MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017
by Mike Purkey

Just before Justin Thomas was about to finish off his record-setting 63 in the third round of the U.S. Open, he sat on the edge of his golf bag and waited for Jonathan Randolph to finish batting his ball back and forth across the 18th green at Erin Hills.

Thomas extended his arms and held out his hands to see if they were vibrating. They were dead still. He got up and calmly rolled in the 8-foot eagle putt to make history.


by Barry Cronin

Tim “Rock” Raines was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, but “America’s pastime” isn’t the only sport that he loves. 

“We lived on a golf course outside Orlando, but I never played,” Raines, 57, recalled earlier this year, as we drove to the Chicago Golf Show, where he was to make an appearance as part of a Hall-of-Fame Weekend promotion. “My sons [Tim Jr. and Andre] had been playing. I had the time, so I decided to give it a try.” 


It’s time for ‘ready golf’ 

On TV, I don't really notice slow play by any individuals, because the broadcast is constantly switching to whichever golfer is about to hit his next shot. Only when it's the final group or two and they have nowhere else to cut to do you notice the long time it takes to get yardages, select a club and line up putts. I can forgive that (a little) because they're playing for thousands of dollars and prestigious titles.



Number of victories on the European Tour for rookie Jordan Smith, in his 25th career start, after the Englishman prevailed in a two-hole playoff with Alexander Levy on Sunday to win the Porsche European Open. Levy, of France, had missed a would-be winning 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th at Green Eagle Golf Course in Hamburg, Germany. Smith, who graduated from the Challenge Tour last year, shot 1-under 71 on Sunday to tie Levy (69) atop the leaderboard at 13-under 275. Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh (68) and Johan Edfors (70) of Sweden tied for third at 11-under 277.


In the news

Suspended: From his position as tournament director of the RBC Canadian Open, Brent McLaughlin, according to Golf Canada. McLaughlin was not present during the weekend rounds at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. In a news conference, Laurence Applebaum, the chief executive officer of Golf Canada, would not elaborate on McLaughlin’s abrupt ouster during the middle of Canada’s national championship. Longtime tournament official Bill Paul took over at Glen Abbey. McLaughlin’s status for the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open on Aug. 24-27 was not disclosed.

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.
August 2-5
Men’s amateur: Palmetto Amateur
Palmetto GC, Aiken, S.C.
August 3-6
LPGA: Ricoh Women’s British Open
Kingsbarns Golf Links, Fife, Scotland Tour: Ellie Mae Classic
TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif.
PGA Tour: WGC Bridgestone Invitational
Firestone CC (South), Akron, Ohio
PGA Tour: Barracuda Championship
Montreux G&CC, Reno, Nev.
August 4-6
Champions Tour: 3M Championship
TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.
Symetra Tour: PHC Classic
Brown Deer Park GC, Milwaukee

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