MONDAY  | JUNE 17, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

Amy was right. Isn’t she always?

Amy is the girl who changed Gary Woodland’s life when she joined him to play TPC Scottsdale’s par-3 16th hole during a Phoenix Open practice round earlier this year.

She’s the girl who changed all of our lives, the millions of us who watched the video of her walking with a compassionate Woodland, hitting a bunker shot and making the biggest putt of her life for an amazing par after telling her playmate, your new 2019 U.S. Open champion, “I’ve got this.”

 


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by Alex Miceli

It just wasn’t Brooks Koepka’s day.

Koepka, a four-time major champion, was a popular pick to win a third consecutive U.S. Open title before the week began at Pebble Beach Golf Links. But he came up three shots short of winner Gary Woodland.

 


by Scott Michaux

A funny thing happened at the 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach: Fox Sports got to cover a golf tournament and not a controversy.

In its fifth opportunity as the host network of America’s national golf championship, the folks at Fox finally got to settle into a state of normalcy. There were no “broccoli” greens, such as the ones that overshadowed the network’s shaky debut in 2015 at Chambers Bay. There was no unresolved ruling to cast an ominous sense of uncertainty over the back-nine proceedings, such as in 2016 at Oakmont. There was no general grumbling about another rookie venue not being “U.S. Open worthy,” such as in 2017 at Erin Hills. There was no out-of-control golf course causing embarrassment, such as in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills.

 


Give Spieth a break … and some space
I think it's fine for Jordan Spieth and his caddie to have words on the course during a round (“Caddies take shots despite hitting none,” June 14).

Spieth was wrong, but he's intense and competitive and was a little frustrated because he didn't execute the perfect shots at the time. I disagree with reader Jon Craig about the distance being the caddie's responsibility (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 15). They are a team, and Spieth simply didn't hit the shot the right distance. That’s not the caddie's fault.

 


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Rank in scrambling for the week at the U.S. Open for Gary Woodland, who claimed his first major championship with a three-stroke triumph Sunday at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Woodland, who saved par 16 of 20 times after missing greens, came into the week ranked 169th in scrambling on the PGA Tour.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: U.S. Open recap
John Hawkins and Jeff Rude cover all of the bases with flair aplenty in reviewing the 119th U.S. Open, won by Gary Woodland in a thriller over Brooks Koepka.



CALENDAR
June 16-19
Men’s amateur: Sizzler Amateur

Troon North GC, Scottsdale, Ariz.

June 19-22
Men’s amateur: Rice Planters

Snee Farm GC, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Men’s amateur: Northeast Amateur

Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, R.I.

June 20-23
Web.com: Wichita Open

Crestview CC, Wichita, Kan.

European: BMW International Open

Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany

PGA Tour: Travelers Championship

TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

LPGA: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Hazeltine National GC, Chaska, Minn.

June 21-23
Champions: American Family Insurance Championship

University Ridge GC, Madison, Wis.

Symetra: Island Resort Championship

Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Mich.


      
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