by Ron Kroichick

Think of the U.S. Amateur’s long history, stretching back to 1895, and one unmistakable and not-at-all surprising theme emerges: Golfers from California know how to handle themselves in the nation’s oldest tournament.

This extends beyond Tiger Woods, a three-time U.S. Amateur champion. Also consider past winners such as Lawson Little and Gene Littler. Or Craig Stadler and John Cook and Mark O’Meara. Or Nathaniel Crosby and Phil Mickelson and Ricky Barnes. Or, only two years ago, Bryson DeChambeau.

And now another large wave of talented players emerges from the Golden State, ready to chase the Havemeyer Trophy. 


by Steve Elling

It easily generated more aficionado angst and outright beefing than any other major in 2017, to the point where it practically drowned out the accomplishments of the winner.

The historically easy course setup at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in June gave bombers open access to unusually generous fairways, which fit Brooks Koepka, who mashed his way to a tournament-record-tying victory at 16 under.


No wonder golf can’t pick up pace

I applaud Justin Thomas for his victory in the PGA Championship (“Thomas grabs PGA trophy for his forebears,” Aug. 14, http://bit.ly/2w5IWR3), but I regret that he and many of his friends on the PGA Tour think nothing of illustrating to novice and experienced golfers alike that it is appropriate to walk from 80 yards out to the center of the 18th green with the entire nation of golfers watching – to do what? – inspect the green, a green to which he has played for the three previous days?


Found: Pain, anxiety and sleep medications, plus THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in Tiger Woods’ urine, according to a toxicology report released Monday by the Palm Beach (Fla.) County Sheriff’s Office, CNN reported Monday night. Woods, 41, was found asleep on a roadside in his 2015 Mercedes-Benz, with the engine running and damage to the vehicle, according to a Jupiter, Fla., police report. Woods was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence, although a Breathalyzer registered 0.000 for alcohol. Woods recently agreed to enter a DUI first-offender program, which typically would require a guilty plea to a lesser charge of reckless driving, South Florida media outlets have reported. His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 25. Woods, who has won 79 PGA Tour titles, including 14 major championships, has not competed since February as he recovers from numerous back surgeries.



Number of points that Cristie Kerr needs to win this week in the Solheim Cup to tie captain Juli Inkster for the most points in U.S. history, at 18½. The biennial matches against Europe begin Friday at Des Moines Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. The U.S. leads the series, 9-5.



Fourteen Golf reports that two of the top 10 finishers at the recent PGA Championship used the company’s clubs. One player used Fourteen Golf’s 58-degree RM-22 Tour Raw wedge, and another played the company’s Type 7 Utility Iron.


GolfTec’s SwingTRU Motion Study has been highlighted in the August issue of Golf Digest magazine. The study identifies specific body positions within the swing that correlate with handicap level and help improve distance, accuracy and consistent contact.


Arccos Golf added several features to the Arccos Caddie, the company announced. Refined machine learning and artificial-intelligence algorithms combine with persistent displays of wind and elevation data throughout the round, enhancing Arccos Caddie’s data-driven features.


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)
Web.com 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
August 24-27
PGA Tour: The Northern Trust
Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, N.Y.
Web.com Tour: WinCo Foods Portland Open
Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Ore.
European Tour: Made in Denmark
Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort, Farso, Denmark
LPGA: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Ottawa Hunt and GC, Ottawa, Ontario
August 25-27
Champions Tour: Boeing Classic
The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.
August 26-31
Men’s amateur: U.S. Senior Amateur
The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis

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