TUESDAY  | JUNE 26, 2018
by John Hawkins

His comeback has turned into a mixture of hype, hope and hardcore reality. At age 42, Tiger Woods is an average tour pro with a remarkable past, a man whose attempt to reclaim the glory days has led to an arm-wrestling match against Father Time. We’ve seen glimpses of greatness. We’ve also seen a guy who can’t get out of his own way.

 



by Jeff Babineau

If there were a Mount Rushmore of women’s college golf, Andrea Gaston likely would be part of it, alongside such legendary coaches as Arizona State’s Linda Vollstedt, Tulsa’s Dale McNamara and Duke’s Dan Brooks.

Gaston generated a jarring wave atop the usual tranquil waters of women’s college golf last week, leaving Southern California, a program that she had built into a women’s golf powerhouse in postcard-ready SoCal, for Texas A&M, a team that finished 13th out of 14 squads at this spring’s Southeastern Conference Championship.

 


Course operators hold key to female play

Thank you for posting the article on realistic ways to grow the golf game with more participation by women (“Women’s golf advocates tout access,” June 25). I have witnessed first-hand what it will take. My wife is an avid golfer, starting to play only in her late 40s. We usually play together and have done so at many courses in the U.S., ranging from bucket-list to mom-and-pop venues.

 


Withdrew: From next month’s British Open at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links, Scotsman Paul Lawrie, who won the 1999 Open after Jean Van de Velde’s dramatic collapse on the final hole at Carnoustie. Lawrie, 49, citing ongoing back and foot injuries, said that he will not compete again this year. Lawrie prevailed in ’99 in a playoff with France’s Van de Velde, who had led by three strokes before making a triple bogey on the final hole, and American Justin Leonard.

 


12-1

Odds set by Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook for American Dustin Johnson to win next month’s British Open at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links. Johnson, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, also was the pick to win the recent U.S. Open before he squandered a four-shot lead after 36 holes and finished third. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy was a 14-1 pick to win the British Open, followed by Americans Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas and England’s Justin Rose at 16-1. England’s Tommy Fleetwood, the runner-up in the U.S. Open was an 18-1 choice for Carnoustie. American Brooks Koepka, who won a second consecutive U.S. Open, joined Spain’s Jon Rahm at 20-1.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

 

Hawk & Rude: Hartford and beyond

In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hostsreview a suspenseful finish in Connecticut and look forward to Tiger Woods’ return to action this week near D.C.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Chris Lutzke, a partner in the Albanese and Lutzke Design course-architecture firm, has been accepted into the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Lutzke, 50, has logged three-plus decades of design work, beginning under Pete Dye.

 

Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf and Spa will play host to the U.S. Kids Golf Latin American Championship this week. The second-year event, for golfers ages 6 to 17, will be played at the Robert Trent Jones II course in Playa Conchal, Costa Rica.

 

Instructor Michael Breed hosted a golf clinic Monday at the Omega Golf Trophy event at Morris County Country Club in Morristown, N.J. Omega, the Swiss watchmaker, hosted the 11th and final tournament in its Omega Golf Trophy season series.

 

In advance of Independence Day, Weatherman launched a special-edition umbrella that was inspired by the U.S. flag and in partnership with Folds of Honor. The Weatherman x Folds of Honor collection will be available in four styles, priced from $59 to $95.

 

Pronghorn Resort in Bend, Ore., has started a golf instruction program headed by Jeff Ritter. The Pronghorn Golf Academy will use skill development with elements of mental, physical and nutritional training. As part of the program, Ritter is expected to be a regular guest on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive.

 


CALENDAR
June 25-29
Men’s amateur: North and South Amateur

Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort

June 25-30
Women’s amateur: Women’s Western Amateur

Mistwood GC, Romeoville, Ill.

June 26-30
Women’s amateur: Ladies British Open Amateur

Hillside (England) GC

June 27-30
Men’s amateur: European Amateur

Royal Hague G&CC, Wassenaar, Netherlands

June 28 - July 1
PGA Tour: Quicken Loans National

TPC Potomac (Md.) at Avenel Farm

LPGA: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Kemper Lakes GC, Kildeer, Ill.

European Tour: HNA French Open, Le Golf National

Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

Web.com Tour: Lincoln Land Charity Championship

Panther Creek CC, Springfield, Ill

Champions: U.S. Senior Open Championship

Broadmoor GC, Colorado Springs, Colo.


      
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