SATURDAY  | JUNE 15, 2019

America’s sweethearts, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, have a problem. Multiple problems, in fact.

One, they fell off the pace Friday in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Two, the wrong people are ahead of them. The wrong-est of the bunch figure to be Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, three players whom nobody wants to chase.

No, the Open doesn’t look as if it’s going to be won by a famous 40-something: Woods, 43, or Mickelson, who turns 49 on Sunday. You can’t rule them out because of who they are, but you can’t like their chances because of whom they’re chasing (scores).

 


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by Dan O’Neill

Rory McIlroy was assessing his chances at the U.S. Open this week as he identified a key to success: the start.

“I do think there is a 65 out there, and it would be nice if I’m the one who gets off to a fast start for a change,” McIlroy said.

He was right on one count. There was, indeed, a 65 out there. But it wasn’t for McIlroy to get; it belonged to Justin Rose. Six years removed from his U.S. Open victory at Merion in 2013, adjusting to an emotional change on his bag, Rose is the one who has hit the California coast running.

 


by Alex Miceli

It was Monday afternoon of the U.S. Open, and Gary Woodland was on the practice putting green across from the Pebble Beach Lodge with short-game coach Phil Kenyon and caddie Brennan Little.

Kenyon is something of a putting guru, with major champions Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Louis Oosthuizen among the many touring pros as his pupils.

Woodland joined the Kenyon clan at the British Open last year, knowing that he could not live up to his potential unless his short game matched his long game and ball-striking.

 


And now you know the rest of the story
I remember hearing the story about Neil Coles and his caddie, Arthur Maidment, but it had a tail to it (“Caddies take shots despite hitting none,” June 14).

After hitting his 4-wood to 4 feet, Coles turned to his caddie and said, “See, I was right.”

Maidment refused to concede. “But a 3-iron would have been even better,” he said.

 


Pleaded: Guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the death of former Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, Collin Richards, 22, a homeless man, according to the Des Moines (Iowa) Register. Richards faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 23. Barquin Arozamena, 22, of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was found stabbed to death Sept. 17 (“In the news,” Sept. 19).

 


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Score, for the second consecutive day, for Canada’s Brooke Henderson, who opened a three-stroke lead after 36 holes at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Mich.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Jay Larscheid was elected president of the Southwest Section of the PGA of America. Larscheid, 56, of Gilbert, Ariz., is the general manager at Sunland Springs Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. Larscheid, who had served recently as the section’s vice president, is the organization’s 24th president.

 


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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