by Steve Elling

By the standard set among its centuries-old brethren, Royal Birkdale was late to the championship cotillion.

The links course in Southport, England, was added to the British Open rotation in 1954 and hosts the 146th Open this week. Although Birkdale cracked the lineup after the dawn of the modern era, its list of winners is second to none. Indeed, of the eight players who have hoisted the Claret Jug at Birkdale, six already have been enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame and a seventh is a lock.


by Alex Miceli

Is bifurcation inevitable?

Martin Slumbers, the R&A’s chief executive, gave the impression Wednesday that two sets of rules in golf might become a reality.



Rank on the Tour money list for Nate Lashley, a native of Scottsbluff, Neb., who will be playing in the inaugural Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha, the developmental tour’s first event in Nebraska in four years.


In the news

Withdrew: From the British Open, Brandt Snedeker, who cited a rib injury. He was replaced in the field by James Hahn.

Awarded: By the U.S. Golf Association, the 2020 U.S. Junior Amateur to Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. Hazeltine will become the first club to host a U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Junior Amateur, according to the USGA.


Billy Casper Golf will operate Brentwood Golf Course in Jacksonville, Fla., the course-management company announced. The municipal facility had been leased by The First Tee of North Florida, which will continue to use the course for its Duval County programs.


Fourteen Golf reported top finishes for players using the companies wedges on the and LPGA tours last week. The runner-up at the Tour’s Utah Championship and players who finished T-5 and T-8 in the U.S. Women’s Open played Fourteen Golf’s RM-22 line of wedges.


Silvies Valley Ranch, a boutique resort in Silvies, Ore., is open to guests and travelers seeking an authentic Western ranch experience. The ranch, on U.S. 395 in eastern Oregon, between Bend and Boise, Idaho, features ranch-raised organic beef and chevon and multiple outdoor experiences, highlighted by two reversible 18-hole golf courses.


Carr Golf, a tour company that specializes in Ireland and Scotland, has been named the official travel provider for Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach, Fla. Paul Schmidt will act as a Florida-based travel concierge for Quail Valley members in planning international trips.


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.
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
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 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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