WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
by Dan O’Neill

What if you held a political debate and a golf championship broke out?

Not sure, but players who have gathered for the U.S. Women’s Open here in Trumpminster  – sorry – Bedminster hope to find out. 

The site of the biggest championship in women’s golf is the same place where 15-year-old Jordan Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2009, while Amy Anderson won the U.S. Girls’ Junior the same week.

 



by Mike Purkey

It is golf’s oldest major championship, and it captures the attention and imagination of the entire golf world because it is played every year on one of the great links courses. No one would think of skipping or ignoring it.

But the British Open was not always viewed in that regard. The fact that every one of the game’s stars will start from the first tee at Royal Birkdale is owed, like many other aspects of our game, to Arnold Palmer.

 


Reverse the anchoring ban 

I believe the anchoring rule should be overturned (“A rule that’s adrift: Overturn anchoring ban,” July 10, http://bit.ly/2t6arV6). It was enacted without a shred of statistical evidence that the anchored stroke offered any advantage.

The anchored stroke was in use for close to 30 years, and I don’t recall any great fervor being raised about it until people won major championships using the stroke.

 


Declined: By Scott Piercy, an exemption into next week’s British Open. Piercy, who is No. 67 in the Official World Golf Ranking, did not give a reason. Piercy has missed six cuts in nine starts, dating to the Masters. He will be replaced by India’s Anirban Lahiri, who is No. 68 in the world. The next three on the alternate list: Tony Finau, James Hahn and Danny Lee.

 



Keeping score

3

Number of times that Steve Stricker won the John Deere Classic (2009-11). Stricker will be making his 16th start in the event, which begins Thursday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. (tee times: http://bit.ly/1r5TG9H).

33

Number of consecutive rounds of par or better posted by Zach Johnson in the John Deere Classic. Johnson, 41, of nearby Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be making his 16th start in the Deere. He won the title in 2012. Before last year’s T-34 result, Johnson had finished no worse than third in five consecutive Deeres.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Youth on Course, which is committed to providing affordable golf access, has added five participating states and regions to its organization. With alliances in Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, Youth on Course operates in 17 states and regions to provide youngsters access to golf for $5 or less at hundreds of courses.

 

Apparel maker Ahead will introduce its 2018 spring-summer men’s line at the PGA Fashion and Demo Experience on Aug. 14-16 in Las Vegas, the company announced. Ahead also will introduce its latest Kate Lord products for women.

 

The Antigua Group recently debuted its 2017 women’s golf collection of apparel. The product line emphasizes simplicity, according to Danielle Dellios, Antigua’s women’s designer.

 

The World’s Largest Golf Outing helped raise almost $300,000 for Fisher House Foundation and Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation, organizers announced. Billy Casper Golf, which founded the seventh-annual event, said that 128 courses in 25 states participated.

 

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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