SUNDAY  | JUNE 17, 2018
by Alex Miceli

All we needed was a bearded lady and a snake charmer and the circus that was the third round of the U.S. Open would have been complete.

Play turned comical Saturday afternoon, starting when Phil Mickelson hit a moving ball.

Any golfer knows that such an act is an explicit no-no, even if they’re not familiar with Rule 14-5 (“Playing Moving Ball”).

 



by Gary Van Sickle

What we have here is a case of mistaken identity. Remind me again which major championship this is?

A Masters Tournament broke out with fast-fast-faster greens here Saturday. They were Augusta National fast. They also had the smoothness of Augusta National’s … first cut. These guys are good putters, but nobody likes playing Plinko.

 


by Mike Purkey

The PGA of America has a human-resources issue when it comes to dealing with problem presidents whom it decides to support or not. And as a result, the PGA now not only has an image issue but a crisis of credibility.

PGA president Paul Levy was arrested June 7 in Palm Desert, Calif., and charged with DUI after police reported that he lost control of his car and hit a traffic sign at 11:22 p.m. (“In the news,” June 14). The leadership of the organization of 29,000 club professionals has decided not to remove Levy from office.

 


by John Hawkins

Did you know that Phil Mickelson turned 48 on Saturday? Fox Sports sure did. The official network of the U.S. Open turned the first half of its third-round coverage into a birthday party for Lefty, as if the weekend of a major championship were the perfect time and place to celebrate such a thing.

Thank goodness Tiger Woods was born Dec. 30.

 


by Adam Schupak

Shortly before Matt Parziale faced the media at his pre-tournament news conference at the Masters, he toured the spacious media center at Augusta National and stopped to grab a bottled water and a candy bar. Parziale, 31, whipped out his wallet and asked, "How much do I owe you?" 

Little did he know that the press doesn't pay for golf, let alone a refreshment. Neither do the amateur contestants. Rookie move, but it was a small moment that shed light on this humble U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, who is having the year of his life.

 


Mickelson should have been DQ’d

If you watched as Phil Mickelson swatted – oops, made a stroke at – his ball as it trundled away from the hole Saturday on No. 13 in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, it was clear that the ball would have rolled off the green. He would have faced an awkward and difficult chip shot, so he chose to knock the ball back toward the hole.

 



29

Number of players who were within six strokes of the lead entering today’s final round of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y. Daniel Berger, Tony Finau, defending champion Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson shared the lead at 3-over 213. Berger and Finau, each of whom shot 4-under 66, posted two of only three under-par scores on Saturday – all earlier in the day. Kiradech Aphibarnrat shot 68 to jump 51 spots on the leaderboard, into a tie for seventh (scores).

 



CALENDAR
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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