TUESDAY  | JULY 3, 2018
by John Hawkins

A lot of stuff happened at the 1996 Masters, most of which long since has vaporized in the hazy air over Memory Lane. What people do remember is that Greg Norman blew a six-stroke lead and lost to Nick Faldo. The men played together in Sunday’s final pairing, and what was supposed to become Norman’s signature moment instead disintegrated into his ghastliest collapse.

When it was over, the Shark and Sir Nick embraced on the 18th green. Two titans would lay their emotions fully bare, and for crying out loud, golf had itself a bro-hug for the ages.


by Adam Schupak

After Italy's Francesco Molinari torched TPC Potomac in 62 on Sunday to win the Quicken Loans National, tournament host Tiger Woods wondered at the prize ceremony what Molinari had eaten for dinner the night before.

"Pasta," Molinari said. "That's my secret weapon."


A formula for success

I enjoyed the article on the U.S. Senior Open (“Toms wins Senior Open that shows its age,” July 2). Major golf events can be exciting without tricked-up venues, overly penal playing conditions and questionable rules interpretations. What a concept: let the golf and competitors be the story.

And a good story, it was. Much-maligned Fox Sports covered it well. The commentators, specifically Joe Buck, let the golf be the focus. An additional great bonus was the uninterrupted coverage. I found myself almost feeling that I was attending the event. That never happens when commercials come relentlessly every seven minutes or so.



Seeding for the South Korean team that will play host to the UL International Crown. Based on the Rolex Rankings, No. 1 Inbee Park, No. 2 Sung Hyun Park, No. 4 So Yeon Ryu and No. 7 In-Kyung Kim rate as heavy favorites for the biennial eight-nation matches to be played Oct. 4-7 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon City. The American team of Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie will be seeded second. The other teams, in order of seeding: Japan, England, Australia, Thailand, Sweden and Taiwan.



Oglebay announced an expanded junior-golf program for the summer at the resort in Wheeling, W.Va. Led by head professional Shane Rice, Oglebay and The First Tee of West Virginia will offer multiple programs to area youngsters ages 5-18.


The winner of the recent KPMG Women’s PGA Championship used Nippon shafts, the Japanese manufacturer reported. She used Nippon’s N.S. Pro 950GH steel shafts in her irons and the N.S. Pro Modus Wedge 105 model in her wedges, the company said.


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.

Web.com 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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