by Gary Van Sickle

Here’s the answer to today’s trivia question: Dustin Johnson. 

And here’s today’s question: Who’s the No. 1 golfer in the world, according to the official rankings and their decimal points?

I can hear you gasp, your breath escaping in a confused rush of air, like an orangutan jumping on an accordion.


by Ron Kroichick

One of the world’s best, most dynamic, popular basketball players will dress like a golfer for the next two days. He will show his boundless passion for the game, hit some good shots (and several bad ones) and continue to praise the abundant skills of players on the Tour. 

How is this bad for golf?

It’s really not.


Move to Valhalla would signal PGA sellout

I suppose everyone has the right to his opinion, and Ted Bishop certainly deserves his, being a former president of the PGA of America, but I think it would be a huge mistake to make permanent the site of Valhalla Golf Club for both the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup (“PGA, Ryder Cup belong at Valhalla,” Aug. 2,



Position in the Rolex Rankings for American Lexi Thompson, a career high, entering this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Golf Links in St. Andrews, Scotland (tee times: Earlier this year, Thompson hired caddie Kevin McAlpine, who used to loop at Kingsbarns.


Withdrew: From this week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational and next week’s PGA Championship, Martin Kaymer, who cited an injury to his left shoulder. Kaymer, of Germany, won the 2010 PGA.



KemperSports has been selected to manage Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va., the management company announced. Golden Horseshoe features three layouts: the 18-hole Gold and Green courses and the nine-hole Spotswood.


Reynolds Lake Oconee, home to the Reynolds Kingdom of Golf club-fitting center, offers a Fall Club Fitting & Golf Escape package. The package includes two rounds of golf on The Preserve, Landing and National courses and a club-fitting session at the Greensboro, Ga., resort.


Apparel maker Galvin Green has hired Charlie Greene as the sales representative for Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. Greene, who is based in Denver, also works with Donald Ross Sportswear.


The midyear average rate per round rose at golf courses in four of five key markets measured in the ORCA Report released Wednesday. Phoenix, Tucson, Palm Springs and San Francisco courses recorded higher average rates per round while Chicago posted a downturn, according to the report.


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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