FRIDAY  | JULY 6, 2018
by Jeff Babineau 

A prominent American golf writer at one of the sport’s biggest monthly publications made a rather bold and foolhardy declaration late last fall: “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” he wrote. The insinuation was, of course, that the young U.S. nucleus of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed & Co. will be golf’s 1927 Yankees in softspikes; the Euros would be best served to dash for cover and brace for “a decade-plus of blowouts.”

And then, presumably, for full effect, the writer then walked across the office and stuck his head inside the jaws of a hungry 1,200-pound crocodile. Drumroll, please. 


by Alex Miceli

It’s been a long time since players have been so excited to play in an event in which they have only a remote chance of succeeding.

Such is the nature of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, which will be played July 12-15 at Chicago Golf Club (fieldqualifiers).

Two of those women are Ellen Port, a seven-time USGA champion, and Pat Bradley, whose six major championships include the 1981 U.S. Women’s Open.


Don’t let golf go the way of politics

It appears that a good number of pro golfers are enabling others to abuse a game historically based on honesty and ethics (“Too many pros mock golf’s rules,” July 4).

The R&A and the USGA need to investigate the claims, review camera footage when possible and take action before lying and cheating become acceptable behavior in the great game of golf. It’s already happened in politics. Stop it from spreading further.



Number of strokes under par that New Zealand’s Ryan Fox stood after the first round to lead the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin (Ireland) Golf Club. Fox, 31, of New Zealand, is looking for his first European Tour victory after having won twice on the PGA Tour of Australasia and twice on the Challenge Tour. Local favorite Padraig Harrington was among a group of seven tied at 4-under 68 (scores).


Denied: By the USGA and the R&A, the use of a drawing compass during a round of golf, according to a report on The device, also known as a compass and often used in geometry, was employed by Bryson DeChambeau to determine hole locations on his green-reading materials. The PGA Tour initially OK’d the device, but the governing bodies cited Rule 14-3a, according to the report. 


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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