MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017
by Alex Miceli

Jordan Spieth grew up watching the most prolific golfer in a generation win 14 major championships, but Spieth’s performance Sunday in the British Open equaled anything that Tiger Woods has produced.

After having squandered a three-stroke lead on the front nine at Royal Birkdale, Spieth played his final five holes in an electrifying 5 under to hold off Matt Kuchar and win the Claret Jug (scores: Spieth, whose 24th birthday is July 27, joins Jack Nicklaus as the only golfers to have won three major championships before turning 24.


by Alex Miceli

If not for caddie Michael Greller, Jordan Spieth might not have left Royal Birkdale late Sunday as “champion golfer of the year.”

Since Spieth turned professional in 2013, Greller has been a constant presence on the bag, smoothing out what Spieth calls the ups and downs of the team. During the British Open, Greller may have executed his best performance.


by Steve Elling

Imagine the scene, just for laughs.

In the now-mythical videotape library in the bowels of Golf Channel’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla., some low-level staffer stands in front of the stack of archived material, wearing a confused look. Why? 

They don’t have a place on the shelves for fiction.


by Morning Read staff report

Las Vegas oddsmakers gave Jordan Spieth a good chance at winning the career Grand Slam next month.

Spieth, winner of Sunday’s British Open, was installed by Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as an 8-1 co-favorite to win the PGA Championship on Aug. 10-13 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.


Steely resolve 

I’ve never been a fan of Johnny Miller's self-promotion of his 63 [in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open], but I do think it would be grand to see these young guys play with 1970s irons, steel-shafted drivers and wound balata balls (“Lacking Grace, NBC’s Miller rips ‘easy’ setup,” July 23,



Number of career victories on the PGA Tour for Grayson Murray, who won the Barbasol Championship on Sunday in Opelika, Ala. Murray, 23, of Raleigh, N.C., shot 3-under 68 at RTJ Trail’s Grand National Course for a 21-under 263 total and one-stroke victory over Chad Collins (68), who birdied four of his final six holes. Scott Stallings, who led after a third-round 60, could manage only a closing 71 and tied for third at 19-under 265 with Brian Gay (65) and Tag Ridings (69).


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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