WEDNESDAY  | JULY 11, 2018
by Jeff Babineau

Those icy winter months spent as a youth in New England dictated a sports schedule over which one had little control. There would be hockey played on frozen ponds in January and February, and even into March, while one’s golf clubs would chill in some faraway corner of the freezer that Dad called the garage. 

But here was the beauty in Mother Nature’s brutal winter wrath: It provided some time to think about, and really miss, golf season. On that first day when the snow cleared, brown turf became visible and the temps climbed into the 40s, you’d dash to the local muni to putt on hardscrabble temporary greens with the heightened fervor usually saved for a last day of school. Pure joy!


by Alex Miceli

Growing the game is one of the most discussed topics when the golf organizations get together. It’s a laudable goal, but few if any of the initiatives seem to really bear fruit with the younger generations.

On Tuesday night, the European Tour hosted the Hero Challenge on the Castle Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle. While the location was distinctive, the turnout of thousands proved to be telling.


by Adam Schupak

Graeme McDowell experienced my worst golf travel nightmare on July 1: the airline lost his sticks somewhere between Paris and Manchester. If it hasn't happened to you yet, consider yourself among the lucky ones. 

For McDowell, this giant headache was exacerbated by the fact that he was scheduled to play in a 36-hole qualifier for the British Open at Carnoustie. Adding insult to injury, the airline already had lost his clubs for eight hours on his trip from Hartford, Conn., to Paris. The response from Air France was typical: “Just basically get in the queue. You're one of many people that have lost a bag and you'll wait your turn," McDowell said.


A money match worth emulating
I would not be interested in a challenge match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on TV for $10 million if the sponsors put up the purse (“Woods-Mickelson duel needs reality check,” July 9). I would be interested if Woods and Mickelson put up their own money. And there’s some interesting historical precedent.

In 1889, professional Willie Dunn Jr. of Musselburgh, Scotland, offered to take on any comer in a match for £100, a considerable sum at the time. The winner’s prize in the 1889 British Open was £8 and a gold medal. Dunn’s challenge was accepted by Andra Kirkaldy of St. Andrews. The match was scheduled over four courses, Musselburgh, Prestwick, Troon and St. Andrews, with 36 holes played over each course.



Number of Scottish players ranked among the top 100 in the world as attention shifts to the “Home of Golf” for this week’s Scottish Open and next week’s British Open. Russell Knox, who won last week’s Irish Open, stands 49th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Only three other Scotsmen rank among the top 200: Martin Laird (129), Scott Jamieson (178) and Richie Ramsay (183).


Listed: As the three alternates for next week’s British Open, in order: Andrew Landry (U.S.), Keegan Bradley (U.S.) and Adrian Otaegui (Spain). The 147th Open will be played July 19-22 at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links.



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Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. wrap up the Greenbrier event and Kevin Na’s first PGA Tour victory in seven years. Bubka and Randolph also preview the John Deere Classic and U.S. Senior Women’s Open, plus take an early look at next week’s British Open. Groove Up with Vertical Groove Golf discusses the Senior Players Championship, in which Kenny Perry, John Daly, Rocco Mediate and other Vertical Groove players will compete.


July has been designed Troon Family Golf Month at Troon-managed facilities worldwide, the company announced. Numerous programs at the Troon-managed 280-plus courses in 35 states and 30 countries have been designed for family activity.


The Inn and Club at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island, S.C., has been named among the top 10 hotels in the South by Travel + Leisure magazine. The 60-room inn is set within the Sea Pines Resort.



The World’s Largest Golf Outing, which will be played Aug. 6 on more than 100 U.S. courses, announced prizes of golf products and experiences for competitors. The event benefits Fisher House Foundation, which supports military members and their families.


Aline, maker of golf insoles, announced that touring pros wearing the company’s product were among the top finishers during the past weekend. Aline claimed its fourth victory this season.


Carr Golf will stage the 2019 Donald Ross Pro-Am at Scotland’s Royal Dornoch Golf Club, the travel operator announced. The field will consist of one PGA professional and three amateurs on each of the 16 teams. The dates will be Sept. 24-28, 2019.


Short Par 4, a golf-inspired box subscription service, has expanded its professional staff with the PGA Tour’s Tyler Duncan and Tour players Kevin Dougherty and John Chin. Short Par 4 delivers brand-name golf apparel, accessories and gear to members’ doorsteps.


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 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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