SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017
by Alex Miceli

It’s over. The only thing in doubt is the final score of the 15th Solheim Cup.

Twelve American women have taken the Europeans to the brink with a 10½-5½ lead through two days at Des Moines Country Club. A 37-under performance in Saturday’s four-ball session produced a 3-1 session victory, netting seven of eight points over two days in better-ball play (scores: http://bit.ly/1zkYSEX).

 



by Steve Elling

So far, so fast.

This week isn’t so much a reinvention but a reincarnation.

LPGA veteran Cristie Kerr, often the focal point of the U.S. team’s lamentable performances over the years in the Solheim Cup matches, in the span of 25 months has turned from scapegoat to G.O.A.T.

 


by Ted Bishop

Is a move to May actually better for the long-term health of the PGA Championship?

In May 2015, I took three friends on a golf trip to the New York City area. The outing had been scheduled during the winter, and Bethpage Black, site of the 2019 PGA Championship, was one of our destinations. Unfortunately, I received a call that spring from Joe Rehor, the longtime PGA professional at Bethpage, informing me that we would need to make other arrangements because the course would not open until sometime after Memorial Day because of turf damage from winter kill.

 


Keep Solheim telecast festive 

This is exactly what the viewers don't want to hear about during the tournament (“NBC/Golf Channel ignores Solheim subplot,” Aug. 19, http://bit.ly/2vO7FJ0).

Way too much broadcast time during golf tournaments is spent on stories and interviews while golf is being played that we want to see, especially during match play, when shots mean something to every hole, not a four-day total. 

 



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Number of times that one college has swept the men’s and women’s U.S. Amateur titles in a summer, but that could change today. Texas senior Doug Ghim will meet Doc Redman in the U.S. Amateur final at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Ghim, 21, of Arlington Heights, Ill., could join Sophia Schubert, the recent women’s champion, as national champions for Texas. Ghim defeated Theo Humphrey, 21, a Vanderbilt senior from Greenwich, Conn., 2 and 1 in the semifinals. Redman, 19, a Clemson sophomore from Raleigh, N.C., defeated Mark Lawrence Jr., 20, a Virginia Tech junior from Richmond, Va., 1 up (scores: http://bit.ly/2wWNUN6).

 


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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