by Adam Schupak

Phil Mickelson calls Patrick Cantlay the silent assassin and says he's talented enough to be a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team this fall. Cantlay is one of the game’s rising stars, but he takes so long to play a shot that you wonder whether it will be nightfall before he does so. On one shot during the recent Memorial Tournament, Cantlay looked at the hole 13 times before pulling the trigger. As CBS lead analyst Nick Faldo put it during the Sunday broadcast, “You've got time to make a coffee or double espresso while he’s over the ball.”



One in a weekly series of stories about golf gear to run each Wednesday.

By Gary Van Sickle

It’s a 90-minute drive from San Francisco to Monterey on a good day. On a bad day, U.S. Route 101 can resemble a maddening 18-wheeler caravan.

Shane Yang has three golfing daughters. The oldest, Megan, is a high school senior hoping to play Division I college golf. But the Yangs live in Cupertino while the girls’ golf instructor, Patrick Parrish, is based in Monterey. 

Why so much fuss about ‘a dead guy’?

When I write my weekly golf column for the White Bear Press, the headline I choose reflects what I am writing about. Why did you even bother to mention that Judy Rankin is the 2019 nominee for the Memorial Tournament? She gets three paragraphs, and a dead guy named Ted Ray gets the next 18 (“It’s time for Memorial to honor Ted Ray,” June 5)

Rankin has had a stellar career, and the article should have been about that and that alone. 



Number of times that T.J. Vogel has Monday-qualified for PGA Tour events this season. His latest success, for this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., actually was done on a Sunday, so as not to conflict with U.S. Open sectionals the next day. Vogel, 27, has made the cut in his past three Tour starts, including a T-16 at the Valspar Championship. Vogel has earned 51 non-member FedEx Cup points. He can qualify for the Tour Finals by earning as many points as No. 200 in the FedExCup standings, according to Sean Martin of Last year, it took 82 points to qualify for the Tour Finals (tee times).



The Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf

Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss Bryson DeChambeau, who won the Memorial Tournament using same-length clubs, and preview next week’s U.S. Open. On the Vertical Groove Hotline, Alex Miceli, the founder of Morning Read, analyzes the PGA Tour’s digital partnership with Discovery. And in Voices of The Game, Kelly Elbin chats with writer Dave Shedloski about Jack Nicklaus.

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.


Big Max will remove plastic from packaging of its push carts, reducing total packaging by 70 percent, the manufacturer said. Big Max said that in addition to increasing the proportion of recyclable materials in its packaging, the consumer will benefit with easier assembly.


In honor of Father’s Day on June 17, PeakVision is offering a 10-percent discount on orders made through PeakVision features models GX5, AV1 and LX2 sunglasses.


The top three finishers in the recent Tennessee State Open are products of host The Grove Club’s Rewards Program. The owners and members at the club in College Grove, Tenn., support promising golfers as they pursue professional careers. State Open champion Joey Savoie, runner-up Eric Ansett and Chas Narramore, who tied for third, are products of the Rewards Program.


Ben Hogan Golf Equipment launched a promotion for Father’s Day. With the purchase of any set of Ben Hogan forged irons, a utility iron or hybrid will be included.


On the latest episode of The ModGolf Podcast, host Colin Weston traveled to Washington for National Golf Day. He explored the future of golf via discussions with innovators who are changing the game.


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. 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

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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