WEDNESDAY  | JUNE 12, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

The last time anyone won three consecutive U.S. Open titles, Teddy Roosevelt was president, America had only 45 states; the Wright Brothers built the first plane that could stay in the air for 30 minutes; and Albert Einstein published his “Theory of Relativity.”

The year was 1905. Willie Anderson, an immigrant Scotsman, completed his three-peat at Massachusetts’ Myopia Hunt Club.

Brooks Koepka is trying to match that historic feat. He has won four major championships in two years – the past two U.S. Opens and past two PGAs – and he has established himself as the best golfer on the planet. Yet he’s not getting the kind of recognition that one might expect for such a blazing trail through the pages of golfing lore.

 


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by John Hawkins

Back when newspapers still had the fiscal resources to staff big sporting events, I was dispatched to San Francisco for an NFL playoff game between the 49ers and Redskins. After Washington lost, I remained in the Bay Area for the NFC Championship, which meant a week of writing stories about two teams my subscribers had no interest in reading.

Early that Tuesday morning, the phone rang in my hotel room. This made no sense; the maids hadn’t even gotten to work yet. “The boss wants you to go play Pebble Beach,” my editor said, leaving me to wonder if I’d be hanging out in a hot tub with Heather Locklear afterward.

 


by Dan O’Neill

Jordan Spieth hasn’t stopped pinching himself, all these years later.

“I remember vaguely the 2000 U.S. Open, watching it, and 2010 when Graeme [McDowell] won,” said Spieth, who was born in 1993. “And then having played the AT&T here, the last six or seven years, it's just one of the most amazing pieces of property in the world.

“The fact that we get to play golf on it is pretty amazing, and to have a major championship on it is even more special.”

 


by Alex Miceli

The first U.S. Open that I can remember watching was in 1980 at Baltusrol.

It was Jack Nicklaus and Isao Aoki over the last two rounds, seemingly going head to head, though Lon Hinkle, Keith Fergus, Mark Hayes and Tom Watson were within two strokes of the lead when Sunday’s final round started.

 


Memphis in Monterey? Pebble could get barbecued
I have been giving a lot of thought to this U.S. Open as Pebble Beach hosts for the sixth time (“Pebble Beach greets evolving U.S. Open,” June 11).

It is a gorgeous, iconic course that is celebrating its 100th year, but it is not really what I call a traditional U.S. Open venue. Pebble Beach is not a monster like Oakmont, nor is it tight like Olympic. Therefore, something must be accomplished via man to harness its toughness so that the course can hold up against today's strong young men.

 


12

Number of U.S. Open champions who are entered in the 119th U.S. Open, which begins Thursday at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links (tee times).

 


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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

Carr Golf announced travel packages to Ireland that will be tied to the 2020 Aer Lingus College Football Classic, in which Notre Dame will play Navy on Aug. 29 in Ireland. Carr Golf specializes in golf trips to the British Isles.

 

The recent winners on the PGA, LPGA, Web.com and Champions tours wore cleated footwear, according to PrideSports, which manufactures the Champ and Softspikes brands. On the winners’ feet, Champ’s Zarma Tour and Stinger and Softspikes’ Tornado and Pulsar cleats were worn.

 

TecTecTec will make its laser rangefinders available through the Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy websites, the manufacturer announced. Today, all TecTecTec rangefinders sold through those sites will be included in a Father’s Day flash sale at $20 off.

 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America awarded 15 chapter-outreach grants totaling $27,000, the organization announced. The money is earmarked to help affiliated chapters reach golfers and employers on the local level.

 

Women’s Golf Day on June 4 involved more than 25 million participants at 845 locations in 46 countries, organizers said. The event was designed to introduce women to golf.

 

The U.S. Golf Association has agreed to support the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s First Green program with a $20,000 award. First Green provides hands-on education in science, technology, engineering and math at golf courses.

 

Big Max is gearing up for the summer golf season with merchandise sales designed for dads and grads. Free gifts will be offered to select purchases from the company’s golf bag and push-cart lines.

 

Keswick Hall Golf Club’s Full Cry in Charlottesville, Va., made its debut on Golfweek magazine’s recent Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S. list., ranking 66th. Full Cry, a 2014 Pete Dye design, also improved to No. 3 in the magazine’s Virginia ranking.

 

Short Par 4 congratulated Lexi Thompson for her recent victory in the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Thompson represents Short Par 4, a box-subscription service that ships apparel and gear to golfers. Among Short Par 4’s offering: The Magnolia Box, which contains the style of Puma Golf apparel and footwear that Thompson wears.

 


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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