by Alex Miceli

Young and rich, Rory McIlroy seemingly has everything that he could have envisioned for himself as a golfer while growing up in Northern Ireland.

Yet the truth these days indicates a void as McIlroy prepares for today’s start of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (tee times: McIlroy hopes that his recent work after missing the cut last week in his homeland at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which benefits his foundation, was more of a fluke than a trend.


by Adam Schupak

Lee Trevino's summer of ’71 deserves to be celebrated among the best seasons of golf ever.

Trevino arrived at Royal Birkdale for the 100th British Open having defeated Jack Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open. An exhausted Trevino finished near the back of the pack the next week, at the Cleveland Open, but he claimed his second national title in three weeks with a sudden-death playoff victory at the Canadian Open.


by Ward Clayton

Granddaughter Molly’s dance recital, a recent wedding, booming new golf business and pending knee-replacement surgery in November keep Nancy Lopez hopping. At age 60, she has little time to reflect on one of women’s golf’s most inspiring careers or the missing piece, the U.S. Women’s Open, which falls on the calendar again this week.

“My golf mantra has always been to see people play happy, and I always said I played better when I played happy,” Lopez said. “That’s why I’m trying to encourage women to play golf. I want to make them comfortable in getting more into the game.”


Focus on Women’s Open, not Trump 

So, Dan O’Neill writes an article about players trying to keep the U.S. Women’s Open apolitical and then just tramples on the subject with his completely stupid tongue-in-cheek "Trumpminster" comment (“Players elect to keep Women’s Open apolitical,” July 12,

Your "reporting" is taking away from what should be the focus: the U.S. Women’s Open. How can I make such a statement? Dan writes, "Just one more problem: Those who would make the championship about him, not about the players, have shown up."



Number of times that Hale Irwin and Larry Nelson won at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Mo., where the Champions Tour’s Boone Valley Classic was played in 1996-2000. Championship golf returns to Boone Valley on July 24-29 when the club, 50 miles west of St. Louis, plays host to the U.S. Girls’ Junior. A record 1,503 players entered qualifying for the event, and for the first time entries for the U.S. Girls’ Junior have exceeded the number of entries for the U.S. Women's Amateur. The big numbers came after the USGA raised the age limit, from 18 to 19, and handicap restriction, from 18.4 to 9.4. Last year, South Korean Eun Jeong Seong became the first player in 45 years to repeat as champion. Seong, 17, is skipping this year’s event, presumably to turn pro.


In the news

Declined: By Ben Curtis, an exemption into next week’s British Open. Curtis, the 2003 British Open champion, did not offer a reason for declining the spot into the 146th Open, on July 20-23 at Royal Birkdale. He will be replaced by Tony Finau. Curtis has competed only twice this year: a missed cut in the Puerto Rico Open and a first-round withdrawal at the Texas Valero Open. He has slipped to No. 1,959 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The next three on the British Open alternate list, in order: James Hahn, Danny Lee and Jim Furyk.


Casa de Campo Resort and Villas is offering an Unlimited Golf Getaway stay-and-play package. The Caribbean resort at La Romana, Dominican Republic, features 63 holes of Pete Dye-designed golf, including the Teeth of the Dog course. The package must be booked by July 31, with travel byOct. 30.


Golf-management company Troon has named Jim Richerson as senior vice president of business development. Richerson, the secretary of the PGA of America, will relocate to Scottsdale, Ariz., where Troon is based.


Streamsong Resort will host the inaugural Streamsong Summer Classic next month. The four-ball event will be played Aug. 12-14 on the Red and Blue courses. In concert with the event, the resort is offering its Streamsong Summer Classic Package, starting at $328 per person, double occupancy, for a two-night stay.


Toro Co. will sponsor the Can Am Cup, which pits U.S. course superintendents against their Canadian counterparts. The Oct. 22-24 event will be played in New Jersey at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield and Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit.


The Inn and Club at Harbour Town has been recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine’s recent “World’s Best” list. The luxury boutique hotel on Hilton Head Island, S.C., has been named one of the top 100 hotels in the world and 10 best resort hotels in the South by the magazine.


International Club Suppliers, the sales and marketing arm for Entegra Procurement Services, has appointed Tri Nguyen as Northeast regional manager. ICS works with leading golf-course management companies such as Billy Casper Golf, Troon, OB Sports and others.


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. 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 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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