TUESDAY  | JUNE 12, 2018
by John Hawkins

The death of the U.S. Open occurred in the most unlikely of places: on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean under a sky so clear, even heaven seemed visible. Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate on one leg in double overtime. At a municipal course. On a Monday, no less.

In the 10 years since, our national championship has endured a prolonged stretch of bad luck, poor venue selections and outrageous scoring. Brooks Koepka won last year’s affair at 16 under. Even par used to win this tournament roughly half the time – emphasis on roughly. For all the PGA Tour events at which birdies rule, the U.S. Open had a distinct and somewhat divisive identity.

 



by Alex Miceli

An iconic golf course, by its very definition, has stood the test of time. It doesn’t need radical change or to be tricked up to host any tournament. Such a course would be ready at any time, with its architectural style and grace, to hold a U.S. Open.

Only a few courses in the country hold such character that, at a moment’s notice, they could pinch hit under demanding circumstances.

 


by Gary Van Sickle

The Career Grand Slam is Mount Rushmore for golfers. It is reserved for the greatest of the greats, those who captured all four modern major championships: Masters, U.S. and British Opens, PGA.

Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen and Tiger Woods completed the feat. Bobby Jones won the original “impregnable quadrilateral” (writer O.B. Keeler’s catchier phrase for what would become known as the Grand Slam) when it meant the U.S. and British Amateurs and Opens. He swept all four in 1930.

 


Backstopping sets wrong tone for golf

A while ago, my wife and I were watching a tournament on TV, as we do every week, and someone did not mark his ball on the green while the other golfer played. I immediately wondered what was going on. It happened again, and I wondered whether these new young bucks were getting together to help one another out.

Now it has a name – backstopping – and probably its own Twitter handle. In my opinion, it’s cheating.

 


6

Number of players who were added to complete the field for this week’s U.S. Open, the U.S. Golf Association announced Monday. Two were exempted via the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking: No. 52 Emiliano Grillo and No. 57 Byeong Hun An. Four were added as first alternates from their respective sectional qualifiers: Ryan Evans, Rikuya Hoshino, Scott Piercy and Ted Potter Jr. The 118th U.S. Open begins Thursday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. (tee times).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Puma Golf will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its suede shoe with the launch of the Throwback Collection, including the Suede G model, the company announced. The shoe mimics the classic 1968 model but with modern features and materials. It will retail for $120.

 

Global Turf Equipment has launched a new website that it designed to service the growing international market for used golf-course equipment. GTE’s site atwww.globalturfinternational.com displays refurbished equipment for sale in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe.

 

Youth on Course has distributed $245,000 in scholarships among 19 high school graduates, the non-profit organization announced. Youth on Course subsidizes green fees for youngsters in 25 states and regions.

 

Lacoste disclosed that Daniel Berger will be wearing a variety of the clothier’s products during this week’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Berger will be clad in different versions of Lacoste’s sport polo each day.

 

SubAir introduced its TurfWatch technology, which gives turf-maintenance staff instant access to subsoil conditions via smartphones, tablets or computers. TurfWatch is designed to communicate subsurface conditions with the control center of the company’s SubAir system.

 

Red Ledges has added a set of Golden Bear tees to its Jack Nicklaus Signature course in Heber Valley, Utah, officials announced. The forward tees, strategically set into fairways, will play at about 3,700 yards and are designed for juniors, new players or golfers with slower swing speeds.

 


CALENDAR
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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