THURSDAY  | JUNE 6, 2019
by John Fischer

Samuel F.B. Morse, the man responsible for creating the Pebble Beach Golf Links where the U.S. Open will be played next week, was a visionary. He was in charge of developing the area on the central California coast where the course sits, a long piece of prime real estate perched on a cliff overlooking Carmel Bay. The views are spectacular, and lots for homesites could have been sold for a great return.

Morse saw it differently. He envisioned the perfect site for a first-rate golf course. Homesites would be on the inland side of the course or at other locations around famed 17-mile Drive, a prime attraction for visitors in the early 1900s.

 


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by Jim Nelford (as told to Gary Van Sickle)

You should know one thing about Pebble Beach: It is a ball-striker’s paradise. It has the smallest greens on the PGA Tour, and it is usually windy from its perch overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Those two things mandate precise ball-striking.

I usually played well there decades ago during my PGA Tour career because I fit that bill. I didn’t miss many greens. So, when the U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach next week, expect the best ball-strikers to rise to the top.

 


Whistling past the LPGA’s graveyard
Congratulations to Dan O’Neill on a well-written, incisive, refreshingly truthful and rational commentary on the state of the LPGA tour ... and women's golf in particular (“Haney exposes LPGA’s dirty little secret,” June 5).

The golf world has spent an enormous amount of time and energy on "growing women's golf" over the past 20 years. The result: a major decrease in the amount of play, and an even more major decrease in LPGA tour interest ... as O’Neill correctly pointed out.

 


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Number of top-10 finishes this season for Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, including a victory at the Players Championship, to lead the PGA Tour in the category. McIlroy will be making his RBC Canadian Open debut today at Hamilton (Ontario) Golf & Country Club.

 


Announced: By the USGA, that Sankaty Head Golf Club in Siaconset, Mass., will host the 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: A six-pack of seconds
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude review Phil Mickelson’s record-setting collection of runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. analyze Patrick Cantlay and his victory at the Memorial, plus the recent U.S. Women’s Open. Bubka and Randolph also take a look at this week’s RBC Canadian Open and next week’s U.S. Open before wrapping up the show with Morning Read founder Alex Miceli.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Cape Fear National in Leland, N.C., will undergo course renovations that include work to the greens and bunkers. The project will be overseen by Billy Casper Golf. The course is projected to reopen Sept. 2.

 

Golf Channel will offer coverage from five major professional tours plus the World Long Drive this week. Play from the PGA, LPGA, Champions, European and Web.com tours, plus the long drivers, will be aired.

 

Buffalo Groupe has acquired Rawle Murdy, a communications company in Charleston, S.C. Rawle Murdy will operate as an independent agency within Buffalo Groupe, based in Reston, Va.

 

Peakvision offers sunglasses as a gift for Father’s Day. Among the company’s styles, the LX2 offers golfers full coverage from the sun.

 

Westhaven Golf Club in Franklin, Tenn., will be the home for PXG custom fittings in middle Tennessee, the club announced. The club’s performance center is open to the public for fittings and instruction.

 

Golf Channel will air more than 60 live hours of news, features and analysis from Pebble Beach, Calif., next week for the U.S. Open. The coverage includes the World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 7 p.m. EDT Monday.

 


CALENDAR
June 4-7
Women’s amateur: Women’s Southern Amateur

Lockwood Folly CC, Supply, N.C.

June 5-8
Men’s amateur: Dogwood Invitational

Druid Hills GC, Atlanta

June 6-9
Web.com: BMW Charity Pro-Am

Thornblade Club, Greer, S.C.

PGA Tour: RBC Canadian Open

Hamilton (Ontario) G&CC

June 7-8
European: GolfSixes Cascais

Oitavos Dunes, Cascais, Portugal

June 7-9
Champions: MasterCard Japan Championship

Narita (Japan) GC

LPGA: ShopRite LPGA Classic

Stockton Seaview Hotel & GC, Galloway, N.J.

Symetra: Four Winds Invitational

Blackthorn GC, South Bend, Ind.


      
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