FRIDAY  | JUNE 8, 2018
by Adam Schupak

Fifty years ago, Lee Trevino arrived at the U.S. Open as little more than a former driving-range pro from deep in the heart of Texas. After shooting an opening-round 69, Trevino sat by the practice green in a golf cart drinking beer at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., watching spectators stream past him under the pale light of obscurity. 

"Everyone thought I was with the maintenance crew," Trevino said. "I never signed an autograph, nothing. They had no idea who I was."

 



by Jeff Babineau 

As the U.S. Golf Association readies to pull up the long drive to Long Island’s stately Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for next week’s 118th U.S. Open, it’s no surprise that the 15-person USGA Executive Committee that oversees the championship comprises many of the usual suspects. There are blue-blazered bankers, corporate financiers and lawyers, as well as a highly respected retired rules official. 

But there’s only one of the 15 who, when the U.S. Open was played at Shinnecock in 1995, led the tournament after Day 1.

 


LPGA shortchanges its players

This week, the LPGA is playing a 54-hole tournament in New Jersey on a course that will measure 6,217 yards. That's less than the white tees at my club. 

These women are supposed to be the best in the world, yet they play courses laid out that don't allow the all-around best players to show their stuff.

 


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Number of violations during the opening round of the European Tour’s Shot Clock Masters, an innovative new tournament in which pace of play is monitored by a shot clock. Five threesomes finished in less than four hours Thursday. Sweden’s Oscar Lengden shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria, for a one-stroke lead over countryman Peter Hanson, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen. Each golfer in the 120-man field, if he is the first to play, has 50 seconds to play (tee shot, approach, chip or putt), with each succeeding competitor in the group allowed 40 seconds to play his shot. Players will incur a one-stroke penalty for each bad time incurred (scores).

 


Announced: Tee times for next week’s U.S. Open, headlined by the 1:47 p.m. Thursday pairing on No. 1 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.: Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods. According to the Official World Golf Ranking, that’s Nos. 1, 2 and 80, respectively. Based on major championships, however, the rankings look dramatically different: 1, 1 and 14, respectively (tee times).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Aquatrols, a manufacturer of soil surfactants and related products, has named Lee Schaber as agronomic services manager. The company, which is based in Paulsboro, N.J., and operates in more than 40 countries, focuses on conservation and health for turf, agriculture and horticulture.

 

The Annika Foundation extended congratulations to Arkansas’ Maria Fassi, who won the Annika Award as the nation’s top female college golfer. Fassi, a native of Pachuca, Mexico, completed her junior year.

 

Mike Miller, the son of Knollwood Country Club’s longtime head professional, recently qualified for the U.S. Open, the club in Elmsford, N.Y., announced. Bob Miller Jr. has been the head pro at Knollwood for 34 years.

 

The Dunes of Naples, a private residential community in Naples, Fla., is undergoing a $9.2 million construction project that will include a new clubhouse and expansion of other amenities. Completion is expected in January.

 


CALENDAR
June 6-9
Men’s amateur: Dogwood Invitational

Druid Hills GC, Atlanta

Men’s amateur: Palmetto Amateur

Palmetto GC, Aiken, S.C.

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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