TUESDAY  | JUNE 18, 2019
U.S. Open postmortem, staring Gary Woodland, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose and others

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by John Hawkins

It couldn’t quite match 2008 in the drama department, and it didn’t have the same nose-to-nose, can-you-top-this factor that made 1999 so special, but the 119th U.S. Open was a keepsake with staying power. If the term “instant classic” is an oxymoron befitting of the millennium, so is the notion that America’s national championship can be difficult to play and still fun to watch.

Every action movie needs a little blood. This one favored the sound of a roar more than visions of gore, however, leaving us with yet another reason to wonder why the USGA can’t leave well enough alone, much less resist the urge to overcook its setup of the world’s finest golf courses.

 


by Dan O’Neill

You’ll never have a problem picking Viktor Hovland out of a crowd, or recognizing him in Cromwell, Conn., this week. He’ll be the one smiling.

“Golf can make you look miserable,” said Oklahoma State coach Alan Bratton, who bid farewell to his standout player on Sunday. “You wonder why people play sometimes. You don’t have to wonder that with Viktor.”

Hovland departed Pebble Beach on Sunday the same way he arrived 10 months ago: grinning ear to ear.

 


USGA, Fox deliver winner at U.S. Open
It looks as if the USGA temporarily has redeemed itself with this past weekend’s U.S. Open.

Though the first seven holes at Pebble Beach turned into a birdie-fest, the rest of the course played tough, like traditional U.S. Open venues of the past.

 


Reported: The highest ratings for the U.S. Open since Fox started televising the national championship in 2015, according to the Nielsen ratings service. Sunday’s final round averaged 7.31 million viewers, peaking at 10.17 million from 9:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m. EDT as Gary Woodland won his first major championship.

 


2.25

Amount, in millions of dollars, that Gary Woodland earned for winning the U.S. Open on Sunday. The payout from the $12.5 million purse equaled the amount that Rory McIlroy won for claiming the Players Championship in May as the richest in golf.

 


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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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Imperial Headwear announced a limited-edition Superintendent Collection of themed products to be offered through the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the GCSAA’s philanthropic arm, the Environmental Institute for Golf, and the First Green program.

 

Cordillera Ranch in Boerne, Texas, introduced its renovated fitness center. The center, which opened in 2009, features a reconfigured design, new programs and updated equipment amid views of the club’s Jack Nicklaus Signature course.

 

Puma Golf congratulated Gary Woodland, who in January signed a multiyear contract to represent the golf company on the PGA Tour. Woodland wears Puma Golf’s Volition America Collection of patriotic-themed apparel and Ignite Pwradapt footwear.

 

Pound Ridge (N.Y.) Golf Club will play host to the 2020 Metropolitan Golf Association Public Links Championship. The tournament, the oldest public-course championship in the U.S., will be played June 10.

 

Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga., will invite a twosome to spend time with Jack Nicklaus at the resort in October. Nicklaus is expected to return for the reopening of the Great Waters golf course. The Jack’s Back contest includes a four-day, three-night stay plus golf and other perks at the resort.

 

PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., will host PGA Youth Golf Camps this summer. The events, to be held June 18-21, July 23-26 and Aug. 6-9 at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily, will cover instruction, rules, etiquette and fitness. The camps are open to youngsters ages 6-12 and cost $199 plus tax.

 

The winner of the recent U.S. Open wore footwear with replaceable cleats, according to PrideSports, which manufactures the Champ and Softspikes brands. The victory gave the technology a 3-for-3 record in golf’s major championships this season, PrideSports said.

 

Pro Golf Weekly will be acquired by a Boston investment group under an agreement announced Monday by Tom Gorman, the lead principal among the buyers. The digital magazine and website cover the major professional tours.

 


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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