THURSDAY  | JULY 26, 2018
by Mike Purkey

Brandel Chamblee has, if nothing else, an over-abundance of guts. Since 2003 – and much more in the past five years or so – he has been fearlessly analyzing the swings, games, attitudes and decisions of the best players in the game on Golf Channel.

Starting today, Chamblee will step into the breach as a player, something he hasn’t done since 2008. He is in the field for the Senior British Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews (tee times). He qualified for the senior major championship by shooting a 2-under 69 at Scotscraig Golf Club, only 17 miles from Carnoustie, where he held forth on the British Open for Golf Channel.

 



by Alex Miceli

The Old Course at St. Andrews is the most iconic golf layout in the world. Old Tom Morris, the game’s patriarch, is closely associated with the Old Course, even though his career in golf started at Prestwick.

J.H. Taylor, James Braid, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Peter Thomson, Bobby Locke, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods are just some of the players who have won at the “Home of Golf.”

 


by Ted Bishop

Ask any of the 28,000-plus men and women who are PGA of America members what the association’s next chief executive officer should look like and you probably would get thousands of different answers. The fact is that the majority of PGA members and apprentices might not even know who their CEO is, or that one even existed.

“It would be interesting to poll the membership,” said one longtime PGA leader who spoke on condition of anonymity. “My guess is, many might say [former PGA Tour commissioner] Tim Finchem is the current PGA CEO. That’s how little it probably matters to most PGA members.”

 


Bevacqua’s move smells fishy
A few months ago, Pete Bevacqua, the chief executive officer of the PGA of America, did nothing to make a stand for the elimination of tax breaks for clubs doing corporate outings, etc. He stood firmly with the PGA Tour and both organizations’ nonprofit status (which in itself is a bit of a joke), which hurt the regular PGA-member clubs. Morning Read contributor Ted Bishop questioned this move at the time, and now we see why (“Some golf leaders drop ball on tax reform,” Feb. 26).

The PGA Tour equals Golf Channel which equals NBC. Now, Bevacqua will be in control of Golf Channel and obviously leaves in the PGA offices many supporters who owe him and will have input on the PGA’s next TV decision. The whole thing smells a bit fishy to me (“Bevacqua’s exit leaves questions for PGA,” July 25).

 


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Number of players who have won the British Open at St. Andrews’ Old Course who are entered in this week’s Senior British Open, which makes its first visit to the “Home of Golf.” Nick Faldo (1990) and John Daly (1995) hoisted the Claret Jug at St. Andrews. They will be among seven former British Open champions playing in the senior edition (tee times).

 


Withdrew: From next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, American Lexi Thompson. In an Instagram post, Thompson said that she wants to “take some time to work on myself” and “recharge my mental batteries.” Thompson, 23, a nine-time winner on the LPGA who is No. 5 in the Rolex Rankings, has not won since September, at the Indy Women in Tech Championship. In the LPGA’s 24 major championships dating to the 2013 Evian Championship, Thompson has made every cut and posted 12 top-10 finishes, highlighted by her only major title, the 2014 ANA Inspiration. This will be her first missed start in a major championship since the 2011 Women’s British Open.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Ping has signed Troy Mullins, a long-drive competitor who holds aspirations of making the LPGA tour, to an endorsement contract, the equipment manufacturer announced. Mullins, a former college heptathlete and self-taught golfer, is one of only four women to top 400 yards in competition, according to Ping.

 

Golftec has opened a training center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the company announced. The 2,500-square-foot facility features teaching technology such as motion measurement, video analysis and launch monitors to complement Golftec's lessons and custom fitting. A grand-opening ceremony is scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Southport Shopping Center, 1489 Southeast 17th St.

 

Golf Life Navigators has added two regional sales representatives for its initiatives in the Carolinas, the company announced. Karen Fleming and Fred Alter have joined the company, which seeks to match golfers with the ideal club and residence for their lifestyle. Fleming will oversee coastal North and South Carolina; Alter will focus on western North Carolina and the upstate of South Carolina.

 


CALENDAR
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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