MONDAY  | JULY 30, 2018
by Alex Miceli

Golf is one of the most global of games. The sport’s expansion worldwide during the past 20 years has been exponential and continues to develop.

With the advent of the Official World Golf Ranking in 1986, the World Golf Championships in 1999 and golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016, the game increases in popularity worldwide. The PGA Tour and PGA of America have recognized golf’s growth but unfortunately have ignored the game’s worldwide popularity with American players in determining Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams. That’s especially significant as the 42nd Ryder Cup, to be played Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National near Paris, draws near.

 



by Bill Fields

There is a popular saying in golf that if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. No doubt that maxim has motivated players throughout history – shag bags to launch monitors – to practice hard in pursuit of improvement. But Bruce Lietzke was an exception to the rule, a happy, successful outlier who did it his way.

“I don’t want my swing to get better,” Lietzke told Golf World as he turned 50 in 2001. “I want it exactly like it was yesterday.”

 


by Barry Cronin

Sure, the U.S. Amateur is the national championship. Every amateur wants to win it. The title comes with massive prestige and opens doors to other tournaments.

But if you ask the players, many say that the relentless format and quality field of the Western Amateur make it the world’s finest non-professional golf tournament.

 


Hold PGA’s Bevacqua accountable
What a travesty that Pete Bevacqua, the PGA of America’s chief executive officer, gets a very prestigious position with NBC Sports Group when he should have been fired (“Bevacqua’s exit leaves questions for PGA,” July 25).

Please explain, Pete, what you have done to better your club pros’ training and advancement possibilities. Nothing has changed for them.

 


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Margin of victory, in strokes, for Miguel Angel Jimenez over Bernhard Langer on Sunday at the Senior British Open. Jimenez, 54, of Spain, shot a final-round 3-under 69 at St. Andrews’ Old Course for a 12-under 276 total to clip Germany’s Langer, 60, the defending champion and a three-time Senior British winner, who closed with a 68. Americans Scott McCarron (68) and Kirk Triplett (69) shared third place with Canadian Stephen Ames (69) at 10-under 278. The victory was the second major championship on the Champions Tour this year for Jimenez, who won the Regions Tradition in May, and his sixth career title on the 50-and-older circuit (scores).

 


Died: Ian Stanley, an Australian who won 19 tournaments in more than two decades on the Australasian PGA Tour and once in Europe, of cancer Saturday in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. He was 69. Stanley also won three times on the Champions Tour, including the Senior PGA and Senior British Open in 2001.

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort will introduce its redesigned No. 4 course on Sept. 20, officials announced. Architect Gil Hanse oversaw the renovations, which were made in anticipation of the 2019 U.S. Amateur, with stroke play to be contested on Pinehurst’s Nos. 2 and 4 courses.

 

Tim and Brittany Baxter won the recent 11th annual World Invitational Father & Daughter Tournament at Waterville (Ireland) Golf Links, tour operator Carr Golf announced. The Baxters, who play out of Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, N.J., won the 36-hole net event with 99 points in the better-ball Stableford format.

 

Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J., will play host to the American Junior Golf Association Championship on Tuesday and Wednesday. The 36-hole event will feature seven of the top 150-ranked juniors in the AJGA among the 84-player field.

 

The PGA Value Guide, regarded as the national standard for golf club values, is offering a 20-percent premium on trade-in clubs through Aug. 31. The promotion, available at valueguide.pga.com, is being held to commemorate next week’s 100th PGA Championship.

 


CALENDAR
July 30 - August 2
Junior boys: Canadian Junior Boys Championship

Medicine Hat (Alberta) G&CC

July 31 - August 3
Junior girls: Canadian Junior Girls Championship

Beach Grove GC, Tsawwassen, British Columbia

Junior boys: Boys Junior PGA Championship

Valhalla GC, Louisville, Ky.

July 31 - August 4
Men’s amateur: Western Amateur

Sunset Ridge CC, Northfield, Ill.

August 2-5
European Tour: Fiji International

Natadola Bay GC, Natadola, Fiji

LPGA: Ricoh Women’s British Open

Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Lytham, England

PGA Tour: Barracuda Championship

Montreux GC, Reno, Nev.

PGA Tour: WGC Bridgestone Invitational

Firestone CC (South), Akron, Ohio

Web.com Tour: KC Golf Classic

Nicklaus GC at LionsGate, Overland Park, Kan.

August 3-5
Champions: 3M Championship

TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.


      
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