FRIDAY  | JUNE 15, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Shinnecock Hills didn’t waste any time re-introducing itself to American golf Thursday morning.

Amateur Garrett Rank, a National Hockey League official in real life (and a Canadian), was close to the 10th green in two shots while playing the first hole of his first U.S. Open. He faced a delicate pitch shot that he deftly deposited on the putting surface … temporarily. 


by Alex Miceli

Tiger Woods shot 8-over 78 on Thursday at Shinnecock Hills and is tied for 101st after the first round of the U.S. Open (scores).

Was the train wreck foreseen? Maybe. Let’s be honest: Woods has made more of his comeback from back-fusion surgery last year than many would have thought, but he seems to have stalled on the backstretch. What worked earlier in the season is not working now.


by John Hawkins

All this fawning over Tiger Woods in recent months has become a terrific source of amusement among those of us who call ourselves journalists. Understandably, millions of golf fans are stoked about Woods’ competitive re-emergence. Many of the people who cover the game on television, however, are expected to maintain a certain level of impartiality when calling live action or delivering a report from the studio.


by Alex Miceli

This week’s U.S. Open might be the only major Open that Louis Oosthuizen plays this year. Immigration issues could force the 2010 British Open champion to skip golf’s oldest major championship next month at Carnoustie in Scotland.

Born in South Africa, Oosthuizen, 35, has lived in the United States for roughly five years, but he never had applied for a green card, which grants permanent residency to non-U.S. citizens.


He’s more than a Rank amateur

I first heard of amateur Garrett Rank and his U.S. Open debut during the NHL playoffs (“Rank sheds skates for spot in U.S. Open,” June 14). Washington had just iced the puck, and Rank was skating hard to the boards when NBC broadcasters Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk mentioned that Rank was playing in the Open. I immediately said, “Who did they say was playing in the Open?” My wife said she thought it was one of the players, so I re-wound the TV (thank you, DVR).

As I was reaching for the remote, they mentioned Rank and showed him as he was about to drop the puck.



Number of under-par scores, from the 156-man field, in the first round of the U.S. Open. Americans Russell Henley, Dustin Johnson and Scott Piercy and England’s Ian Poulter shot 1-under 69s at windswept Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. (scores).



Short Par 4, a golf-inspired box subscription service, introduced its Rickie Fowler Tour Experience for this week’s U.S. Open. The collection includes the same styles of apparel that Fowler is wearing at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.


Inntopia announced that Two Roads Hospitality has selected Inntopia Marketing Cloud for its consumer-relationship management. Also, Inntopia recently made a number of key hires and promotions to support the new business. 


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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