MONDAY  | JULY 16, 2018
by Len Ziehm

The Champions Tour is a funny circuit, especially when it comes to scheduling its major championships. While the other pro tours spread their majors throughout the schedule, the 50-and-over men bunch theirs up.

That’s not all bad, just weird compared with the other pro tours. There are five majors for Champions players, and the fourth of this year was a dandy, with Vijay Singh beating Jeff Maggert on the second hole of a playoff after both covered the regulation 72 holes in 20 under at Exmoor Country Club in the Constellation Senior Players Championship (scores).

 



by Alex Miceli

Two reclamation projects found Gullane Golf Club to their liking last week, and one almost parlayed his good play into a British Open invitation.

Danny Willett already had secured an invitation to Carnoustie for this week’s 147th British Open by virtue of his 2016 Masters victory. Trevor Immelman also was planning to travel two hours northward on Scotland’s east coast to Carnoustie, but not necessarily as a player. He was scheduled to be part of the NBC/Golf Channel crew covering the British Open.

 


by Mike Purkey

Can you believe that Rory McIlroy is 29 already? Wasn’t it just yesterday that professional golf was introduced to a skinny 18-year-old kid with a headful of curly black hair that looked like he had a poodle stashed under his hat?

Now, he’s a physical specimen – even at 5 feet, 9 inches – who is probably pound-for-pound the longest player in professional golf. He had four major championships by age 25 – only three others have done that – and has been the No. 1 player in the world. So why is it time to worry about McIlroy?

 


Memo to Mickelson: Shut up and play
If Phil Mickelson wants to regain the respect of the public and his peers, he would be better off stepping back, keeping his mouth shut and working to improve his golf game. He's not just a Sunday duffer, playing for fun (“Mickelson: It’s not been by best month’,” July 13).

Millions of dollars are at stake for a lot of people in a tournament, and he is trying to break par, just like every other player. He is not there for some kind of showbiz star turn, and he is not entitled to special consideration.

 


Withdrew: From this week’s British Open, American John Daly, who cited osteoarthritis in his right knee. Daly, 52, was the 1995 Open champion. He was replaced in the field by American Keegan Bradley. The updated alternate list, in order: Adrian Otaegui (Spain), Aaron Wise (U.S.) and J.B. Holmes (U.S.). The 147th British Open begins Thursday at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links.

 


3

Number of Thai players to win on the LPGA as Thidapa Suwannapura defeated American Brittany Lincicome in a sudden-death playoff Sunday in the Marathon Classic. Suwannapura and Lincicome had tied at 14-under 270 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, before Suwannapura made birdie on the par-5 18th hole in the playoff. She had played the final two holes, both par 5s, in 3 under in the final round to grab a share of the lead with Lincicome, who managed only pars on Nos. 17 and 18. Suwannapura, 25, joins sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn as Thai champions on the women’s tour and becomes the sixth first-time winner this season (scores).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: British Open memories, Part 2
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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Streamsong Black’s clubhouse has been named best new clubhouse of the year by Golf Inc. magazine, the resort in Streamsong, Fla., announced. The award was based on four criteria: efficiency, aesthetics, vision and sustainability. The 7,643-foot structure was designed by Alberto Alfonso of Alfonso Architects, which also designed the lodge and clubhouse at the adjacent Red and Blue courses.

 

Troon has been selected to manage Persimmon Country Club in Gresham, Ore. The club, which includes an 18-hole course designed by Gene “Bunny” Mason in 1992, will be managed by Troon Privé, the private-club operating division of Troon.

 

Global Turf Equipment and its affiliate Turf Equipment Rental have been acquired by GTE Partners. Global Turf Equipment sells and exports used golf-course equipment.

 

TecTecTec will celebrate Amazon Prime Day with a 20-percent discount off select rangefinder models, the manufacturer announced. The deals will be available Monday through Wednesday on www.amazon.com and at www.us.tectectec.com.

 

 


CALENDAR
July 16-21
Junior girls: U.S. Girls’ Junior

Poppy Hills GC, Pebble Beach, Calif.

Junior boys: U.S. Junior Amateur

Baltusrol GC, Springfield, N.J.

July 17-19
Men’s amateur: New England Amateur

Portland CC, Falmouth, Me.

July 18-21
Men’s amateur: Southern Amateur

The Club at Olde Stone, Bowling Green, Ky.

Men’s amateur: Porter Cup

Niagara Falls (N.Y.) CC

July 19-22
Web.com Tour: Pinnacle Bank Championship

The Club at Indian Creek, Omaha, Neb.

PGA/European tours: British Open

Carnoustie (Scotland) GL

Symetra Tour: Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic

Brook Lea CC, Rochester, N.Y.

PGA Tour: Barbasol Championship

Keene Trace GC, Nicholasville, Ky.


      
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