MONDAY  | AUGUST 20, 2018
by Dan O’Neill

A steadfast rule exists at Pebble Beach Golf Links: “absolutely no smoking.” 

That being the case, Viktor Hovland should have been disqualified from the 118th U.S. Amateur and escorted from the property. That's because he smoked everyone. The self-effacing 20-year-old from Oslo, Norway, didn’t just win the most prestigious trophy in amateur golf on its most enchanting canvas. He mauled it. 

 



by Adam Barr

Playoffs?! I just hope we can win a game!”

Jim Mora’s oft-YouTubed rant on sports’ postseasons, which the Indianapolis Colts coach sputtered in a news conference after a turnover-laden loss to the San Francisco 49ers in 2001, remains entertaining – but perhaps not relevant. Back then, playoffs were a simpler thing: a gathering of the best from the regular season (the main event) to crown a champion.

 


Woods brought game into new era
This is the analysis: Tiger Woods made golf a sport, period (“Tiger’s effect on golf? Not what you think,” Aug. 17).

Jack Nicklaus has talked about the “game of golf” for multiple decades. That’s the wrong terminology after Woods. Today’s players are athletes, and a major portion of the distance debate is due to their strength. That is what propels the better equipment to incredible performances.

 


2

Number of golfers who played their way into the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs via the Wyndham Championship. With only the top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list advancing to this week’s Northern Trust, Nick Taylor and Harris English earned berths via their finishes Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Taylor tied for eighth, improving from No. 129 to No. 119 in the season standings. English tied for 11th, moving from No. 132 to No. 124. They bumped Martin Piller and Tyrone Van Aswegen, both of whom missed the cut in Greensboro, dropping to 126th and 127th, respectively (standings).

 


Announced: By the U.S. Golf Association, the American threesomes for the men’s and women’s World Amateur Team Championships. Kristen Gillman, 20, of Austin, Texas; Jennifer Kupcho, 21, of Westminster, Colo.; and Lilia Vu, 20, of Fountain Valley, Calif., will compose the U.S. women's team. Cole Hammer, 18, of Houston; Collin Morikawa, 21, of La Canada Flintridge, Calif.; and Justin Suh, 21, of San Jose, Calif., will compete for the men. The women’s WATC will be played Aug. 29-Sept. 1, followed by the men’s WATC on Sept. 5-8, with both events at Carton House Golf Club in Maynooth, Ireland.





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CALENDAR
August 21-24
Men’s amateur: Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur

Victoria (British Columbia) GC

August 23-26
PGA Tour: Northern Trust

Ridgewood CC, Paramus, N.J.

LPGA: CP Women’s Open

Wascana CC, Regina, Saskatchewan

European Tour: D+D Real Czech Masters

Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic

Web.com Tour: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Ohio State GC (Scarlet), Columbus, Ohio

August 24-26
Champions: Boeing Classic

The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.

August 25-30
Men’s amateur: U.S. Senior Amateur

Eugene (Ore.) CC

August 28-30
Women’s amateur: Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior

Lookout Point CC, Fonthill, Ontario

August 29 - September 1
Women’s amateur: Women’s World Amateur Team

Carton House GC, Maynooth, Ireland


      
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