FRIDAY  | JULY 27, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Carnoustie forever will be The One That Got Away for a handful of pro golfers, including Tiger Woods.

It was stunning how many players were within a stroke or two of the lead deep into the closing nine last week, which made for a thrilling British Open. Francesco Molinari won this Open – no question – after going bogey-free all weekend, but most of his pursuers went home feeling as if it had been their Open for the taking.

 



by Alex Miceli

Paul McGinley never won a major championship, but that didn’t stop him Thursday from looking like he’s been there before during a windy first round of the Senior British Open at the Old Course.

Posting a 6-under 66 at St. Andrews, the former European Ryder Cup captain was just as surprised as most of the assembled media because, by his own acknowledgement, he has not played much competitive golf since he joined the senior circuit.

 


by Alex Miceli

At 68, Tom Watson is an anomaly. Or maybe simply a freak of nature. Whatever he might be, Watson showed that age can be irrelevant for someone who still can golf his ball.

Such was the case in Thursday’s first round of the Senior British Open at the Old Course. Watson narrowly missed shooting his age when his 25-foot birdie putt failed to fall at the final hole.

 


PGA Tour should subsidize LPGA
Fourteen of the LPGA players ranked in the top 50 in the world show U.S. flags next to their names. Of those, only seven have come through college golf programs. (Michelle Wie graduated from Stanford but, as a professional, could not play college golf.) The other six turned professional right out of junior golf. 

The NCAA Women's Championship showed that these women can play. So why do so few of them make it? And make it is a relative term.

 


5

Number of consecutive birdies that Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant made, on Nos. 3-7 at St. Andrews’ Old Course, en route to a 7-under 65 and share of the lead with American Kirk Triplett at the Senior British Open. Ireland’s Paul McGinley and Canada’s Stephen Ames were tied for third at 6-under 66, followed by Americans David Toms and Scott McCarron and Germany’s Bernhard Langer, the defending champion, at 67. Fifty-six players broke par, including American John Daly (69), who won the 1995 British Open at St. Andrews. TV analyst Brandel Chamblee, making his senior debut, shot 77 (scores).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Oglebay resort in Wheeling, W.Va., invites the public to celebrate the property’s 90th birthday this weekend. Oglebay, a 1,750-acre site operated by the Wheeling Park Commission, includes 45 holes of golf: two championship courses at Speidel Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Arnold Palmer, the resort’s original 5,600-yard course and a par-3 course. Anniversary activities will run from Friday through Sunday.

 

Mission Inn Resort announced a Labor Day Special during which guests reserving two consecutive nights receive a complimentary third night for the holiday weekend of Aug. 31-Sept. 4. Mission Inn, in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., features the El Campeon and Las Colinas golf courses.

 


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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