FRIDAY  | AUGUST 17, 2018
by Dan O’Neill

Let’s get one thing straight: This isn’t Wishbone Ash opening for the Rolling Stones. The U.S. Amateur isn’t a warmup act. It’s the oldest championship in the United States Golf Association stable, first held in 1895, a day before the first U.S. Open. 

This is the most prestigious championship in amateur golf, a rock on which the game was founded in this country, a major before “the majors” became majors.  

 



by Alex Miceli

It would be great to see Tiger win again! If Tiger wins, it would be good for the game of golf!

These are two of many thoughts of fans, professional golfers and even the media, but do they have any basis in fact? To answer that question, you first must define what golf means in this context.

 


Woods deserves Ryder Cup berth
According to Mike Purkey, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk has to weigh the fact that Tiger Woods finished second at the Valspar, second at the PGA and has five top-6 finishes (“Furyk must recognize Woods’ baggage,” Aug. 16). All that in a year during which, eight months ago, Woods barely was swinging a putter, against the pack of also-rans looking to make a spot on the Ryder Cup team.

Those players looking to make the team would love to have a year like Woods’. For some, it would be a career year.

 


59

Score, which was 11 under, for American Brandt Snedeker in the first round of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Amazingly, Snedeker, who started on the 10th hole, opened with a bogey and stood 1 over through three holes. He made a 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe at the par-4 No. 9 hole, his 18th, to cap an 8-under 27 on his homeward nine. It was the 10th score of 59 or better shot in PGA Tour history, and the first by anyone who was over par at any point in the round. Jim Furyk shot the all-time low, 58, in the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship en route to a fifth-place finish. Among the previous 59s, only four went on to win tournament titles: Al Geiberger (1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic), David Duval (1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic), Stuart Appleby (2010 Greenbrier Classic) and Justin Thomas (2017 Sony Open in Hawaii). Snedeker held a four-shot lead over Americans Ryan Moore and John Oda (scores).

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Looking back, peeking forward
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts review the year’s four major championships and begin sizing up next month’s Ryder Cup.


The Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
Brooks Koepka emerges as the king of major championships, adding the PGA title to his recent U.S. Open victory. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. analyze how Koepka held off such a quality field, including hard-charging runner-up Tiger Woods. The Vertical Groove Hotline features Morning Read’s Alex Miceli. In the Feature Interview, Bubka catches up with Suzy Whaley, soon to be the first female president of the PGA of America.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Annika Foundation will host the inaugural Annika Invitational Australasia on Dec. 14-16 at Royal Wellington Golf Club in Wellington, New Zealand. The junior girls’ tournament extends the circuit launched by World Golf Hall of Fame member Annika Sorenstam’s foundation to a fifth continent, adding to events in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

 

Columbus (Ohio) Country Club has been awarded a Distinguished Club award by BoardRoom magazine, the club announced. The award recognizes the club, its management and staff in the private-club industry.

 

Five clubs managed by Troon Privé, the private-club division of golf-management company Troon, were honored by BoardRoom magazine. BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Belfair in Bluffton, S.C.; Columbus (Ohio) Country Club; Manchester Country Club in Bedford, N.H.; and Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, Calif., were recognized with BoardRoom’s Distinguished Club award.

 


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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