MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017
by Adam Schupak

The forecast for this week's British Open calls for howling winds, quirky bounces, and a major where par again will be a desirable score.

Regarded as one of golf's premier seaside courses, Royal Birkdale, site of the 146th Open, can turn nasty when the wind blows from the Irish Sea and the sun gives way to rain. Overlooking Birkdale is a lighthouse of which is said: "When you can't see the lighthouse, it is raining; when you can see it, it's going to rain."

 



by Alex Miceli

It took Rafael Cabrera-Bello nearly 5½ years, but he finally got his third victory on the European Tour.

Cabrera-Bello erased a four-stroke deficit Sunday with a final-round 8-under 64 and then prevailed on the first playoff hole against Callum Shinkwin to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in Irvine, Scotland.

 


by Dan O'Neill

Golf is a fickle game. It teases with success and lulls into security, then torments with failure and regret.

Nowhere is the ambivalence more evident than at a U.S. Golf Association national championship. Ask Phil Mickelson, who has played spectacularly enough to finish second in six U.S. Opens, but never win. 

 


USGA critics should draw line on China, too 

I read with interest your article in Morning Read about President Donald Trump's course hosting the U.S. Women's Open (“Moment of truth arrives for USGA and Trump,” July 10, http://bit.ly/2ub4Kub); “Players elect to keep Women’s Open apolitical,” July 12, http://bit.ly/2t47lWN).

I know that a lot of people are upset that the USGA did not move the event. If we go down that road, then why on earth are the PGA Tour and LPGA hosting tournaments in China, a country with a horrific record when it comes to human rights? These same entities, along with the NBA, which moved its all-star-game, had a serious problem with North Carolina's so-called bathroom law, but see no problem playing events in a country whose laws are far more onerous and repressive.

 


Died: William “Hootie” Johnson, the retired chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, on Friday. He was 86. Johnson famously resisted public pressure to allow women to join Augusta National, proclaiming in 2002 that they would be admitted on the club’s timetable and “not at the point of a bayonet.” Ten years later, with Billy Payne as club chairman, two women were welcomed as members. Johnson oversaw the lengthening of Augusta National – known as “Tiger proofing,” to counter the modern game and Tiger Woods – from 6,985 yards to 7,445.

 



1

Number of Tour victories for second-year pro Bryson DeChambeau, who birdied his final two holes Sunday to win the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic. DeChambeau, 23, finished at 18-under 266 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., edging Tour rookie Patrick Rodgers (70) by one stroke. Wesley Bryan (64) and Rick Lamb (66) tied for third at 16-under 268. DeChambeau, who won the 2015 NCAA title while at Southern Methodist before winning that summer’s U.S. Amateur, was making his 40th Tour start. He also earned the final spot for this week’s British Open via the Open Qualifying Series.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Arccos launched its Trade Up Program, which allows U.S. residents to exchange their unused or dated technology for credits toward the purchase of Arccos 360. The Arccos 360, a golf-performance tracking system, tracks every shot that a golfer hits.

 

Streamsong Resort announced two promotions among its golf staff in advance of the opening of the third course at the central Florida property. Chad Helms has been named head golf professional at Streamsong’s Red and Blue courses, and Matt Jordan has been promoted to head golf professional of the Black course, which is scheduled to open in September.

 

CALENDAR
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
July 24-29
Juniors: U.S. Girls’ Junior
Boone Valley GC, Augusta, Mo.
July 25-30
Men’s amateur: W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational
Bayou DeSiard CC, Monroe, La.
July 26-28
Men’s amateur: Francis Ouimet Memorial
The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.
July 27-30
PGA Tour: RBC Canadian Open
Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario
Men’s amateur: Midwest Cup
Eagle Creek GC, Willmar, Minn.
European Tour: Porsche European Open
Green Eagle GC, Hamburg, Germany
Web.com Tour: Digital Ally Open
Nicklaus GC at LionsGate, Overland Park, Kan.
LPGA: Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open
Dundonald Links, Troon, Scotland
Champions Tour: Senior British Open
Royal Porthcawl, Bridgend, Wales
July 28-30
Symetra Tour: FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship
Battle Creek (Mich.) CC

      
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