TUESDAY  | JULY 10, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

It’s always been a little unfair to Paul Lawrie that we remember Jean Van de Velde more for losing the 1999 British Open in spectacular fashion than Lawrie for winning it, even though he came from 10 shots back in the final round.

Van de Velde, in fact, has been synonymous with Carnoustie ever since that sad affair. His unfortunate demise, that infamous triple bogey on the final hole, is easily the biggest lasting memory of what was an otherwise dreadful week. Carnoustie, looking to cement its reputation as a killer course upon making a triumphant return to the Open rota for the first time in 24 years, was set up absurdly hard, with high rough and ribbon fairways. It was the worst major-championship setup in modern times.

 



by John Hawkins

This year’s Ryder Cup will be held in France, which is a bit like celebrating the Fourth of July in Cuba. A country with virtually no golf tradition and a 10-percent fan base was awarded one of the game’s most prestigious and lucrative events – yet another baffling decision by the folks who manage the matches overseas.

Given how the players themselves don’t get paid to participate, it’s hard not to notice all the fiscally related Internet references to the upcoming bout between the United States and Europe. Economic impact. A huge deal for Paris … The City of Light needs help with its tourism revenue? When The New York Times recently asked French tour pro Michael Lorenzo-Vera how his nation felt about its host status, MLV sounded nothing like a VIP.

 


Hawkins shortchanges Mickelson
John Hawkins may have gotten it right in his article on a Mickelson-vs.-Woods winner-take-all match, but his analysis was dead wrong (“Woods-Mickelson duel needs reality check,” July 9). By repeatedly bashing Mickelson for his conduct at the U.S. Open, he used specious reasoning.

It seems that Hawkins forgot, or ignored, the fact that many believed (and cogently expressed in Morning Read) that Mickelson was properly penalized for hitting a moving ball (“Mickelson, USGA disgrace U.S. Open,” June 17). And, of greater importance, Hawkins failed to recognize that Mickelson is one of the most popular professional golfers of our time, and that fact alone likely would make the big-money match successful.

 


1.89

Amount, in millions of dollars, that the winner of next week’s British Open will be paid from the $10.5 million prize fund announced by the R&A. That’s a boost of $45,000 from the $1.845 million that winner Jordan Spieth took home last year from the $10.25 million purse. Even the runner-up in the 147th Open, to be played at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links, will enjoy a seven-figure payday, with $1.093 million. The recent U.S. Open offered golf’s biggest payday, with winner Brooks Koepka earning $2.16 million from the $12 million purse. The Masters Tournament and Players Championship offered $11 million purses, with $1.98 million to respective winners Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Tagmarshal has been introduced at Hyatt Hills Golf Complex, a public nine-hole course and practice facility in Clark, N.J. Tagmarshal uses geo-location analytics to manage pace of play.

 

Troon has completed acquisition of Cliff Drysdale Management, the nation’s largest tennis management company. CDM will continue to operate under the Cliff Drysdale brand, with Don Henderson remaining as president and chief executive officer.

 

The winner of the European Tour’s recent Dubai Duty Free Irish Open used Lamkin grips, the manufacturer announced. The winner used Lamkin’s UTx model of grips.

 

Sea Pines Country Club raised more than $29,000 at its recent Tee It Up for the Troops charity golf tournament on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The total represents a 101-percent increase from 2017.

 

Mission Inn Resort will offer a golf and shooting package this fall. From Sept. 15 through Dec. 30, guests at the resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., can play the El Campeon and Las Colinas courses and participate in trap and skeet shooting.

 

Buffalo.Agency has launched Buffalo.Collective, a 12-month immersion program designed to promote a limited number of early-stage and emerging golf, sport and lifestyle brands. Buffalo will create and implement custom public-relations programs to increase market awareness.

 


CALENDAR
July 9-12
Junior girls: Girls Junior PGA Championship

Kearney Hill Golf Links, Lexington, Ky.

July 9-13
Women’s amateur: Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur

Palouse Ridge GC, Pullman, Wash.

Women’s amateur: North and South Women’s Amateur

Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort (No. 2)

July 9-14
Men’s amateur: Pacific Northwest Amateur

The Home Course, DuPont, Wash.

July 10-13
Juniors boys/girls: Junior World

Torrey Pines GC, San Diego

Men’s amateur: Trans-Mississippi Championship

Brookside G&CC, Columbus, Ohio

Women’s amateur: Women’s Trans National Amateur

Peach Tree GC, Marysville, Calif.

July 12-14
Symetra Tour: Donald Ross Classic

French Lick (Ind.) Resort

July 12-15
European Tour: Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open

Gullane (Scotland) GC

Champions: Constellation Senior Players Championship

Exmoor CC, Highland Park, Ill.

Men’s amateur: Players Amateur

Berkeley Hall Club, Bluffton, S.C.

LPGA: Marathon Classic

Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, Ohio

Web.com Tour: Utah Championship

Oakridge CC, Farmington, Utah

PGA Tour: John Deere Classic

TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.

Women’s pro: U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Chicago GC, Wheaton, Ill.


      
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