TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017
by Dan O'Neill

It’s been an up-and-down season for Gene Sauers on the Champions Tour. He has had four top-10s, including a second at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. He also has missed a cut and finished T-27 or worse five times. 

As the 2016 U.S. Senior Open champion, Sauers enjoyed the opportunity to play in the recent national championship at Erin Hills – his first U.S. Open in 30 years. But he was 9 over par on the gargantuan golf course and missed the cut. Moreover, he spent much of the time trying to get comfortable with a new driver, after cracking his “gamer” three weeks earlier.

Cracked drivers, missed cuts, inconsistency . . . Sauers can live with all of it. That’s the whole point: Sauers can live, and the 54-year-old Savannah, Ga., native never forgets it. 

 



by John Gordon

A few years back, when Hershey closed its chocolate factory in the tiny eastern Ontario town of Smiths Falls, a lot of sweetness disappeared along with about 600 jobs.

Although the jobs may never return, some of that sweetness has come back, thanks to hometown heroine Brooke Henderson.

 


Silence, please 

I have listened to these clowns yelling "get in the hole" or "in the hole" so many times on TV broadcasts. It is annoying and ridiculous.

They either have imbibed too much alcohol, or they aren't really golfers who know the game but those just interested in weekend entertainment. Nobody who knows the game and plays the game would yell this kind of foolishness at any time.

 


Keeping score

3

Number of spots that Jordan Spieth improved in the Official World Golf Ranking, to No. 3, after his dramatic playoff victory Sunday at the Travelers Championship (http://www.owgr.com/). Spieth holed out from a greenside bunker to defeat Daniel Berger at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Spieth, 23, whose 10 Tour victories include two major championships, was No. 1 in the world for a total of 26 weeks in 2015-16. Dustin Johnson retains the top spot for a 19th consecutive week, followed by Hideki Matsuyama.

9-1

Odds to win the British Open for Dustin Johnson, the betting favorite with Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Johnson opened last week as the 10-1 favorite. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth remain unchanged as the 12-1 co-second picks. Likewise, Jason Day and Masters champion Sergio Garcia rate fourth at 15-1. The British Open will be played July 20-23 at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.



Withdrew: From this week’s U.S. Senior Open, John Daly, who cited a shoulder injury. Daly, 51, a two-time major champion, won the Insperity Invitational last month for his first Champions Tour victory. He was replaced in the field by Ted Tryba. Play begins Thursday at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. (tee times: http://bit.ly/2u9RjGP). 

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Fred Couples played the Bridgestone Tour B330-S golf ball during his victory in the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison, Wis., Bridgestone Golf announced. Couples shot a final-round 66 on Sunday at University Ridge Golf Club for his second Champions Tour victory of the season and the 13th of his career.

 

GolfMatch, which use a mobile booking application to connect like-minded golfers, will be the preferred social-golf partner of Troon, the Scottsdale, Ariz., management company announced. GolfMatch allows golfers to see with whom they will be playing before purchasing a tee time.

 

Cimarron Hills Golf and Country Club will undergo extensive renovations to its greens and bunkers, according to Troon Privé, the private-club operation of Troon that manages the Georgetown, Texas, property. Heritage Links will oversee the project at the Jack Nicklaus Signature design. Work is scheduled to begin July 5 and be completed by Oct. 1. Play will continue on temporary greens.

 

Aline reports that 11 of the top 20 finishers at the recent American Family Insurance Open on the Champions Tour and four of the top 20 at the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour wore the company’s products in their shoes.

 

CALENDAR
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.
July 5-7
Men’s amateur: Sahalee Players
Sahalee CC, Sammamish, Wash.
July 6-9
PGA Tour: The Greenbrier Classic
The Greenbrier Resort (Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
July 7-9
Men’s amateur: Magnolia Amateur
Hattiesburg (Miss.) CC
July 10-13
Men’s amateur: Trans-Mississippi Championship
Prairie Dunes CC, Hutchinson, Kan.
July 10-14
Women’s Amateur: North & South
Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort No. 2
July 10-15
Men’s amateur: Pacific Northwest Amateur
Emerald Valley GC, Creswell, Ore.
July 11-14
Women’s amateur: Women’s Trans National
Mid Pines Inn and GC, Southern Pines, N.C.
July 13-16
Champions Tour: Constellation Senior Players Championship
Caves Valley GC, Owings Mills, Md.
Men’s amateur: The Players Amateur
Berkeley Hall Club, Bluffton, S.C.
LPGA: U.S. Women’s Open
Trump National GC, Bedminster, N.J.
PGA Tour: John Deere Classic
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.
Men’s amateur: Eastern Amateur
Elizabeth Manor CC, Portsmouth, Va.

      
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