TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017
by Alex Miceli

Many young boys dream about winning the British Open, but few have the opportunity to grow up and accomplish the feat in their hometowns. Tommy Fleetwood will get that chance this week at Royal Birkdale.

With his distinctive shoulder-length, wavy, brown hair, Fleetwood will walk the fairways of his hometown links as the prohibitive favorite for many of the English golf fans and virtually all of the 90,000 or so inhabitants of Southport.


by John Gordon

A couple of weeks ago, after a round of golf, I was asked where this year’s British Open was taking place.

“Royal Birkdale,” I replied.

“Where’s that?”


“England? They have links courses there?”

(Keep in mind, our post-golf gathering in no way resembles an ad-hoc Mensa meeting. Or an AA meeting, for that matter. The two may be connected.)


by Gary Van Sickle

This has been a terrible year for golf. And by that, I mean that this has been a terrible year to wager on golf.

So says the man whom I call The Anonymous Gambler, who bets golf when the major championships roll around and is annoyed that very little has gone according to form.


by Alex Miceli

Lee Westwood faced the media Monday at Royal Birkdale, but the topic of discussion didn’t focus on this week’s British Open. At least, not right away.

Westwood recently split with agent Chubby Chandler and his ISM agency. The breakup of the 24-year relationship caught many golf observers off guard. 


Golf’s best test 

A big thanks for the wonderful article (“The Open stands alone as golf’s best event,” July 14, http://bit.ly/2vrzkwf).

Augusta National Golf Club is like some shrine that everyone has been led to believe, by Jim Nantz and CBS, is sacred ground. I much prefer playing and watching golf in Britain and Ireland. If you can play well there, you can play anywhere. 



Number of British Opens to have been contested at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, site of this week’s 146th Open, since the links course in Southport, England, was added to the rotation, beginning in 1954. The winners: Peter Thomson (1954 and ’65), Arnold Palmer (1961), Lee Trevino (1971), Johnny Miller (1976), Tom Watson (1983), Ian Baker-Finch (1991), Mark O’Meara (1998) and Padraig Harrington (2008).



Srixon announced the upcoming launch of its redesigned Q-Star golf ball. The two-piece ball will be available in Pure White and Tour Yellow colors in North America on Aug. 18.


Troon has joined the National Club Association’s Corporate Partner Program as a strategic-alliance partner, the golf-management company announced. The NCA lobbies on behalf of the private-club industry.


Bryson DeChambeau used the Bridgestone Tour B330 golf ball to win the John Deere Classic, his first PGA Tour title, the equipment manufacturer announced. DeChambeau also wore Bridgestone Golf’s Tour B Fit Glove, which will be available online and at select retailers in September.


Tin Cup, the stainless-steel ball marker, saluted Bryson DeChambeau for his inaugural PGA Tour victory in the recent John Deere Classic. DeChambeau uses a custom design of the ball-marking cup.


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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