TUESDAY  | JULY 17, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

When bathed in sunlight, the Old Course is a magnificent postcard framed by St. Andrews, Scotland’s cherished Auld Gray Toon. Any view of Turnberry beneath a bright blue sky, with its famed lighthouse and Ailsa Craig floating eerily out in the Irish Sea, is one that rivals Pebble Beach for stark beauty.

Carnoustie? Well, if the British Open rota were a beauty pageant, it wouldn’t be a contender. Carnoustie is homely. It’s no fun. It’s bordered by a railway. Even the luxury hotel built near the course nearly two decades ago looks more like a storage facility than a swank vacation retreat.

 



by Jeff Babineau

As we prepare for the 147th British Open, the granddaddy of all majors – starting date, 1860 – can we pause for a moment to discuss respect? As in, when will American Brooks Koepka begin to receive his fair share? 

What is it that we need to see from him? If he lands a Claret Jug this week, will that make golf fans notice how well he has been playing on golf’s biggest stages? 

 


by John Hawkins

It hadn’t been a British Open for the ages, but it certainly would earn a page in the scrapbook. The final round at Carnoustie in 2007 was a flawed, boisterous affair featuring two of the game’s premier Europeans, neither of whom had won a major, neither of whom particularly cared for the other.

So there was no banter when Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia crossed paths on a narrow footbridge between the 17th and 18th holes, Harrington en route to what should have been a crushing double bogey, Garcia locked in another tussle with his inner demons. Garcia’s three-shot lead at the start of the day would dissolve into a one-stroke deficit. Harrington knocked two balls into Barry Burn at the last, however, and when Garcia arrived on the 18th tee moments later, he led by one.

 


by Alex Miceli

In the age of cord-cutting and selective viewing of content, I was a bit shocked that anyone would think it was a good idea to put together a $10 million winner-take-all match between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

The first response: Who cares? The next: How many other matches would I rather watch, starting with the Road Runner vs. Wile E. Coyote, before a Woods-Mickelson clash?

 


PGA Tour shortchanges D.C. area
The PGA Tour schedule for next season is out, and a Washington stop, after many years, is off the board (“PGA Tour’s 2018-19 season: Less is more,” July 11). The reason is not the lack of fan support and community involvement. The reason is the lack of a “title sponsor.”

Three weeks ago, the Quicken Loans National was played at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Md. The Tour owns Avenel. That means the Tour pays no rent for use of the course and it collects from merchandise, concession, hospitality suite and parking. According to its most recently available not-for-profit tax return, the Tour has close to $2 billion in cash and investments.

 


7

Number of previous British Opens played at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links, site of this week’s 147th Open (tee times). The winners at Carnoustie: Tommy Armour (1931), Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999) and Padraig Harrington (2007).

 



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

Cordillera Ranch hires Eldridge
Jeff Eldridge has been named director of agronomy at Cordillera Ranch in Boerne, Texas. Eldridge comes to Cordillera Ranch from Lake Quivira (Kan.) Country Club, where he was the superintendent and grounds manager.

 

Los Cabos promotes summer discounts
Golf in Los Cabos, Mexico, is being offered at a discount for the summer season. The courses on the tip of the Baja Peninsula include the three tracks at Questro Golf – Puerto Los Cabos, Cabo Real and Club Campestre – Palmilla Golf Club and Quivira Golf Club.

 

Ping unveils i500 and i210 irons
Ping introduced the i500 and i210 irons Monday, the clubmaker announced. The irons are available for pre-order at authorized Ping golf shops.

 

Ping offers updated Glide Forged wedge
Ping unveiled the Glide Forged wedges, the company announced. Customers can create their own version of the model, which is forged from 8620 carbon steel, at Ping’s microsite at www.ping.com/glideforgedcustom.

 

Juniors can get custom option at Ping
Ping introduced the Prodi G Series of clubs for juniors, the clubmaker announced. The 11-club G Series is a custom-fit and -built line available for pre-order at Ping-authorized golf shops.

 

Puma Golf discloses Fowler’s attire
Puma Golf has disclosed the apparel that Rickie Fowler will wear for this week’s British Open. Fowler will be dressed in Puma Golf’s autumn/winter 2018 collection.

 

Puma Golf reveals DeChambeau’s look
Puma Golf has disclosed the apparel that Bryson DeChambeau will wear for this week’s British Open. DeChambeau will be dressed in Puma Golf’s autumn/winter 2018 collection.

 


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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