WEDNESDAY  | MAY 22, 2019
by Mike Purkey

Lee Trevino famously said, “God didn’t give one guy everything.” Ben Hogan had his issues with the putter. Jack Nicklaus wasn’t a genius around the greens. Tiger Woods wasn’t the best driver. But each was the greatest player of his generation.

Brooks Koepka didn’t get everything, either, although for 54 holes it sure looked like it as he rolled effortlessly through the field and Bethpage Black for three rounds at last week's PGA Championship. He ran into the elements in the final round and managed to win the PGA for the second year in a row. Koepka has won four majors in the past 23 months, using every tool in the game.

 


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by Alex Miceli

In September 2020, the U.S. and Europe will embark on what likely will be another epic match to see which side will take home the Ryder Cup.

The teams will be familiar to TV viewers, with few new faces likely on the U.S. side, which would be particularly disturbing because the depth of good, young U.S. players is extensive.

 


Chamblee turns down volume on Koepka dispute
I have never been a fan of Brandel Chamblee, but Alex Miceli wrote a good piece on the Golf Channel analyst (“Chamblee, on Koepka: He’s major enigma,” May 20).

Chamblee provided understandable, thoughtful answers to Miceli’s questions, and, as with so many of the differing opinions appearing in Morning Read, deserved to be heard.

 


Presented: With the Ben Hogan Award, Oklahoma State’s Viktor Hovland, a junior from Oslo, Norway. The award recognizes the best men’s college golfer from the past 12 months, based on all college and amateur events.

 


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Number of players to compete in all four PGA Tour stops in Texas this year. Jordan Spieth, a lifelong Dallas resident, and Abraham Ancer, a native Texan who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Mexico, are entered in this week's Charles Schwab Challenge.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: PGA in review
It wasn’t the prettiest finish in golf history, but Brooks Koepka’s fourth major title in less than two years featured lots of interesting moments. John Hawkins and Jeff Rude dissect the week at Bethpage.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Troon Golf Vacations has introduced 25 vacation packages, featuring 12 worldwide golf destinations. The offer was made through TGV’s licensee Golf Advisor Travel.

 

Reynolds Lake Oconee of Greensboro, Ga., has chosen Inntopia for its marketing email. The lakefront golf community is using Inntopia’s Marketing Cloud platform.

 

TGA Premier Sports will work with Jason D’Amore, the men’s golf coach at Loyola Marymount, to present the Southern California Golf Experience junior camp. The four camps will last five days each and be open to boys and girls ages 10-18, beginning June 17-21.

 

Two of Boyne Golf’s resort courses in Michigan were ranked on Golf Digest’s 2019-20 list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, the Petoskey, Mich.-based resort announced. The Heather at Boyne Highlands resort and the Links/Quarry course at Bay Harbor Golf Club were recognized by the magazine.

 

The Loop at Forest Dunes in Roscommon, Mich., a reversible layout designed by Tom Doak, has won an unprecedented double honor on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. The Black and Red courses were ranked 45th and 47th, respectively, on the list. Forest Dunes, a Tom Weiskopf design, was listed at No. 28, putting all three courses at the resort among the magazine’s top 50.

 


CALENDAR
May 17-22
Women’s college: NCAA Division I Championship

Blessings GC, Fayetteville, Ark.

May 23-26
Champions: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

Oak Hill CC, Rochester, N.Y.

Web.com: Evans Scholars Invitational

Glen Club, Glenview, Ill.

LPGA: Pure Silk Championship

Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Va.

European: Made in Denmark

Himmerland Golf & Spa Reort, Farso, Denmark

Symetra: Zimmer Biomet Championship

RTJ Golf Trail (Lake Course at Grand National), Auburn, Ala.

PGA Tour: Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas

May 24-29
Men’s college: NCAA Division I Championship

Blessings GC, Fayetteville, Ark.

May 25-29
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort (Old Macdonald, Pacific Dunes)


      
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