by Adam Schupak

Justin Thomas stalked his 36-foot bending birdie putt at the ninth green at Quail Hollow like a kitten sizing up a garden snake. At last, he squatted behind the ball and rolled his eyes upward. He trailed playing competitor Hideki Matsuyama by two strokes. He knew what he had to do, what this moment demanded of him.


by Mike Purkey

Rory McIlroy doesn’t know what he’s going to do. About anything. About his rib injury that hasn’t fully healed. About his flagging golf game. About his caddie. About whether he’s going to play the rest of the season or just shut it down until 2018.

This has been no better than a lost year for McIlroy. For the third straight year, he hasn’t won a major championship, and in 2017, he hasn’t even contended – in any of them.


by Steve Elling

The emotion was obvious, audible and heartfelt.

In fact, during a week mostly filled with golf-inflicted pain and suffering, as Justin Thomas walked off the 72nd green with his first major championship all but assured, he ran into a familiar face who seemed more overcome by the moment than was the winner.


by Alex Miceli

Phil Mickelson left Charlotte earlier in the PGA Championship than he would have liked. Although Mickelson, 47, hasn’t made a habit of missing cuts, his game no longer is in its prime.

With five major titles to his credit, Mickelson faces a window for winning a sixth that has closed.


Just say no to live golf on TV

I enjoyed your article and thought it was right on the mark (“PGA’s sappy promos: They’re ad nauseam,” Aug. 13,

The commercials have ruined golf on TV. That’s why my golf friends and I have decided never to watch live golf again. We record it and then let it get about 90 minutes ahead, then start watching the golf. We’ve been doing this for several years. Ninety minutes is about the time it takes to fast forward through the commercials and the other crap.



Number of strokes by which Ben Silverman won the Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship on Sunday in Springfield, Mo. Silverman birdied the par-5 18th hole at Highland Springs Country Club to shoot a final-round 5-under 67 for a 25-under 263 total to edge runner-up Talor Gooch (64). Chesson Hadley (67) finished third at 23-under 265 (scores: Silverman, 29, of Thornhill, Ontario, is the second consecutive Canadian to win the Springfield event, after Mackenzie Hughes won the 2016 edition en route to earning a PGA Tour card. Silverman earned $121,500 for the victory, jumping 36 spots on the money list, to 16th, and ensuring a spot alongside Hughes on the 2017-18 Tour.


August 14-20
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
August 17-20
European Tour: Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Golf Resort Bad Griesbach (Germany) Tour: News Sentinel Open
Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.
PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship
Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.
European Tour: Fiji International
Natadola (Fiji) Bay GC
August 18-20
Champions Tour: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.
LPGA: Solheim Cup
Des Moines CC, West Des Moines, Iowa

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