by Dan O’Neill

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the two apart.

Take Ricky “Tin Cup” Arnett. He is a 52-year-old teaching pro in Austin, Texas. He works at a country club now, but for a long time he worked at driving ranges in the area. He played a little golf as a walk-on at Stephen F. Austin State University but was never a “stick” in the strict sense.


by Alex Miceli

The recent U.S. Open at Erin Hills confirmed a generational shift in golf: the game has become a bomb-and-gouge sport.  

There is no question that the golf played by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman is not what occurs on a weekly basis these days on the PGA Tour.

What may be more amazing is that the golf played by John Daly and Tiger Woods also could be dated, as golf courses become too short for the longest players in golf.


One way to silence the louts 

I find it annoying and distracting when spectators yell out after a player hits a shot. Certainly the players cannot appreciate it, either.

Perhaps the networks need to stop including live sound coverage of the shots being hit; substitute a recording of a ball being hit, if they’d like. If the fans can’t go home and hear themselves on their recordings of the broadcasts, perhaps they will stop shouting after shots.


In the news

Exempted: Into the Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif., Stephen Curry, the two-time NBA most valuable player for the league-champion Golden State Warriors. Curry will retain his amateur status for the Aug. 3-6 event. Curry, 29, carries a 2.0 handicap index at his home course, California Golf Club, in San Francisco. The Warriors Community Foundation serves as the Ellie Mae Classic’s primary charitable beneficiary.


Number of spots available this weekend – four on the PGA Tour and three on the European Tour – to qualify for the British Open. At the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National, the top four finishers not already qualified who place among the top 12 and ties will earn spots into golf’s oldest major championship. At the European Tour’s HNA French Open, the top three not already qualified who place among the top 10 and ties will gain entry into the July 20-23 British Open at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.



Casa de Campo Resort and Villas in La Romana, Dominican Republic, has selected Buffalo.Agency for golf-marketing support. The Teeth of the Dog course anchors Casa de Campo’s 63-hole complex along the Caribbean Sea.


Thirteen courses in the Golf Prince Edward Island association have started a “Kids Play Free” program for the golf season. One junior (18 or younger) can play for free after 3 p.m. with a paid adult in the Canadian province. The details are at


Ecco congratulated Fred Couples for wearing the company’s footwear during his recent victory in the American Family Insurance Championship. Couples wore Ecco’s Biom Hybrid Classic design en route to his 13th Champions Tour title, the Londonderry, N.H., company announced.


Giants Ridge has received national recognition from Golf Digest andGolfweek magazines, the resort in Biwabik, Minn., reported. Giants Ridge, which is managed by Billy Casper Golf, earned an “Editors’ Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest” category. The Quarry and Legends courses were honored, as well. The Quarry course topped Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play” list in Minnesota.


Antigua Group will provide the U.S. team’s uniforms for the Solheim Cup this summer, the Peoria, Ariz., apparel maker announced. The Solheim Cup is scheduled for Aug. 18-20 at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.


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
LPGA: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
Thornberry Creek (Championship), Oneida, Wis.
PGA Tour: The Greenbrier Classic
The Greenbrier Resort (Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
European: Irish Open
Portstewart (Northern Ireland) GC
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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