WEDNESDAY  | JUNE 20, 2018
by Mike Purkey

It’s never too early to talk Ryder Cup, but this time it’s warranted. Something popped up that could change the complexion of the U.S. team for the matches in September outside Paris. When the points standings came out the day after he won the Memorial, Bryson DeChambeau turned up eighth on the U.S. list. After the U.S. Open, he stands ninth.

If he makes it into the top 8, he’ll be an automatic qualifier. We know that a lot will change on the list now that we’re in the midst of major-championship season, but DeChambeau could be a puzzle piece that fits on more than one level.

 



THE EQUIPMENT INSIDER

One in a weekly series of stories about golf gear to run each Wednesday.

By Gary Van Sickle

I love technology. I would love it even more if I had, say, a million shares of Apple or Google stock, but that’s my own fault.

It’s silly how much technology has forever changed golf, the way it’s played and the methods by which it is taught, mostly for the better.

Sometimes, though, low-tech still works. That’s the case with InPutt (www.InPuttGolf.com, $79.99), and it’s why I’m making an exception to my policy of not writing much about golf training aids. Too many of them don’t work as advertised, and too many fail for the same reason why diet plans fail: users don’t stick with them. You were sure you’d use a stationary bike at home and quickly drop 25 pounds. Yeah, how’d that work out?

 


Crossroads for the PGA of America

Ted Bishop exercised poor judgment by using social media to argue with Ian Poulter. Bishop didn’t get a fine or a ticket, he didn’t hit a sign (and who pays for the sign?) and he didn’t spend time in jail. He won’t have to go to court and stand in front of a judge (“PGA applies double standard in Levy case,” June 17)

But Paul Levy did these things, and he gets sympathy and gets to keep his job. If he has a drinking problem, then he needs to get help. Letting him keep his volunteer job is sending the wrong message. 

 


5

Number of players ranked among the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking who will be playing in this week’s Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour. No. 2 Justin Thomas will tee it up at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., with No. 4 Brooks Koepka, who won the recent U.S. Open, No. 5 Jordan Spieth, No. 7 Rory McIlroy and No. 9 Jason Day (tee times).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: U.S. Open review

In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts size up the 118th U.S. Open and offer differing views on a number of topics, notably the USGA’s handling of the tournament.
 

Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf

Brooks Koepka repeats as U.S. Open champion, the first back-to-back winner since Curtis Strange in 1988-89. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. analyze the victory and dissect the Phil Mickelson rules flap. On Groove Up with Vertical Groove Golf, Kenny Perry talks about this week’s American Family Insurance Championship. In the Feature Interview, Bubka chats with “Lil' Pro” Eddie Merrins.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Registration is open for the World’s Largest Golf Outing, a nationwide event that benefits Fisher House Foundation. More than 100 courses will be participating in the Aug. 6outing managed by Billy Casper Golf. Visit www.worldslargestgolfouting.com.

 

Travel operator Carr Golf will host a father-son tournament next spring at Pebble Beach, Calif. The May 5-8 event commemorates the 30th anniversary of Carr Golf’s annual World Invitational Father & Son Tournament at Waterville (Ireland) Golf Links. The Pebble Beach tournament will include rounds at Monterey Peninsula, Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach.

 


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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