TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017
by Gary Van Sickle

The 117th United States Open came off exactly the way the U.S. Golf Association needed and wanted it to be: incident-free.

There were no controversial penalties, dubious rulings or clown’s-mouth-windmill-like course-setup blunders. 

By Sunday night, only two questions still needed to be asked.


Azinger excels, but Fox fails overall

Thanks for your review of the Fox broadcast (“Fox and U.S. Open: 9 more years of this?” June 19, http://bit.ly/2sk7LGB). I think you hit on a lot of great points.

Paul Azinger was fantastic; so insightful. I wish that he were involved with the golf coverage every week. I was embarrassed for Holly Sonders. It’s pretty sad that we need to see a full view of her during interviews. Joe Buck doesn't belong in the golf arena. Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck most definitely don't belong on television. Both are very average in their golf coverage. 


Keeping score


Number of players who finished among the top 10 in the recent U.S. Open who are entered in this week’s Travelers Championship: Brian Harman (T-2), Xander Schauffele (T-5), Charley Hoffman (8), Trey Mullinax (T-9), Justin Thomas (T-9) and Brandt Snedeker (T-9). Play begins Thursday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.


The odds for Dustin Johnson, the favorite, to win the British Open next month at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Johnson, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, missed the cut in his two most recent tournaments: last week’s U.S. Open and the Memorial Tournament two weeks earlier. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are the co-second picks in the British Open, at 12-1. Jason Day and Sergio Garcia are 15-1 selections. Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose rate 20-1 odds. U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka joins Adam Scott at 25-1.

In the news

Issued: Via a statement on Twitter, an update from Tiger Woods, who was arrested May 29 in Jupiter, Fla., and charged with DUI (“Woods needs help, and his life might depend on it,” May 31, http://bit.ly/2rFStwz). He tweeted Monday night: “I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder. I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.” His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 9 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Woods, 41, a 14-time major champion, has not played since Feb. 2, when he shot a first-round 77 in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and withdrew. Woods underwent back surgery, his fourth, and likely will not compete this season. 


Fourteen Golf reported that a golfer who used three of the company’s RM-22 wedges shot four rounds in the 60s last weekend and recorded his second top-10 finish on the year on the Web.com Tour. The player used lofts of 50, 52 and 58 degrees in shooting a 13-under total for a tie for seventh at the Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan.


The winner of the recent Meijer LPGA Classic used Nippon shafts in her irons and wedges, the manufacturer announced. Nippon Shaft N.S. Pro Modus Tour 105 steel shafts were used in her irons, and N.S. Pro Modus Wedge 115 steel shafts were used in her wedges.


June 18-21
Club pros: PGA Professional Championship
Sunriver (Ore.) Resort
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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