FRIDAY  | JULY 13, 2018
by Alex Miceli

Phil Mickelson’s apology tour opened Thursday on this side of the Atlantic to what could be considered positive reviews by the British media.

Last month, Mickelson made one of the worst decisions in golf. He purposely hit his moving ball to keep it from rolling off the 13th green in the third round of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills (“Mickelson, USGA disgrace U.S. Open,” June 17).

 



by Len Ziehm

The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open, which teed off on Thursday in suburban Chicago, has been a celebration of women’s golf. It resembled a high school reunion, too, with the best pros and amateurs of the past re-connecting during three days of practice rounds and pre-tournament activities.

More than anything, though, this tournament for women who have reached their 50th birthday was overdue. In fact, it was long, long overdue.

 


by Alex Miceli

Louis Oosthuizen successfully fought the U.S. government to gain permission to leave the country and visit Scotland to play in the Scottish Open and British Open, but he withdrew Thursday from the Scottish Open, citing a pinched nerve in his right shoulder.

Oosthuizen, a South African who is based in Florida, applied last summer for a green card, which grants permanent residency to non-U.S. citizens, only to be told by officials that two of his documents had been misplaced.

 


Competition that lasts a lifetime
Ron Kroichick’s article (“Golf offers ex-sports stars extra innings,” July 12) is a Well, duh! moment for me.

What else do people who participated in sports do when they retire and still want to be active and competitive? Play golf! I think these tournaments are great, as long as these ex-pros take the time to give back to their fans at the tournament. 

 


3

Number of birdies that American Luke List made on the four par 3s at Gullane (Scotland) Golf Club as he shot 7-under 63 for the first-round lead in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. American Rickie Fowler, the 2015 Scottish Open champion, shot 64 to join a group of five in second place at the European Tour’s annual prelude to the next week’s British Open. Masters champion Patrick Reed of the U.S. was among eight players tied at 65 (scores).

 


Withdrew: From the John Deere Classic, Bryson DeChambeau, citing an injury to his right shoulder. DeChambeau, the defending champion, said that he hurt himself while playing from rough on the second hole Thursday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. He withdrew after hitting his tee shot onto the green on the par-3 16th. He was 3 over at the time. DeChambeau, 24, won the Memorial Tournament last month. He stood eighth on the Ryder Cup points list and 22nd in the Official World Golf Ranking. His status for next week’s British Open was unknown.

 



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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Chase 54 announced the launch of its fall Choose Your Now collection. The golf apparel includes two men’s groups and two women’s groups, plus the brand’s Elements line that can be mixed and matched into each group.

 

 

Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga., will be the site of Golftoberfest, a golf getaway hosted by Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella. The four-day, three-night event will be Oct. 21-24 and include three rounds of golf, group dinner parties, daily meals and other attractions at the resort east of Atlanta. Prices start at $2,649.

 

 


CALENDAR
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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