WEDNESDAY  | JULY 18, 2018
by Dave Seanor

Fifty years ago, Billy Casper checked in at Carnoustie Golf Links as – to steal an accolade used ad nauseam by today’s TV broadcast personalities – the “hottest golfer on the planet.”

At this juncture of the 1968 season, Casper had won four times. He would finish ’68 with six victories, four more than anyone else on Tour that year.


by Adam Schupak

Late last year at the PNC Bank Father and Son Challenge, inquiring minds wanted to know the back story behind the matching ladybug head covers that Padraig Harrington and son Patrick carried in their bag to conceal their drivers. 

"I can tell this one," the younger Harrington said.


by John Hawkins

Confession: I have never met Brittany Lincicome, and my knowledge of women’s golf probably isn’t where it should be. My primary duties over the last 23 years have been to cover the men, and though a vast majority of this week’s focus will be on the British Open, Lincicome’s participation at the PGA Tour’s opposite-field event is worth examining.

She’ll become the fifth woman ever to compete against the big boys, although most of the big boys will be overseas, which is surely a good thing for Lincicome. Babe Didrikson Zaharias is the only female golfer to make a cut on the men’s tour – she did it in 1945 against fields weakened considerably by World War II. At the inaugural Barbasol Championship, where Davis Love III and Billy Horschel are the headliners, Lincicome will not find a better opportunity to make it to the weekend (tee times).


by Alex Miceli

Like a Sherlock Holmes mystery, Carnoustie Golf Links might be the most complicated puzzle that the 156 players for this week’s British Open will encounter in their careers. Nothing is obvious, and yet it’s all right in front of golfers as they stand on each tee.

Good fortune will prove to be crucial, but the right setup in the bag also will be imperative.


Potential new era for golf’s classic courses
I, and many others, can be pretty critical of the USGA. But when the organization’s leaders get something correct, they deserve plaudits. Such is the case with the U.S. Women's Senior Open (“Just like old times at Senior Women’s Open,” July 13).

The only criticism I have is, it wasn't on television enough. I would have loved to have seen more of the front nine of Chicago Golf Club. Nonetheless, it was a superb presentation of an old-line golf course, a very worthy champion and a wonderful inaugural event (“Keeping score,” July 16).


Withdrawn: From her spot on the South Korean team in the UL International Crown, Inbee Park, the world’s top-ranked female golfer. Park said that she wanted another South Korean to be able to represent the nation. In Gee Chun will replace Park for the third edition of the biennial eight-team, 32-player event, which will be played Oct. 4-7 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon. The U.S. won in 2016 after Spain won the inaugural tournament in 2014 (field).



Number of years since Tiger Woods has played in the British Open. Woods missed the cut in 2015 at St. Andrews before injuries sidelined him during the past two editions. Woods, a 14-time major champion, is a three-time winner of the Claret Jug, in 2000, 2005 and 2006 (tee times).



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.


Sailfish Point, a residential community on Hutchinson Island, Fla., that includes a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, has selected Buffalo.Agency for its public relations. The 532-acre community is surrounded by three bodies of water: the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River and St. Lucie Inlet and includes a 1.5-mile stretch of private beach. 


Pound Ridge (N.Y.) Golf Club continues its 10th anniversary year by celebrating its seasonal rates through late October. Pound Ridge is the only Pete Dye-designed course in New York.



David Feaser, the owner and chief executive officer of Peakvision Sunglasses, points out that his company’s non-polarized products enhance a golfer’s vision. Peakvision features a special offer of buy one, get one free on the Jack Nicklaus-signature JN5 model.


Nippon Shaft claimed two victories among players who used the company’s products at major professional events last week. The winner of the Constellation Senior Players Championship, a major event on the Champions Tour, used N.S. Pro Modus Tour 105 steel shafts in his irons and wedges. Also, the champion at the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open played the N.S. Pro 950GH steel shafts in her irons and wedges.


Sea Pines Resort is offering its Escape Vacation Package to the Hilton Head Island, S.C., property. The package includes discounts on lodging, golf, activities and other resort amenities through Sept. 8.


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 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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