by Steve Elling

It’s part advice and part admonition.

Toni Azinger, the wife of TV analyst Paul Azinger, repeatedly reminds her husband of a single thought as he prepares for another high-profile week in the broadcast booth: “Remember, nobody is tuning in to hear you talk.”

Azinger, a well-regarded golf analyst at Fox Sports who is a former major champion and Ryder Cup captain, snickers every time he relates the anecdote, because he knows it’s an inarguable fact. 


by Dan O'Neill

Another St. Louis native might best describe what it’s like for Jay Williamson to be inside the ropes at Salem Country Club this week. That is, as the late Yogi Berra once said, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

Or something like that.

Williamson spent 24 years as a professional golfer, made 377 PGA Tour starts and never won. In 2007, he lost a memorable playoff against Hunter Mahan at the Travelers, as each player hit clutch shots down the stretch. In 2008, Williamson and Brad Adamonis lost a playoff to Kenny Perry at the John Deere. 


A game of higher standards

I realize there is an added effort to grow the game and increase the field of spectators, but I believe we are leaning toward a group of individuals that really don’t belong on a golf course.

When I go to observe the field of golfers in a tournament, there is a certain etiquette which should be observed at all times, not sometimes. I guess my predecessors (old golfers) taught me that.


Keeping score


Number of players who have won the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open: Billy Casper, Hale Irwin, Orville Moody, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino.


Number of years, from 1987 to 2006 (excluding ’05), that TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm hosted a PGA Tour event. The club in Potomac, Md., northwest of Washington, is the site of this week’s Quicken Loans National. It played host to the Kemper Open (1987-99), Kemper Insurance Open (2000-02), FBR Capital Open (2003) and Booz Allen Classic (2004 and ’06; in 2005, the Booz Allen was played at neighboring Congressional Country Club). After an extensive renovation that was finished in 2009, TPC Potomac played host to events on the Champions (2010) and (2012-13) tours. 


Omni La Costa Resort and Spa has added swing trainer RoboGolfPro to the performance institute at the Carlsbad, Calif., resort. The RoboGolfPro takes a student through the correct movements of the swing with the help of video and mechanical training.


Columbus (Ohio) Country Club, which is undergoing a two-year course renovation that began in the fall, recently reopened its front nine, according to Troon Privé, which manages the club. Renovations on the back nine will begin after Labor Day. The project at the Donald Ross-designed course, which is being overseen by architect Kevin Hargraves, is expected to be completed by Memorial Day.


Twenty students have been granted Legacy Award scholarships by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. The awards, of $1,500 each, go to 10 recent high school graduates and 10 students already enrolled in college and have been funded by the GCSAA’s philanthropic arm, the Environmental Institute for Golf.


Golf simulator manufacturer Golfzon has become the official golf simulator of the Metropolitan Golf Association, the New York-area group announced. Golfzon also sponsors the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association and its annual awards dinner.


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. 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: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
Thornberry Creek (Championship), Oneida, Wis.
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.
European: Irish Open
Portstewart (Northern Ireland) GC

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