MONDAY  | JUNE 10, 2019
by John Hawkins

America probably needs a Hall of Fame just to oversee all of the halls of fame that have been founded over the years. Every state must have its own HOF by now. Some of them, such as the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, specialize in certain areas of excellence, but there’s also the Burlesque Hall of Fame and the Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame, as well as the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame and the Polka Hall of Fame, so this whole hall-of-fame thing bears a striking resemblance to a hall of mirrors.

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was an inaugural inductee to the Insurance Hall of Fame, in 1957? Anyone who flies a kite in thunder and lightning deserves such enshrinement on his deductible alone. It’s interesting how “fame” continues to show up in the titles of these establishments, given that the word has assumed a somewhat negative connotation in recent times and has little to do with outstanding performance.

 


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by Dave Seanor

Think the Koepka vs. Chamblee kerfuffle is entertaining? Imagine if social media had been around when Walter Hagen was in his prime.

One hundred years ago, when phones weren’t so smart and TV was a sci-fi concept, Hagen won the U.S. Open in a playoff against Mike Brady. The night before the showdown at Brae Burn Country Club, Hagen partied until dawn with his pal Al Jolson, the legendary entertainer who’d been performing in nearby Boston all week.

 


by Gary Van Sickle

Just in case you forgot how good Tiger Woods was at his best, let me remind you with some forgotten lore.

Nineteen years ago here, Woods dominated the U.S. Open like no one else. His game in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach might be the finest golf ever played. At 12 under, Woods was the first player to finish 72 holes of the Open in double digits under par. He won by 15 strokes.

 


Zip it, guys. Women must have skin in game
Reader Ron Yujuico and other men should shut up on the issue of priorities in women’s golf (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 7).

Do they have any idea how hard it is for LPGA players to secure a sponsorship? What do you think sponsors want to see? Pretty women in makeup and short skorts. This has been the same damn thing since the beginning of time.

 


7

Number of strokes by which Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy breezed to victory in the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday in Hamilton, Ontario. McIlroy, 30, who stepped onto the 18th tee at Hamilton Golf & Country Club needing birdie to shoot 59, instead made bogey to shoot 9-under 61 for a 22-under 258 total.

 


Out: For the rest of the season, South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, who cited a wrist injury – he didn’t indicate which arm – in a weekend post on Twitter. Schwartzel, 34, the 2011 Masters champion, has not played since missing the cut in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April.

 


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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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Puma Golf has released the apparel and footwear that its staff players will wear at this week’s U.S. Open. Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland will play at Pebble Beach wearing selections from Puma Golf’s Autumn Winter ’19 Collection.

 

World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., introduced its summer golf packages. The variety of packages include play at the King & Bear and Slammer & Squire courses through Sept. 30.

 


CALENDAR
June 11-15
Women’s amateur: Ladies British Open Amateur

Royal County Down GC, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

June 12-15
Men’s amateur: Sunnehanna Amateur

Sunnehanna CC, Johnstown, Pa.

Men’s amateur: Southeastern Amateur

CC of Columbus, Columbus, Ga.

Men’s amateur: Monroe Invitational

Monroe GC, Pittsford, N.Y.

Men’s amateur: Southwestern Amateur

Desert Mountain Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.

June 13-16
Web.com: Lincoln Land Championship

Panther Creek CC, Springfield, Ill.

PGA Tour: U.S. Open

Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links

LPGA: Meijer LPGA Classic

Blythefield CC, Grand Rapids, Mich.

June 14-16
Symetra: Forsyth Classic

Hickory Point GC, Decatur, Ill.


      
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