MONDAY  | JUNE 11, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the United States Open turned into a wimp. 

Maybe it began in 2008 when the U.S. Golf Association tried out a drivable par 4 at Torrey Pines. Can you imagine former USGA warlords such as P.J. Boatwright or Joe Dey doing that? Never.


by Dan O’Neill

We live in a time in which the Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions, the Houston Astros are World Series winners and the Washington Capitals just won the Stanley Cup. 

It’s official: Anything is possible. 

Or is it? As the U.S. Golf Association brings its premier championship to Shinnecock Hills this week, 2017 U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka is the only participant playing the match game. It’s been a fragmented 2018 for Koepka, who endured a torn tendon in his left wrist, a missed Masters and months of rehab. But more recently, despite a bone that keeps dislocating in the same wrist, he has returned in impressive fashion.


In defense of Seaview’s Bay Course

In response to a letter from Charlie Jurgonis (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 8), I'd like to offer the following:

Firstly, the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club’s Bay Course that the LPGA played during the recent ShopRite LPGA Classic might measure only 6,200 yards, but it could be the best overall test of the year. The players hit every club in their bag while simultaneously being terrified over each one of them. It's an exacting masterpiece that, apart from the occasionally bumpy Poa annua greens, never draws anything but the highest of praise from the players. 



Number of courses to have hosted the U.S. Open in three centuries. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., site of this week’s 118th U.S. Open, also played host to the 1896 Open (won by James Foulis) and Opens in 1986 (Raymond Floyd), 1995 (Corey Pavin) and 2004 (Retief Goosen) (tee times).



In its second season, the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series has grown to five events in three states. Play begins this month with the Sizzler Amateur at Troon North’s Monument Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. The series concludes with the Saguaro Amateur at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes in Maricopa, Ariz., in January.


Streamsong (Fla.) Resort announced a special summer stay-and-play package for Florida residents. Pricing starts at $173 per person for play on Streamsong’s Black, Red and Blue courses. The Streamsong Florida Resident Summer Golf Getaway package runs from June 17 to Sept. 5.


Cobra Puma Golf announced the attire that two of its top young golfers will wear for this week’s U.S. Open. Bryson DeChambeau and Rickie Fowler will dress in apparel and footwear from Cobra Puma’s spring/summer collection at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.


Women’s Golf Day put the spotlight on female participation, with eight more countries/territories joining the worldwide initiative June 5. Egypt, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Uganda brought to 58 the number of participating nations.


The Pinnacle Course at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., is undergoing a four-month renovation to its greens and bunkers. Pinnacle, one of two Tom Weiskopf-designed courses at the club, closed June 5 and is expected to reopen in October. The Monument Course, which underwent similar work last summer, will remain open for daily-fee play.


Big Max has introduced its golf bags to the U.S., with styles ranging from a lightweight stand bag to a full-size cart bag. The five models will retail from $179.99 to $299.99.


Ahead introduced new caps in the Jack Nicklaus Majors Collection to coincide with this week’s U.S. Open. The newest headwear comes in red and blue, with the U.S. flag and number “4,” which represents Nicklaus’ total of U.S. Open victories.


June 13-15
Women’s amateur: Women’s Porter Cup

Niagara Falls CC, Lewiston, N.Y.

June 13-16
Men’s amateur: Southwestern Amateur

Desert Mountain Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Men’s amateur: Monroe Invitational

Monroe GC, Pittsford, N.Y.

Men’s amateur: Sunnehanna Amateur

Sunnehanna CC, Johnstown, Pa.

June 14-17
PGA Tour: U.S. Open, Shinnecock Hills GC

Southampton, N.Y.

LPGA: Meijer LPGA Classic

Blythefield CC, Grand Rapids, Mich.

June 15-17
Symetra Tour: Decatur-Forsyth Classic

Hickory Point GC, Decatur, Ill.

June 17-20
Club pros: PGA Professional Championship

Bayonet Black Horse, Seaside, Calif.

June 17-21
Juniors: Western Junior

Evanston GC, Skokie, Ill.

June 17-23
Men’s amateur: British Amateur

Royal Aberdeen GC, Aberdeen, Scotland

June 18-20
Juniors: Pepsi Little People's Golf Championships

Westview GC, Quincy, Ill.

June 18-21
Boys junior: Western Junior

Evanston GC, Skokie, Ill.

June 20-23
Men’s amateur: Northeast Amateur

Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, R.I.

Men’s amateur: Rice Planters Amateur

Snee Farm CC, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

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