MONDAY  | JUNE 18, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Friday morning probably was the last time Curtis Strange will hear the question, the one he proudly has fielded for nearly three decades as the last man to win back-to-back United States Opens.

“Sure, somebody will do it again,” Strange said casually while chatting with Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal writer John Dell on the grounds here at Shinnecock Hills. After a pause, Strange, who was working as an on-course reporter for Fox Sports, delivered his usual punchline. “Someday,” he added with a knowing smile that really meant, Maybe.

 



by Alex Miceli

With a scruffy beard and long, flowing brown locks, Englishman Tommy Fleetwood looks more like a rock star than an accomplished golfer.

But during the past 17 months, since his victory at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in January 2017, Fleetwood has emerged as one of the European Tour’s top golfers.

 


by John Hawkins

My favorite moment in Fox’s final-round coverage of the U.S. Open occurred hours before the leaders teed off. The inimitable Ken Brown was standing on Shinnecock Hills’ 13th green, site of the Phil Mickelson fiasco the previous afternoon, and perfectly replicated the bogey putt that caused all the fuss. Instead of chasing after the ball and hitting it before it stopped, however, Brown let the infamous putt run its course.

 


Mickelson’s Kaepernick moment

Didn't anyone stop to think that maybe Phil Mickelson’s action Saturday on Shinnecock Hills’ No. 13 really was a protest against the ridiculousness of the hole location (“Mickelson, USGA disgrace U.S. Open,” June 17)? He already was out of contention at the U.S. Open, and the stars aligned for a perfect protest against the USGA.

Like he said, he wasn't trying to be disrespectful, but he was making his point. 

 


4

Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for Brooks Koepka, a career high and a jump of five spots, after he won the U.S. Open on Sunday. It was his second consecutive victory in the national championship for the 28-year-old American (ranking).

 




CALENDAR
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.

June 21-24
European Tour: BMW International Open

Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof, Pulheim, Germany

Web.com Tour: Air Capital Classic

Crestview CC, Wichita, Kan.

PGA Tour: Travelers Championship

TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

June 22-24
LPGA: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Rogers, Ark.

Symetra Tour: Island Resort Championship

Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Mich.

Champions: American Family Insurance Championship

University Ridge GC, Madison, Wis.


      
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