TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017
by Mike Purkey

It must have felt like a punch in the gut or a kick in the teeth. It was that stunning and swift. Matt Kuchar had Jordan Spieth on the ropes. To be more precise, Spieth entangled himself in the ropes after spending just under three hours unable to find the golf course with his tee shots in the final round of the British Open on Sunday.

And in a matter of an hour, Spieth climbed off the mat and delivered the blows that would bring him his first Open and his third major championship. It was an ending to a major the likes of which have not been seen in anyone’s memory.


Fox should have been taking notes 

I hope the Fox folks were watching the British Open telecast (“NBC rolls with twisting plot at Birkdale,” July 24, http://bit.ly/2twBKt0). That’s how it’s done. No trains, planes or automobiles to listen to (actually a little plane came over but lasted only a minute), and you could hear all announcers clearly and the players as well. Someone knows how to use directional mics well.



Number of places that Jordan Spieth improved in the Official World Golf Ranking, to second, after his victory in the British Open, according to Monday’s updated rankings. Spieth, who turns 24 on Thursday, swapped places with Hideki Matsuyama, who dropped to third, behind top-ranked Dustin Johnson (http://bit.ly/1ibwqPL).



Galvin Green, the Swedish golf clothier, has appointed John Furlong as its sales representative for the Arizona, Las Vegas and Southern California markets, the company announced. Furlong, a 2012 Kent State alumnus and former golfer for the Golden Flashes, also will represent Donald Ross Sportswear. He will be based in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Lukas Phillips, the newly appointed superintendent at Branson Hills Golf Club, expects ongoing improvements to the Branson, Mo., course to elevate its national stature. The changes include new cart-path curbing, improved fairway drainage, more forward tees and reduced underbrush at the course, which ranks No. 1 in Missouri on Golfweek magazine’s “Best Courses You Can Play” list.


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
July 31 - August 2
Men’s amateur: Bayonet Black Horse Amateur
Bayonet Black Horse (Bayonet), Seaside, Calif.
July 31 - August 5
Men’s amateur: Western Amateur
Skokie CC, Glencoe, Ill.

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