MONDAY  | AUGUST 6, 2018
by Jeff Babineau

Well, that didn’t take very long, did it? We've returned to a Tiger Woods World once again on the PGA Tour, blaring across every FM dial. He didn’t win the British Open, but he knocked hard on the door, and now it’s a matter of when Woods will win again. Forget about the bad weekend in Akron. We watch. We wait. 

There are a pair of Justins high on the map. Justin Rose has had a hot season and has risen to World No. 2, and Justin Thomas is hot off his first WGC trophy Sunday in the Bridgestone Invitational (scores) and looking to defend his PGA title this week in St. Louis (tee times). Phil Mickelson won again and is on track to make his 12th consecutive U.S. Ryder Cup team (and that new dancing commercial will get some buzz). Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are in search mode, playing under heavy scrutiny. Bubba Watson is a three-time winner this season. Italy’s Francesco Molinari is the flavor of the month. Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele are phenoms on the rise. 

 



by Gary Van Sickle

The U.S. Open was the easiest tournament Peter Jacobsen ever won.

“All I had to do was hit one shot and beat two 15-handicappers,” Jacobsen said, reminiscing on the phone recently while taking a break from his NBC golf announcing duties.

 


Whaley doesn’t deserve PGA presidency
Kudos to Patrick Casey for standing up and speaking out (“L.A. pro to PGA: Clean up Levy mess,” Aug. 2).

I wonder how Suzy Whaley, the PGA of America’s vice president, and the PGA’s board of directors would have felt had president Paul Levy hit a car, injuring or killing innocent people, rather than a traffic sign (“In the news,” June 14). DUI is a criminal act that endangers the lives of others on the road.

 


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Number of major championships – or LPGA titles of any kind, for that matter – for England’s Georgia Hall, who won the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in her homeland. Hall, 22, holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole Sunday to take the lead and shot 5-under 67 for a 17-under 271 total and two-stroke victory over Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum (70). Hall, who had her father, Wayne, on the bag, was born during the 1996 Masters won by England’s Nick Faldo and was named for the home state of Augusta National Golf Club. Hall is England’s first female major champion since Karen Stupples won the Women’s British Open in 2004. South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu (70) placed third at 13-under 275. No Americans were among the top 14 (scores).

 


Withdrew: From this week’s PGA Championship, England’s Lee Westwood, citing an undisclosed injury. He was replaced in the field by American Jason Kokrak. The PGA begins Thursday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis (tee times).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Feasting on Firestone
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts discuss the PGA Tour’s final trip to Akron, Ohio, and mull the landscape heading into this week’s PGA Championship.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Rickie Fowler will wear selections from Puma Golf’s autumn/winter collection of apparel at this week’s PGA Championship in St. Louis. He also will play from a limited-edition Cobra bag designed with the color scheme of host Bellerive Country Club’s logo.

 

Bryson DeChambeau will wear selections from Puma Golf’s autumn/winter collection of apparel at this week’s PGA Championship in St. Louis. He also will play from a custom staff bag designed with the color scheme of host Bellerive Country Club’s logo.

 


CALENDAR
August 6-9
Men’s amateur: Canadian Amateur

Duncan Meadows GC, Duncan, British Columbia

August 6-12
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur

The Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston Springs, Tenn.

August 7-10
Men’s amateur: British Senior Amateur

 Royal Porthcawl GC, Rest Bay, Wales

August 8-12
European Tour: European Golf Team Championships

Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland

August 9-12
Web.com Tour: Ellie Mae Classic

TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif.

PGA Tour: PGA Championship

Bellerive CC, St. Louis

August 10-12
Symetra Tour: PHC Classic

Brown Deer Park GC, Milwaukee


      
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