MONDAY  | AUGUST 13, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

Brooks Koepka, the 54-hole leader of the 100th PGA Championship, received some important advice from his coach, Claude Harmon III, before he went out in Sunday afternoon’s final pairing with Australian Adam Scott.

“I know you’ve got a big man-crush on Adam, but don’t take any selfies with him on the first tee,” Harmon told Koepka. “That won’t look cool, man.”

 



by Alex Miceli

Sport has a way at times of shocking the senses.

On Sunday at the PGA Championship, many observers were jolted as memories of Tiger Woods roaming the fairways, in contention and in his familiar red shirt in the final round of a major tournament, came rushing back.

 


Sponsor exemptions look like airballs
I hope that Stephen Curry's second-round 86 at the past week’s Web.com Tour stop (26 shots higher than the day's best round and 10 shots higher than the day's next-worst round) finally will persuade tournaments to stop giving sponsor exemptions to celebrities who do nothing more than clutter the field (“In the news,” Aug. 11).

Give the exemptions to alternates who, like Mike Arnaud did at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in May, can have a magical week and change their entire career (“In the news,” May 21)

 


2

Number of U.S. Women’s Amateur titles that Kristen Gillman has won. Gillman, 20, a University of Alabama junior from Austin, Texas, defeated Jiwon Jeon, 21, an incoming Alabama transfer from Daegu, South Korea, 7 and 6, in the scheduled 36-hole final match at Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tenn. Gillman ran off nine birdies to breeze to the title. As a 16-year-old, she won the 2014 Women’s Amateur (scores).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: PGA Championship wrap
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts dive into the year’s final major. Brooks Koepka won his third major title in his past six starts in golf's biggest events, fending off a Sunday charge from Tiger Woods.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Cleveland Golf will introduce the RTX 4 wedge on Sept. 14 in North America, the company announced. The club represents the fourth generation of Cleveland’s Rotex Face Technology.

 

Omega concluded its weeklong program and onsite activation at the PGA Championship as Brooks Koepka won the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Omega hosted a series of events throughout PGA week, starting under St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch.

 


CALENDAR
August 13-19
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur

Pebble Beach (Calif.) GL

Junior boys: British Boys Amateur

Royal Portrush (Northern Ireland) GC

August 16-19
Web.com Tour: WinCo Foods Portland Open

Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Ore.

European Tour: Nordea Masters

Hills GC, Gothenburg, Sweden

PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship

Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.

LPGA: Indy Women in Tech Championship

Brickyard Crossing GC, Indianapolis

August 17-19
Champions: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open

En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.

Symetra Tour: FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship

Battle Creek (Mich.) CC


      
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