by Alex Miceli

A day earlier, I had written about how links golf was the great equalizer (“Birkdale levels playing field for Open hopefuls,” July 21, Nothing makes the case more than Friday’s crazy day at Royal Birkdale. For each player under par (eight), nearly 20 were over.

The leaderboard changed as much as a mother changes a newborn’s diapers. Charl Schwartzel, Justin Thomas, Stuart Manley, Martin Laird and Daniel Berger were within three or fewer shots of the 5-under lead of Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar when they day began.


by Alex Miceli

The best golfers in the world struggled around Royal Birkdale on Friday, but Mark O’Meara thought it was more of a walk in the park. At least, that’s what his second-round score in the British Open indicated.

O’Meara shot even-par 70 in stormy conditions, showing the guile and experience that he used in winning the 1998 Claret Jug at one of the most difficult courses in the Open rota.


by Steve Elling

As far as vocations are concerned, the new job requirements for Jim “Bones” Mackay resemble the list of fabled, baseline expectations from his old gig as a longtime PGA Tour caddie.

Show up, keep up, shut up.


The perks of being golden 

So, Lexi Thompson mismarks her ball, gets a four-shot penalty and loses a major (“4-stroke penalty stuns Thompson at ANA,” April 3, Anna Nordqvist touches one grain of sand on her backswing, picked up by a hi-def camera used for spying on fleas on the moon, and incurs a two-shot penalty and loses a major. Jon Rahm blatantly mismarks his ball, no penalty, wins tournament (“Rahm worsens error by not seeking penalty,” July 10,



Score, an eagle, that Matt Davidson made on the first hole Friday in the Tour’s Pinnacle Bank Championship, sparking a 6-under 65 and the second-round lead. Davidson stands at 9-under 133 through 36 holes at The Club at Indian Creek in Omaha, Neb. Beau Hossler (66), Sam Ryder (67) and Justin Hicks (69) share second place at 8-under 134.



The proposal to combine holes from the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses in Chicago into a Tiger Woods-designed course won approval from the Jackson Park Advisory Council’s golf course committee. In a meeting earlier this week, the committee reaffirmed its support for the project.


July 17-22
Juniors: U.S. Junior Amateur
Flint Hills National GC, Andover, Kan.
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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