TUESDAY  | JUNE 11, 2019

Rory McIlroy comfortably returns to his winning ways, and on the eve of the U.S. Open, his timing couldn’t be better.


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by Dan O’Neill

The U.S. Open has received plenty of criticism in recent years, as you’re no doubt aware. Yes, sir. When it comes to second guesses, NHL officials got nuthin’ on the USGA. In fact, produce a magazine article and throw some anonymity around and you might even get a bunch of players to talk about a boycott.

But here’s the thing about setting up major-championship golf events: It is both by-and-because-of nature a flawed proposition. The U.S. Open Championship is not a smart phone app or a software program, coded to run the same every time. It is not Aunt Jemima pancakes, recipe on the box.

 


by Alex Miceli

What could we learn from Rory McIlroy that his rounds of 67-66-64-61 in winning the recent RBC Canadian Open didn’t already tell us?

In recording his 16th PGA Tour victory on Sunday, McIlroy broke the tournament scoring record by five shots, with the outcome never in doubt during the final round.

 


by Gary Van Sickle

It wasn’t quite dark Sunday night when I walked alongside Pebble Beach’s 18th hole, but it was close enough.

A small moon glowed straight overhead. A spectacular sunset of red- and orange-splashed clouds was gone, as if it never had happened. The Pacific Ocean rolled languidly in Stillwater Cove, reflecting the last remnants of the day’s fading light. I could hear the Pacific, and smell it.

Semi-darkness may seem like a strange time to patrol golf’s most photogenic finishing hole. The shadows left a lot to the imagination, but any golfer knows that land by heart. It was enough to be there in one of golf’s special places and have it to myself.

 


An allegiance to good golf
I'll have to disagree with reader Joe Hughes concerning his rooting for only the Americans on the LPGA tour (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 10).

Hughes says that watching golf is the Olympics to him, which is his prerogative, but unless it is the Olympics or something like the Solheim Cup, there are no teams representing nations during regular LPGA events.

 


Finalized: The field for this week’s U.S. Open, with the addition of three players based on their positions in the Official World Golf Ranking and three alternates from sectional qualifying, the U.S. Golf Association announced.

 


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Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who improved one spot after his runaway seven-stroke victory Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open (“Keeping score,” June 10).

 


RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: U.S. Open preview
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude size up this week’s U.S. Open, which returns to Pebble Beach and features perhaps the best collection of storylines in years.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Puma Golf is celebrating this week’s U.S. Open with its limited-edition Patriot Pack. With designs inspired by the U.S. flag, the apparel features red, white and blue tones from head to toe and throughout the bag, as well.

 

Tim Quirk has been hired as the director of golf at Leatherstocking Golf Course at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, N.Y. Quirk, 51, had been the head professional for nine years at Longmeadow (Mass.) Country Club. He replaces Dan Spooner, who will aid in the transition and retire at the end of this season after 23 years at Leatherstocking, a 1909 Devereux Emmet design.

 

Scott McCarron, a Tour Edge Exotics staff player, won the Mastercard Japan Championship for his third victory on the Champions Tour. McCarron played the Exotics CBX 119 hybrid.

 

The Symetra Tour will return to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on June 21-23. The Island Resort Championship will be played for a ninth consecutive year at Sweetgrass Golf Course at The Island Resort and Casino. The winner and runner-up will earn exemptions into the Evian Championship, one of the LPGA’s five major championships.

 

Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho, announced a number of specials for June. The club, part of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort, will offer deals for Flag Day (June 14), Father’s Day (16th), the summer solstice (21st) and a TaylorMade demo day (23rd).

 

NBC Sports and TaylorMade Golf announced an expansion of its Golfpass sponsorship agreement with a sweepstakes offer. A winner and a guest will be invited to join Rory McIlroy and TaylorMade representatives at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for golf, an equipment makeover and other activities.

 

Reynolds Kingdom of Golf announced the TaylorMade For You club-fitting package at the center in Greensboro, Ga. The private session includes access to a TaylorMade fitter and club builder at the Reynolds Lake Oconee.

 


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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