THURSDAY  | JULY 12, 2018
by Adam Schupak

Ever since winning the 2015 Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club, Rickie Fowler has looked forward to the tournament’s return to Gullane this summer, but not for obvious reasons. Sure, it's always special to go back to the site of one of your crowning achievements, but Fowler had another goal in mind when he returned to the west end of the village of Gullane in East Lothian, Scotland: a visit to North Berwick. He checked that off his list on Monday – playing with a push-cart, no less, and drawing a small, but respectful gallery.

"I'm hoping to get over there," Fowler told me in advance of the trip. "My coach growing up, Barry McDonnell, his grandfather [John Gilholm Sr.] was the head pro there back in the day. I hear it is an old-school links course."


by Ron Kroichick

Mark Mulder made 203 regular-season starts in his major-league career. He won 103 of them. Mulder also beat Roger Clemens in a playoff game at Yankee Stadium, amid the pulsating tension, intensity and blood-pumping adrenaline of October baseball at the game’s cathedral. 

Then, at 30, he was done. And now, at 40, he plays golf, needs golf, craves golf.


by Alex Miceli

Costantino Rocca found himself in an unfamiliar place. He had played in only a handful of major championships but stood on the 72nd tee of the Old Course at St. Andrews needing an eagle-2 to win the 1995 British Open.

Rocca, an Italian who would win five times on the European Tour, did not make eagle on that memorable Sunday. But with an improbable birdie from the Valley of Sin, the grass depression that fronts the 18th green, he thrust himself into British Open lore.


Woods, Mickelson move golf’s needle
For those who feign disinterest in a Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson winner-take-all match because they believe that Woods and Mickelson are “has-beens,” those people probably never have been to an actual tournament where thousands follow every step and shot these guys make (“Woods-Mickelson duel needs reality check,” July 9). They are the two biggest draws in golf, period.

Secondly, as far as putting up their own money, I agree. And, have people forgotten that when asked about this, it was Woods who said that he will play for whatever makes Mickelson “uncomfortable”? Sounds like he’s willing to pony up his share.


Withdrew: From next week’s British Open, Bernd Wiesberger, who cited an ongoing wrist injury. Wiesberger, of Austria, will be replaced by American Andrew Landry. The next three alternates, in order: Keegan Bradley (U.S.), Adrian Otaegui (Spain) and Aaron Wise (U.S.). The 147th British Open is scheduled for July 19-22 at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links.



Number of times that Gullane Golf Club in Scotland has played host to the Scottish Open. This year’s edition, which begins Thursday, will be the first since the Scots’ national championship, which dates to 1935, visited Gullane in 2015. That year, American Rickie Fowler birdied three of his last four holes to win the European Tour event that annually serves as a warmup to the British Open (tee times).



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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.

Hawk & Rude: British Open memories, Part 1
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts share their lasting impressions on the year’s third major, serving up anecdotes and observations that you won’t hear anywhere else.


Justin Rose has signed a new multi-year endorsement contract with Lamkin to play the manufacturer’s grips, the company announced. Rose, an Englishman and the 2013 U.S. Open champion, has been under contract with Lamkin since 2014, but his relationship with the company dates to earlier in his career, when he sought custom grip fitting at Lamkin’s U.K. office.


The Saticoy Club in Somis, Calif., is undergoing a multi-phase golf course renovation. The work includes bunker remodeling, tree removal and fairway expansion with Santa Ana Bermudagrass.


Troon has entered into a management relationship with Seven Canyons in Sedona, Ariz. Members at the club, which includes a Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, will gain access to numerous Troon Privé-managed courses around the world.


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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