WEDNESDAY  | JUNE 13, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Tiger Woods laughed when he was told that he doesn’t have the biggest yacht in the marina this week. (His baby, the 155-foot Privacy, which he twice called a “dinghy” Tuesday morning, is moored in nearby Sag Harbor during the U.S. Open.)

You may take the reference to his yacht size literally, figuratively, metaphorically or symbolically. After a full decade without Woods having won a major championship, it’s another way of saying that he no longer is golf’s biggest swinging stick.

 



by Jeff Babineau

Each April, when the azaleas are in bloom and the Masters is upon us, there is a storyline sure to make an appearance: Fuzzy Zoeller, in 1979, was the last first-time Masters competitor to drive down Magnolia Drive and depart Augusta National that week with the champion’s green jacket. Certainly that will be a significant talking point next April on the 40th anniversary of Zoeller’s accomplishment. 

 


by John Hawkins

When Fox Sports swiped the U.S. Open television rights from NBC back in the summer of 2014, the incumbent network was blindsided by the move – and quite incensed. So agitated, in fact, that a Golf Channel higher-up asked one of its writers to knock out a short rant-and-rave piece on what some in the Peacock partnership considered to be an act of treason.

It took me about 20 minutes to honor the request. When the Angry Golfer shows up for work, the stiletto already has been sharpened.

 


‘The worst entertainment in golf’

Well, Gary Van Sickle, you rang my chimes again (“Kinder, gentler U.S. Open? Not at Shinnecock,” June 11).

I am not of the belief that our Open should be a bloodbath and the best golfers in the world should be reduced to blathering, bumbling hackers. Former USGA chief Joe Dey and the guys had their “fun,” and we watched guys hack out of 8-inch rough for a couple of decades.

 


Announced: By the PGA Tour, that the Houston Open will continue for five years. In a deal with Jim Crane, who owns baseball’s Houston Astros, the tournament will return to the Golf Club of Houston, where it has been held since 2003. However, the Houston Open will move from its customary spot in the week before the Masters to early October. The tournament will be sponsored by the Astros Foundation and carry a purse of $7.5 million.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: U.S. Open preview

In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts discuss our national championship's return to Shinnecock Hills. Dustin Johnson, who won the 2016 U.S. Open and is coming off a victory last week in Memphis, is the obvious favorite. Is Tiger Woods capable of becoming a major factor?


The Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf

Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. preview the 118th U.S. Open, with help and audio from Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. On the Vertical Groove Hotline, Morning Read’s Alex Miceli talks about Woods’ prospects. WFAN’s Ann Liguori shares her thoughts on the Open, and Greg Allen from RTE in Ireland handicaps the Europeans.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., announced three summer golf packages. The Play All Day Package starts at $109 per person and includes play on the Slammer & Squire or King & Bear courses, plus lunch, range balls and discounted admission to the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame. World Golf Village also offers packages for Florida and Georgia residents and for families.

 


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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