FRIDAY  | JUNE 1, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Golf is full of world-beaters. They never stop coming. That is a scary thought, even for some of the world-beaters.

One of Thursday’s stars at the Memorial Tournament was Joaquin Niemann of Chile. He is only 19 years old, but he shot 7-under 65 at Muirfield Village Golf Club to share the first-round lead and, if you were being honest, he might be the greatest golfer in Chile’s history. When he was asked about it, he laughed softly, flashed a bright smile and quickly answered, “I don’t want to say that.”

 



‘Slobbering Woods mania’

I didn’t realize that Tiger Woods was the only one competing at the upcoming U.S. Open. Yet, that is the very conclusion that one could reasonably come to from reading Gary Van Sickle’s piece (“ ‘Open Season’ begins at Jack’s place,” May 31).

I might have thought that the article would have been more about the venue, the real competitors, the coverage, or anything else other than Woods worship.

 


A MESSAGE FROM
CASA DE CAMPO

What happens when the greatest golf course architect in the modern era plies his considerable imagination and skill on one of the most beautiful spots on Earth? Well, you get one of the special places to play the game of golf at Pete Dye’s glorious Teeth of the Dog layout at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in the Dominican Republic. 

 


3

Number of players who shared the lead after the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open on Thursday. Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, South Korea’s Jeongeun6 Lee and Australia’s Sarah Jane Smith shot 5-under 67s at Shoal Creek (Ala.) Club, which finally got a day of sunshine after the remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto drenched the suburban course for with more than 4 inches of rain during the preceding 48 hours. The U.S. Golf Association, true to form, did not allow preferred lies. Americans Michelle Wie and Danielle Kang shared fourth place at 3-under 69 with Swedish amateur Linn Grant, who intends to enroll at Arizona State in the fall. And, no, that’s not a typo in the name of Jeongeun6 Lee. She uses the number at the end of her first name because she is the sixth player with that name in Korean LPGA history (scores).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Westmoreland Country Club in Export, Pa., recently began a bunker-renovation project that is expected to be completed in time for the Pro-Member Stag Tournament on June 13. Superintendent Bill Stowers is overseeing the project, with Heritage Links, a golf course construction company, serving as contractor.

 


CALENDAR
May 31 - June 3
LPGA: U.S. Women’s Open

Shoal Creek (Ala.) Club

PGA Tour: Memorial Tournament

Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio

European Tour: Italian Open

Gardagolf CC, Lake Garda, Italy

Web.com Tour: Rex Hospital Open

TPC Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C.

June 5
Industry: Women’s Golf Day
June 6-9
Men’s amateur: Dogwood Invitational

Druid Hills GC, Atlanta

June 7-10
PGA Tour: FedEx St. Jude Classic

TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.

Web.com Tour: Rust-Oleum Championship

Ivanhoe Club, Mundelein, Ill.

European Tour: Shot Clock Masters

Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria

June 8-10
Women’s amateur: Curtis Cup

Quaker Ridge GC, Scarsdale, N.Y.

Symetra Tour: Four Winds Invitational

Blackthorn GC, South Bend, Ind.

LPGA: ShopRite LPGA Classic

Stockton Seaview Hotel and GC, Galloway, N.J.

Champions: Principal Charity Classic

Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa


      
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