TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017
by Gary Van Sickle

Not much could match the drama of Johnny Miller’s record 63 in the closing round to win the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

But Miller’s only other major title was pretty memorable, too. He captured the 1976 British Open at Royal Birkdale with a 66 in the final round and won by six. At Oakmont, Miller outdueled rivals such as Lanny Wadkins and Arnold Palmer. At Birkdale, Miller beat the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Kite and a 19-year-old Spanish wonder who introduced himself to the world that week, Severiano Ballesteros.

 



by Adam Schupak

Last summer, when LPGA pro Laetitia Beck represented Israel in golf's return to the Olympics, she could've said, "Why all the fuss?"

After all, as far as Beck was concerned, golf already was an Olympic sport, and she was a two-time gold medalist (2009 and 2013).

 


Two sides to player integrity

While I agree with Mike Purkey that the better optics for Jon Rahm would have been to go to the trailer and look and take a penalty (which would have been meaningless, given his margin of victory), I could not help but notice the juxtaposition of the points regarding reliance on player integrity raised in his article (“Rahm worsens error by not seeking penalty,” July 10, http://bit.ly/2sHYLZs) and the one that followed by Alex Miceli (“A rule that’s adrift: Overturn anchoring ban,” July 10, http://bit.ly/2t6arV6).

Rahm said he thought that he placed the ball in the same spot, but numerous commentators said he didn’t (and I think they are correct, although Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee must hope that his wife or girlfriend uses his measuring device if he thinks that is 3 or 4 inches) and that his win and reputation should therefore be tarnished.

 


Keeping score

2

Number of previous U.S. Golf Association championships at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., site of this week’s U.S. Women’s Open. In 2009, the U.S. Girls’ Junior and the U.S. Junior Amateur visited the metro-New York course. Amy Anderson won the girls’ title, and Jordan Spieth won the boys’ event.

12-1

The latest odds on Jon Rahm, winner of the recent Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, to win next week’s British Open. Rahm is a co-No. 2 pick, with Jordan Spieth, to win at Royal Birkdale, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook oddsmakers. Dustin Johnson, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, remains the top choice, at 10-1. Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose are 15-1 picks. Rahm, 22, a rookie pro who ended 2016 ranked 137th in the world, jumped to No. 8 with his six-stroke victory in Northern Ireland.



In the news

Signed: By Johnny Miller, a contract extension with NBC Sports and Golf Channel, to serve as a golf analyst through at least 2018, the networks announced. Miller, 70, whose 25 PGA Tour victories include two major championships, has worked for NBC since 1990. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998. Miller will be part of NBC’s broadcast team next week when the British Open returns to Royal Birkdale, where he won the Claret Jug in 1976.

Announced: By private-equity firm Apollo Global Management, that it has agreed to acquire ClubCorp Holdings for $1.1 billion, according to Reuters. ClubCorp, based in Dallas, owns and operates more than 200 properties, primarily golf and country clubs, in the U.S., Mexico and China. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year, Reuters said.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Cleveland Golf announced the introduction of its latest line of Smart Sole clubs: Smart Sole 3 S and C wedges. The clubs, which are scheduled to launch July 24, are available for pre-sale at participating dealers.

 

Troon will manage Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club in Coral Gables, Fla., the golf-management company announced. Deering Bay, a private, member-owned club, features an Arnold Palmer-designed course on the shores of Biscayne Bay.

 

 

Twelve of the top teams in women’s college golf have confirmed participation in the Annika Intercollegiate, which will be played Oct. 1-3 at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie, Minn. The field includes two-time defending champion Southern California and defending individual champion Maria Fassi of Arkansas.

 

GolfTec congratulated Kent Menendez, a student at GolfTec Encinitas Ranch, who won a gold medal in the golf competition at the recent Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games. Menendez, 27, of Cardiff, Calif., repeated as the gold medalist in Level 4 nine-hole stroke play.

 

Golf Genius Software has been named presenting sponsor of the Writer Cup, to be played July 27 at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, N.J. The 10th annual event will feature media members from the Philadelphia and surrounding New Jersey areas in a better-ball format.

 

CALENDAR
July 10-12
Senior women: Senior LPGA Championship
French Lick (Ind.) Resort (Pete Dye Course)
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
July 14-16
Celebrity: American Century Championship
Edgewood Tahoe GC, South Lake Tahoe, Nev.
July 17-22
Juniors: U.S. Junior Amateur
Flint Hills National GC, Andover, Kan.
July 18-20
Men’s amateur: New England Amateur
Metacomet CC, East Providence, R.I.
July 18-21
Men’s amateur: Pacific Coast Amateur
Chambers Bay GC, University Place, Wash.
Juniors: PGA Girls Junior
CC of St. Albans (Mo.)
July 19-21
Men’s amateur: Northern Amateur
Sand Creek CC, Chesterton, Ind.
July 19-22
Men’s amateur: Southern Amateur
CC of North Carolina, Pinehurst, N.C.
Men’s amateur: Porter Cup Invitational
Niagara Falls CC, Lewiston, N.Y.
Men’s amateur: Palmetto Amateur
Palmetto GC, Aiken, S.C.
July 20-23
PGA Tour: British Open
Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, England
Web.com Tour: Pinnacle Bank Championship
The Club at Indian Creek, Omaha, Neb.
Symetra Tour: Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic
Brook Lea CC, Rochester, N.Y.
PGA Tour: Barbasol Championship
RTJ Trail (Grand National), Opelika, Ala.
LPGA: Marathon Classic
Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, Ohio

      
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