SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
by Alex Miceli

When Andrew Ingram spoke with his Great Britain and Ireland players about their troubles on the first day of the 46th Walker Cup, the captain could have pointed to one key area: the back nine. It changed the complexion of Saturday’s matches from a dogfight to a pillow fight as the U.S. took an 8-4 lead at Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course.

After halving the morning foursomes, a format in which the Americans historically have struggled, the hosts looked to the eight singles matches as their salvation.

 



by Alex Miceli

In an era of extraordinary length in golf, finding a 78-yard par 3 at an international competition would seem to be preposterous. Yet, for the 46th Walker Cup at Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course, the U.S. Golf Association set up the normally 133-yard par-3 15th hole at 78 yards for Saturday’s afternoon singles session.

It was the shortest par 3 in the USGA’s recorded history.

The move proved to be brilliant. Each shot taken by the 14 players who reached the 15th hole excited the fans who encircled the tee and green.

 


2

Number of strokes by which Scott Hend led the Omega European Masters before third-round play was suspended Saturday because of darkness. Although Hend, of Australia, birdied the par-3 13th hole at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans Montana, Switzerland, as play was halted, he was only 2 over for the day but 11 under for the tournament. England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti and South Africa’s Darren Fichardt were tied for second at 9 under. Earlier, fog in the Swiss Alps had halted play for nearly 2½ hours (scores: http://bit.ly/2wMJrQF).

 



Contour maps give pros an edge

This is not to detract from the astounding skills that the PGA Tour pros exhibit every week, but equipment evolution and training regimens aren't the only reasons why we see such extraordinary things. Two areas that deserve mention in the realm of low scores are the contour maps provided for greens and the condition and consistency of the bunkers.

With putting making up about 50 percent of the strokes on the card, it is an incontrovertibly huge advantage to know how the ball will break, in particular on long putts. Arguably, a 15-handicapper would be an 11 with a book of contour maps being available in pro shops of every course we play.

 


CALENDAR
September 7-10
European Tour: Omega European Masters
Cans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland
September 8-10
Champions Tour: Japan Airlines Championship
Narita (Japan) GC
Symetra Tour: Garden City Charity Classic
Buffalo Dunes GC, Garden City, Kan.
September 9-10
Men’s amateur: Walker Cup
Los Angeles CC (North)
September 9-14
Women’s amateur: U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
Waverley CC, Portland, Ore.
September 14-17
PGA Tour: BMW Championship
Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, Ill.
Web.com Tour: Albertsons Boise Open
Hillcrest CC, Boise, Idaho
European Tour: KLM Open
The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands
LPGA: Evian Championship
Evian Resort GC, Evian-les-Bains, France
September 15-17
Champions Tour: Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
Bear Mountain Resort, Victoria, British Columbia
Symetra Tour: Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout
Mystic Creek GC, El Dorado, Ark.
September 15-19
Club pros: PGA of America PGA Cup
Foxhills Club and Resort, Bernard Hunt GC, Ottershaw, England

      
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