MONDAY  | JUNE 4, 2018

Go ahead. Do as much homework as you’d like. Make assumptions, make predictions and prognosticate till your heart’s content. You simply never know what you’re going to get in a golf championship. 

The LPGA might be the definitive example. Coming to Alabama last week, the tour had conducted 13 tournaments and featured 13 different champions. 

 



by Gary Van Sickle

What we learned at the Memorial Tournament over the weekend was less important than what we didn’t learn.

Which is, who should be the favorite for next week’s U.S. Open? Who’s the man to beat going into Shinnecock Hills? 

The correct answer is 1) I don’t know; 2) There isn’t one; or 3) I forgot the question.

 


by Jeff Babineau

Each of golf’s four major championships owns a distinct personality. The Masters is played at the same venue each year, and the British Open is the world’s oldest major. Both pay homage to champions and their past. The PGA Championship adds 20 club professionals into what annually is one of the strongest fields of the season.

The U.S. Open? It perennially stands as the toughest test (last year’s edition at Erin Hills being an exception), but it also extends open arms to players of all backgrounds. Roughly half of the competitors in the U.S. Open's 156-man field qualify to be there. The 118th U.S. Open field will near completion following today’s staging of a U.S. Open sectional qualifier in England and 10 others scattered across the U.S. (A sectional in Japan was played May 21.) (scores).

 


Mixed signals

Thanks, CBS, for the lousy coverage of the Memorial Tournament.

Not everybody in the world lives their lives by their phones. We watched the early coverage Sunday and expected to watch the tape delay. And what did we get? When we left the early coverage, Tiger Woods was on hole No. 4 or 5, and then we start watching CBS and the leaders are on No. 17, for crying out loud. And then after it’s over, CBS starts broadcasting where Woods and the others left off after the early coverage ended.

 


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Score, a birdie, on the second playoff hole for Bryson DeChambeau as he won the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament on Sunday. DeChambeau had tied with Byeong Hun “Ben” An and Kyle Stanley at 15-under 273 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Stanley was eliminated with a bogey on the first sudden-death hole, the par-4 18th, as DeChambeau and An matched pars. DeChambeau, 24, posted his second Tour victory in as many seasons. Tiger Woods, a five-time Memorial winner, tied for 23rd (scores).

 


Accepted: An invitation to the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship, Brittany Lincicome, an eight-time winner on the LPGA. The tournament will be played July 19-22, opposite the British Open and during an off week for the LPGA, at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky. Lincicome is sponsored by Pure Silk, a brand that is owned by Perio, which also owns the shaving brand Barbasol. She ranks sixth on the LPGA in driving distance, at 272 yards. That distance would rank 206th on the PGA Tour. Lincicome, 32, is married to Dewald Gouws, a long-drive competitor. Lincicome would join such female players as Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley, Michelle Wie and Babe Zaharias in competing at the top level of the men’s game.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Tiger at Memorial

In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts discuss Tiger Woods’ latest hot-and-cold performance and assess his chances at next week’s U.S. Open.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Golf Genius Software has been named presenting sponsor of the 2018 Writer Cup, according to officials at Forsgate Country Club of Monroe Township, N.J., which hosts the event. The Writer Cup, to be played July 26, pits media members from Philadelphia and New Jersey against their counterparts from metropolitan New York and national outlets in a better-ball format.

 

Ping introduced the PLD3 putter, a mid-mallet design highlighted by a multi-colored copper sole plate with a unique pattern for each club. The putter features a white full-length sightline set against the dark club head to help improve alignment. The putter retails for $435.

 


CALENDAR
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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