by Mike Van Sickle

My road to the British Open is going to be a long one. It already is, in fact.

First, I boarded a six-hour flight from Pittsburgh to Reykjavik, where I had just enough time to use the water closet (translation: men’s room) and catch a Pokemon (just to say I did it in Iceland). Iceland? I scored a $400 airfare to London on Wow Air, and that meant a stop in, wow, Iceland. 


Teeing it up for the wood-products industry 

GelTees are solving a problem that does not exist (“GelTees allow golfers to play with clean minds,” June 30, http://bit.ly/2sqgwR3).

I would like to share with your readers some information regarding wood. The United States has more trees than at any time in our history. For every tree that is cut down for industrial use, 3-5 trees are planted to replace that tree. Trees are never cut down specifically to make golf tees. The tees are made from scrap wood after all of the good wood has been processed into other items.


Withdrew: From next week’s John Deere Classic, two-time champion Jordan Spieth, who said he wants to prepare for the British Open. Spieth, 23, won the John Deere in 2013 on a sponsor exemption for his first PGA Tour victory. He repeated as John Deere champion in 2015. He did not defend his title last year because the Deere conflicted with the Olympic Games. The British Open will be July 20-23 at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.



Odds for hometown favorite Tommy Fleetwood to win the British Open at Royal Birkdale in his native Southport, England, according to the latest line from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Fleetwood rose to No. 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking after his recent victory in the HNA French Open. Three weeks ago, he placed fourth in the U.S. Open. American Dustin Johnson remains the favorite to win the Claret Jug, at 9-1. Rory McIlroy (10-1), Jordan Spieth (12-1), Sergio Garcia (15-1) and Rickie Fowler (15-1) are the other top picks. Fleetwood is a co-No. 6 choice, with Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose.



Tom Height, the superintendent at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Connellsville, Pa., will help his wife’s family oversee the annual fireworks show in Ralston, Pa., on Independence Day.


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.
Web.com: Lecom Health Challenge
Peek’n Peak Resort (Upper), Findley Lake, N.Y.
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
Symetra Tour: Donald Ross Centennial Classic
French Lick (Ind.) Resort
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.
Web.com Tour: Utah Championship
Oakridge CC, Farmington, Utah
Men’s amateur: Eastern Amateur
Elizabeth Manor CC, Portsmouth, Va.
European Tour: Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
Dundonald Links, Troon, Scotland

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