and plenty.

 


Fox, Buck and a blown opportunity

Joe Buck is a terrible make-believe sports announcer for football and baseball, but how can he be worse masquerading as a golf commentator? Fox has blown a golden opportunity.

Jim Miller
Estero, Fla.

 



3

Number of consecutive victories for Americans in the U.S. Open: Brooks Koepka (2017), Dustin Johnson (2016) and Jordan Spieth (2015).

5

Number of strokes by which Aaron Wise cruised to victory Sunday in the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic. Wise, who will turn 21 on Wednesday, led wire-to-wire, opening with consecutive 8-under 62s at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan. He closed with a 2-under 68 for a 21-under 259 total. Beau Hossler (67) finished second at 16-under 264. Wise, the NCAA medalist last year for national-champion Oregon, secured a PGA Tour card for next season.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Thor Guard has installed its lightning-prediction technology at Hong Kong Golf Club, the company announced. The club hosts the annual Hong Kong Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

 

Galvin Green has introduced its spring/summer Ventil8 Plus line of golf apparel, the company announced. The Ventil8 Plus fibers and body-mapping technology are designed for comfort in excessive heat.

 

CALENDAR
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.
June 25-30
Men’s amateur: North & South Amateur
Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort
June 27 - July 1
Men’s amateur: Dogwood Invitational
Druid Hills GC, Atlanta
Men’s amateur: European Amateur
Walton Heath GC, Walton-on-the-Hill, England
June 29 - July 2
PGA Tour: Quicken Loans National
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Md.
LPGA: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Olympia Fields (Ill.) CC (North Course)
European Tour: HNA French Open
Le Golf National, Paris
Champions Tour: U.S. Senior Open
Salem CC, Peabody, Mass.
Web.com Tour: Nashville Golf Open,
Nashville (Tenn.) Golf & Athletic Club
June 30 - July 2
Symetra Tour: Tullymore Classic
Tullymore GC, Stanwood, Mich.

      
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