TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017
by Ward Clayton

Arnold Palmer has been justly honored at nearly every golf stop on the calendar this year, from Bay Hill to Augusta to the U.S. Open and British Open. The past Sunday in Canada was Arnold Palmer Day – with grandson Sam Saunders in contention – to recall the 1955 Canadian Open, Palmer’s first professional title.

This week’s Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, also will memorialize Palmer, who died Sept. 25 at age 87. On Wednesday, a stone bridge on Firestone Country Club South’s lengthy par-5 16th hole – for which he came up with the nickname “The Monster” – will be renamed “Arnold Palmer Bridge.” A charity walk in Palmer’s honor will help raise money for two prominent area children’s hospitals.

 



by Jim Moriarty

What a wonderful game of Clue this is. What makes Jordan Spieth so damn good? He slayed them in Augusta with a pipe wrench, poisoned them in the Pacific Northwest and bludgeoned them at Birkdale with a candlestick. And no one can quite figure out what makes his time bomb tick. It’s a delicious mystery.

 


What’s next for a golfer with two minds? 

Mike Purkey’s article (“Mind game: Same golfer, disparate results,” July 31, http://bit.ly/2uO9oxv) called up unpleasant memories from as recently as this past Sunday morning.

Many times, I’ll have a great front nine, then have a back-nine letdown that ranges from slight disappointment to outright wheels-fall-off frustration.

 


Fired: By Rory McIlroy, his caddie of nine years, J.P. Fitzgerald, according to a report by Reuters. McIlroy has not confirmed the news. He is entered in this week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, where he is expected to have childhood friend Harry Diamond on the bag, according to The Telegraph of London. Diamond, who grew up with McIlroy in Holywood, Northern Ireland, was the best man at McIlroy’s wedding in April. They also are expected to team for next week’s PGA Championship, The Telegraph reported. With Fitzgerald, McIlroy, 28, won all four of his major championships and ascended to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He has slipped to No. 4 and gone winless in 13 starts, dating to his victory in the Tour Championship in September.

 



7-1

Odds for favorite Jordan Spieth to win the PGA Championship next week and complete the career Grand Slam, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Rory McIlroy, who holds two career victories at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., site of the PGA, was the second choice, at 15-2. Dustin Johnson rated third at 10-1, followed by Rickie Fowler, at 15-1. Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm were listed at 20-1.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Cleveland Golf will launch the Cleveland CBX Wedges, a line of cavity-back clubs that the company says will have wide appeal with the 84 percent of golfers who use game-improvement irons. The CBX Wedges, in lofts of 46 through 60 degrees, are scheduled to launch in North America on Sept 15.

 

Ahead has appointed Chris Tamas as national sales manager for Canada, the apparel maker announced. During the past three years, Tamas had served in a similar capacity for Pukka Headwear in Canada. From 2006 to 2009, Tamas was brand manager for Ahead for Second Skin Garment Co.

 

CALENDAR
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
Web.com 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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