FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017
by Alex Miceli

Annika Sorenstam, captain of the European Solheim Cup team, was flying home to the U.S. from the Women’s British Open in Scotland last week with a plan in place.  

Sorenstam knew for a long time what she believed would be her top eight qualifiers, the nucleus of Europe’s team for this week’s biennial Solheim Cup matches. During the past couple of months, she whittled her potential captain’s picks from eight to six to the four whom she eventually named Aug. 6 after the finish at Kingsbarns.

 



by Dan O’Neill

We have seen it over and over during the past two years. There were the television call-ins, first with Dustin Johnson at Oakmont, then with Anna Nordqvist at CordeValle. The U.S. Golf Association promised to handle things better, to eliminate the awkwardness and clarify the rules. It took steps to do so.

 


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Score, an eagle, made by Matt Every on the par-4 first hole at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., en route to a bogey-free 9-under 61 and the lead in the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship. Every holed a wedge from 106 yards. A two-time winner on Tour, Every, 33, has made only seven cuts in 29 starts this season. Henrik Stenson shot a bogey-free 62. Webb Simpson, a North Carolinian who played college golf at nearby Wake Forest, and Harold Varner, who grew up in Gastonia and played at East Carolina, were among seven players tied for third at 63 (scores: http://bit.ly/2iaqCRq).

 



Halted: By a federal judge in Augusta, Ga., the online sale of three of Augusta National Golf Club’s iconic green jackets, including one that belonged to a two-time Masters champion, the late Byron Nelson, according to The Augusta Chronicle. The auction, conducted by Green Jacket Auction of Tampa, Fla., began Aug. 2 and was scheduled to close Saturday. An attorney for Augusta National told the court that the club never has sold or given away a green jacket, which club policy mandates be worn by members and only at the club during the Masters. A tournament winner can take his green jacket home, but only during the first year as champion.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Spectators at golf events can realize health gains similar to those of the competitors, according to a study released by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in conjunction with the Golf and Health Project. The study, believed to be the first to assess spectator physical activity while watching golf, found that of fans surveyed, 82.9 percent met daily step-count levels, averaging 11,589 steps. The study suggests that golf spectating can be a healthy physical activity.

 

CALENDAR
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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