THURSDAY  | JUNE 13, 2019

Pebble Beach Golf Links offers “a prototypical U.S. Open venue," with high rough and firm fairways and greens … "like they used to play." If you’re looking for a good longshot, Miceli has a suggestion: Henrik Stenson. But Brooks Koepka, the two-time defending champion, will be hard to beat this week.

 


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by Dan O’Neill

Anger on a golf course. Dustin Johnson ponders the concept, but not for long.

“It's just something I've never done,” he said. “I don't like the way it looks. I don't like when other people do it. So, I was taught at a young age that you don't do that.… I just never have. I've hit plenty of bad shots, so why get mad at it?”

Few people in the game have known the troubles that Johnson has seen. Few have had more reason to curse the gods, kick the dog or lose their … spit. And while attention this week at Pebble Beach focuses on Tiger Woods and his record-shattering U.S. Open in 2000, the “Ballad of Dustin Johnson,” published in 2010, deserves equal time.

 


by Gary Van Sickle

The man with 15 major championships stood on the range Wednesday in shorts and a white collarless shirt. Meanwhile, a light fog came on little cat feet, as poet Carl Sandburg might describe it if he were covering this U.S. Open, and dropped its curtain of chill.

The 15-major man was now underdressed due to the weather change, but he didn’t seem to notice. He was busy watching Jason Day, more sensibly attired in slacks, a shirt and a long-sleeved pullover, hit balls on Pebble Beach’s practice range.

Maybe 15 major titles keeps him warm. Anyway, welcome back to the U.S. Open, Steve Williams, super caddie.

 


by Alex Miceli

If Brooks Koepka goes on to win his third consecutive U.S. Open this week, will anyone care or remember 100 years from now?

It may not seem like a fair question as you read this in 2019, but when Willie Anderson won his third consecutive national championship in 1905, it was big news in the golfing world, but not so much now.

 


GUEST COMMENTARY
by Phil Blackmar

Morning Read's John Hawkins recently questioned the value and place of the current-day PGA Tour Champions (“Concept of senior tour grows old,” June 4). He began the commentary with comparisons to the tour’s original lineup, which included greats Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino. If the only value this tour has to offer is a chance to see these iconic legends in person, maybe the headline on Hawkins’ commentary would be correct.

Don’t be fooled, however, into thinking this tour always has been dominated by golf’s legends.

 


Announced: By the LPGA, a new tournament for the 2020 season. The Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio will be played Jan. 23-26 at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

 


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Number of players to win three consecutive U.S. Open titles: Scotland’s Willie Anderson, in 1903-05. American Brooks Koepka, the two-time defending champion, will be attempting to match the 114-year-old record when the 119th U.S. Open begins today at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links (tee times).

 


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.


The Grill Room Golf Show: U.S. Open preview
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. profile the 119th U.S. Open, which begins today at Pebble Beach. The report includes audio from two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka, plus past Open winners Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell. The USGA’s John Bodenhamer, who oversees the course setup, is part of the feature interview.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Golf Films will make its 2019 debut with the two-part “Hogan,” which features the life and legacy of the late Ben Hogan. The film will air at 9 p.m. EDT on Monday and Tuesday, June 17-18, on Golf Channel.

 

Golftec opened a retail center in Alexandria, Va., the company announced. The 2,250-square-foot store, at 1506A Belle View Blvd., features teaching/practice bays and a putting green. Staff members will offer lessons, club fittings and other services.

 

The Arnold Palmer organization will celebrate the 90 days leading up to what would have been the late Palmer’s 90th birthday with a “90 for 90” campaign of moments highlighting Palmer’s career. The initiative, which begins today and concludes on Sept. 10, will be carried across social media, digital channels and SiriusXM Radio.

 

Golf Channel and NBC will dedicate nearly 40 hours of onsite coverage of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week. The tournament, the LPGA’s third major championship of the season, will be played June 20-23 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

 


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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