FRIDAY  | JUNE 7, 2019
by Mike Purkey

What are the odds of winning three U.S. Opens in a row? Vegas hasn’t established odds on such a feat, but if you forget about the three-peat and focus on just this Open, the man in the white-hot light is the co-favorite.

Brooks Koepka, who is attempting to go where no player has gone in more than a century – three straight U.S. Open victories – was a 7-1 pick to win at Pebble Beach next week, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook’s odds. Dustin Johnson was the other 7-1 favorite, followed by Tiger Woods (9-1), Jordan Spieth (14-1), Rory McIlroy (16-1) and Patrick Cantlay (16-1).

 


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Longtime golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude are co-hosts of a weekly podcast, Hawk & Rude, in which they discuss and debate the hottest issues in golf. They also share their takes in this weekly installment.

Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods all tote massive storylines into next week’s U.S. Open. Which of the three would be the most significant winner?

 


More practice, less paint might help women excel
Hank Haney really opened a can of worms with his comments about the LPGA (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30), but whether you agree with him or not, perhaps we're finally going to get to the bottom of this frequent discussion and be done with it.

As with most delicate situations in which people disagree but can't seem to come up with an answer, this appears to be a situation where "telling it like it is" and forgetting about being politically correct is the only way to address this problem.

 


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Number of consecutive birdies made by American Keegan Bradley in the middle of his round as he took the lead Thursday in the RBC Canadian Open in Hamilton, Ontario. Bradley birdied Nos. 7-11, holing five putts totaling 40 feet, as he shot a bogey-free 7-under 63 at Hamilton Golf & Country Club.

 


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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

Big Max has been chosen by Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort to supply the push-cart fleet for the No. 2 course, a frequent host to major championships. The decision comes nine months after the newly renovated No. 4 course re-opened with Big Max carts.

 

Billy Casper Golf has been selected to manage Bucknell Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa. The 18-hole course, which dates to 1930, is the home course for Bucknell University’s men’s and women’s teams.

 

Phillis Meti, a Tour Edge Exotics staff player, won the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash long-drive event on Wednesday. It was her second victory in three events on the World Long Drive tour this season. She used a 7.5-degree Exotics EXS driver.

 

The Ocean Course at Hokuala in Hawaii has selected Billy Casper Golf for management.  The seaside course, near Lihue Airport and on the island of Kauai, was renovated in 2017.

 

Rocket Tour, which manufactures golf headcovers and accessories, launched a program offering co-branded, custom knit headcovers to state and regional golf associations. Six states and a regional association are participating, with four more associations expected to begin next month.

 

Golftec opened a store for lessons and club fitting in Mount Pleasant, S.C., the company announced. A grand opening is scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT June 22 at the store, at 1128 Oakland Market Road Suite 2.

 

Royal Albartross offers customized embossing on its handmade leather accessories that would be ideal for golf tournaments, the company announced. Craftsmen in Italy and Portugal make Royal Albartross' products.

 

Garmany Golf, a golf travel and hospitality company, added two members to its management team. Jonathan Block will serve as chief operating officer, and Steve Sellery was named vice president of business development.

 


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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