TUESDAY  | JULY 24, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Rankings are bogus. And I mean nearly all of them.

Every significant ranking system in sports is flawed, and worse. Politics and subjectivity inevitably wind up being just as important as the numbers-crunching.


by Mike Purkey

Most golf fans wouldn’t recognize him on – or off – the golf course. It’s a good bet you couldn’t pick him out of a lineup. You likely can’t pronounce his last name, much less spell it.

But Xander Schauffele (pronounced ZAN-der SHAW-fa-lay) is going to win a major championship sooner than later. In fact, he might win his first major title before Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas or Tiger Woods win their next one. Bold statement? Yes, of course. But Schauffele is making great strides in cracking the major code at age 24 and in his second year on the PGA Tour. With his play last week at the British Open, he is one step closer.



"The World's Most Entertaining Pro-Am"

That's a brash tagline for an inaugural golf tournament just entering the consciousness of the affluent golfer. However, founders Joe Steranka and Ken Kennerly believe it is or at least will be when professionals and amateurs descend upon the world-class golf destination in late October.


Impressive ride for ‘Italian stallion’
How about Francesco Molinari for 2018 Player of the Year?

With his victory Sunday in the British Open (“Molinari grabs his biggest prize yet,” July 23), he has won a major championship, plus victories at Quicken Loans and the European Tour’s BMW PGA, and runners-up at John Deere and the Italian Open in the past eight weeks.



Number of strokes under par that American Troy Merritt finished to win the PGA Tour’s weather-delayed Barbasol Championship on Monday. Play had been suspended Sunday, pushing all but 21 players to a Monday finish. Merritt closed with a 5-under 67 for a 265 total and one-stroke victory at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky. Americans Billy Horschel (67), Tom Lovelady (68) and Richy Werenski (66) shared second at 22-under 266. It was the second career victory for the 32-year-old Merritt (scores).



Hawk & Rude: British Open recap
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts review British Open Sunday, which produced one of the most suspenseful final rounds in recent years.


Provision Events marked 14 years of business at the British Open with the fan experience at the HSBC Golf Zone last week at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. In the 9,600-square-foot area, Provision Events created seven stations for fans, including team chipping and team driving challenges, closest to the pin, long drive and other activities.


Tour operator Carr Golf announced three packages tied to the 2019 British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. The destinations on the Emerald Isle range from five to seven days. Joe Carr, the late founder of Carr Golf and a World Golf Hall of Fame member, won one of his three British Amateur titles at Royal Portrush, in 1960.


Troy Merritt won the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship whle wearing Galvin Green apparel, the Swedish clothier announced. Merritt wore the Ventil8 Plus Marty and Matthew polo shirts and matching Ventil8 Plus Nash pants, according to Galvin Green.


Thor Guard, a lightning-prediction indicator, has introduced heat-index technology to provide up to 20 minutes’ notice for scorching temperatures. The technology is scheduled for distribution this fall.


The winner of the recent British Open played Lamkin grips, the company announced. The champion used the TS1 model, Lamkin said.


Reynolds Lake Oconee is offering golfers a free round of golf as part of a package deal this summer. The “First Round’s On Us” stay-and-play package is available through Aug. 31 at the resort in Greensboro, Ga.


GTE Partners has purchased Global Turf Equipment, a seller and exporter of used golf course machinery, and sister company Turf Equipment Rental. Davis Sezna will be the chief executive officer.


Manchester Country Club in Bedford, N.H., has been selected to play host to the 2019 New England PGA Championship, the New England Professional Golfers’ Association announced. The 99th New England PGA will be held Aug. 5-7, 2019 at Manchester, a 1923 Donald Ross design.


Short Par 4, a subscription box service, will sponsor the Showcase golf event at Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Resort on July 26-28. The golf event features celebrities and entertainment to raise money for the Community Cancer Fund.


July 24-27
Women’s amateur: Canadian Women’s Amateur

Marine Drive GC, Vancouver, B.C.

Men’s amateur: Pacific Coast Amateur

Olympic Club, San Francisco

July 25-28
Women’s amateur: European Ladies Amateur

Penati Golf Resort, Senica, Slovakia

July 26-29
European Tour: Porsche European Open

Green Eagle GC, Hamburg, Germany

Web.com Tour: Price Cutter Charity Championship

Highland Springs CC, Springfield, Mo.

LPGA: Ladies Scottish Open

Gullane (Scotland) GC

Champions: Senior British Open

St. Andrews (Old Course), Scotland

PGA Tour: RBC Canadian Open

Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario

July 27-29
Symetra Tour: Fuccillo Kia Classic of N.Y.

Capital Hills at Albany (N.Y.)

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