MONDAY  | JULY 2, 2018
by Dan O’Neill

The air gets thick when championships and reputations don’t match.

If the numbers get too red, as they did at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, Mike Davis and his USGA minions feel the heat. If the game gets extreme, as it did Saturday afternoon at Shinnecock Hills in the recent U.S. Open, leaderboards flip, Phil Mickelson goes haywire and the guys wearing khaki get the blame.


by Herb Gould

The American golfing public may not be especially familiar with Sung Hyun Park. Although the South Korean is a big hitter who was the LPGA rookie of the year and co-player of the year last season, she keeps her cap pulled low over what is invariably a poker face.

And while the language barrier is there, that’s not the whole explanation.

“Even speaking in Korean,’’ So Yeon Ryu said, “she’s not really talking much.’’


Hairy situation prompts hairless missive

I’d like to tear out my hair in frustration at all the columnists and opinion-page writers who recently opined on the Rules of Golf incorrectly.

Gary Van Sickle, among many others, got it wrong in his June 22 column (“Mickelson’s legacy: ‘Slappy Philmore’ ”).

I let my frustration stew for a few days before pushing the “send” button on this letter, hoping that I would forget about it and move on. I just couldn’t let it go.



Number of PGA Tour career victories for Francesco Molinari, who cruised to an eight-stroke triumph Sunday in the Quicken Loans National. Molinari, 35, of Italy, shot a bogey-free 8-under 62 at TPC Potomac (Md.) at Avenel Farm for a 21-under 259 total. He is a five-time winner on the European Tour, including this season’s BMW Championship, and a two-time Ryder Cup player for Europe. American Ryan Armour (68) was runner-up at 13-under 267, with South Korea’s Sung Kang (64) another stroke back. Tournament host Tiger Woods, whose foundation benefits from the event, closed with a 66 to share fourth with Mexico’s Abraham Ancer (72) at 11-under 269. It was the best finish for Woods since he tied for second at the Valspar Championship in March (scores).


Qualified: For the British Open, by virtue of their positions in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of Week 25, Americans Chez Reavie, Charles Howell III, Kevin Na and Beau Hossler and South Korean Byeong Hun An. Out of the HNA French Open, American Julian Suri, Scotsman Russell Knox and Swede Marcus Kinhult earned berths via the Open Qualifying Series. Out of the Quicken Loans National, Americans Bronson Burgoon and Ryan Armour, Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and South Korea’s Sung Kang earned berths via the Open Qualifying Series. Also, the R&A announced that American Ryan Moore will replace Scotsman Paul Lawrie, who withdrew last week, citing ongoing injury issues (“In the news,” June 26). The British Open will be played July 19-22 at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links.



Short Par 4, a box subscription service, will begin shipping the Rickie Fowler Tour Experience collection for July to subscribers. The gear includes apparel, footwear and accessories plus a signed golf flag.


July 2-4
Men's amateur: Sahalee Players Championship

Sahalee CC, Sammamish, Wash.

July 5-8
European Tour: Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Ballyliffin (Ireland) GC

PGA Tour: Greenbrier Classic

Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Tour: Lecom Health Challenge

Peek’n Peak Resort, Clymer, N.Y.

LPGA: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

Thornberry Creek (Legends), Oneida, Wis.

July 6-8
Men’s/women’s college: Arnold Palmer Cup

Evian Resort GC, Evian-les-Bains, France

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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