WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017
by Steve Elling

This line is sure to annoy the Brits, especially the ones with inferiority complexes. That the greatest player in England’s golf history is poking fun at the name of the only major played outside the United States will make it all the more aggravating.

Six-time major winner Nick Faldo, working this week as part of the NBC/Golf Channel crew at the 146th British Open at Royal Birkdale, a few days ago chided a questioner who referred to the oldest of the four majors as “The Open Championship.”

 



by Bill Fields

Going to a British Open at Turnberry for the first time, in 1994, when an American could call the championship that without being said to have a golf IQ lower than zero, I took in the usual things: lighthouse, Ailsa Craig, remnants of military airstrips when the property was utilized for a higher purpose during World War II. Foremost, though, on my maiden trip to those Scottish links, I tried to envision the scene there in 1977.  

Now it has been 40 years since the “Duel in the Sun,” and thousands of miles away from that golf holy land, I am thinking about it again. Of the tournaments during my lifetime that I didn’t attend, the epic Tom Watson-Jack Nicklaus Open is the one where I wish I had been on site. (Pre-1959, it would be the 1913 U.S. Open, narrowly, over the 1930 U.S. Amateur.)

 


by Alex Miceli

Frustration is part of any golfer’s life.

After all, the losses far outnumber the victories in golf, even for the best players.

For Peter Uihlein, a 27-year-old American on the European Tour, frustration has been linked more closely to his health than his tournament results.

 


by Alex Miceli

The merchandise tent at the British Open is not the experience that it once was.

The tent of today, where clothing with the Open logo tops the main list of products, is a far cry from the exhibitions of club makers, booksellers and travel operators that made the tent a must-see during past Opens.

This week, the R&A has introduced Hugo Boss as its main clothing supplier, replacing Ralph Lauren Polo.

 


Open prediction: Young guy who can putt 

I enjoyed your column on your picks for the British Open (“Put your money on Johnson, Spieth … and Stricker?” July 18, http://bit.ly/2uFOcLf).

I am definitely a Jordan Spieth fan. However, I’m a bit leery of him. You may remember he blew last year’s Masters with a big lead and did the same on the 17th and 18th holes in last year’s British Open.

 



5

Number of “champion golfers of the year,” as the British Open winners are known overseas, who will be part of the NBC/Golf Channel broadcast team for this week’s 146th Open at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. David Duval (2001), Nick Faldo (1987, '90, '92), Justin Leonard (1997), Johnny Miller (1976) and Mark O'Meara (1998), who won a combined seven Claret Jugs, will help call the action. Miller won at Royal Birkdale.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Ahead will feature new performance fabrics and styles in its 2018 spring-summer collection of headwear, the New Bedford, Mass., manufacturer announced. The new offerings for the Ahead and Kate Lord brands will debut at the PGA Fashion and Demo Experience on Aug. 14-16 in Las Vegas.

 

TecTecTec will celebrate the season’s third major championship with 10 percent off of its laser rangefinders during British Open week. Buyers also will receive free shipping, a two-year warranty and a 30-day full-refund guarantee when ordering at www.us.tectectec.com.

 

Antigua Group has introduced its summer collection of men’s golfwear. The new release incorporates six fresh designs, according to the Peoria, Ariz., manufacturer.

 

 

The remodeled clubhouse at Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has been recognized by Golf Inc. magazine. Frenchman’s Reserve, a Troon Privé-managed facility, received an honorable-mention award in the 2017 Clubhouse of the Year category in the July/August issue of Golf Inc.

 

David Beanblossom, who rose through the ranks to become superintendent at Chariot Run Golf Course in Laconia, Ind., has cheated death twice, according to a profile in Golf Course Management magazine. Beanblossom, 50, didn’t start working in golf until age 39, but his new career has proved to be life-changing, he said.

 

Fourteen Golf announced that Chris Adams has been retained to represent the club manufacturer on Florida’s West Coast market, from Tampa to Naples. Adams is a PGA professional who ran operations at private and public facilities in Florida in recent years.

 

Two renowned golf courses from Kauai, Hawaii, have been recognized by Golf Digest as being among the best courses in the Aloha State. Princeville Makai Golf Club and Poipu Bay Golf Course were named to the magazine’s best courses in the state.

 

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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