WEDNESDAY  | JUNE 19, 2019
by Mike Purkey

Questions while staying up late to watch the U.S. Open:

Yes, Pebble Beach captures our imagination, but isn’t it really a seven-hole golf course? Paul Azinger said on Fox that players would have 8-10 approach shots with wedges each day. Doesn’t that make Pebble as outdated as Merion?

 


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Koepka stands out for more than victories
Brooks Koepka has catapulted over a number of players on my favorites list. He just came within one do-or-don’t (if he would have gotten it up and down on 18 and Gary Woodland wouldn’t have done so on 17) of doing something that no American player ever has done: winning three consecutive U.S. Opens (“Koepka falls 3 shots shy in bid for history,” June 17). But he honored his commitment to play this week at the Travelers Championship.

Koepka could have withdrawn and everyone, including the Hartford fans, would have understood. But he traveled across the country to play in an event that has little significant bearing on world ranking or FedEx Cup standings. That says something about him, along with giving the little girl in the gallery the ball from his miraculous par on No. 2 in the final round at Pebble Beach.

 


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Number of British Open spots available at this week’s Kolon Korea Open, which begins Thursday at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan, South Korea. The Asian Tour event is affiliated with the Open Qualifying Series, which will award 46 spots into the British Open, to be played July 18-21 at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

 


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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.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

All three courses at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., have made Golfweek magazine’s Best Courses You Can Play list in Florida. The Dye Course, ranked at No. 22, led the club's trio, with the Wanamaker and Ryder courses also cited by Golfweek.

 

Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst, Va., has completed Phase I of its $3 million renovation. The work included rebuilt bunkers, updated drainage and remodeled practice areas.

 

The Washington State Golf Association has donated $26,000 to support the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s First Green program. The money, which went to the GCSAA’s philanthropic arm, the Environmental Institute for Golf, will help provide First Green’s education work in science, technology, engineering and math at golf courses.

 

Bryce Molder, who played 11 seasons on the PGA Tour, has joined Millennium Companies as director of capital markets and PGA Tour ambassador. Molder, 40, will manage investor relations and strategic initiatives between Millennium and tour players.

 

French Lick (Ind.) Resort will host the Symetra Tour next month with the Donald Ross Classic. The 54-hole event on the LPGA’s developmental tour will feature a 150-woman field competing for a $225,000 purse, with $33,750 to the winner. The tournament dates are July 11-13.

 

Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Ill., will host the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open next month. The 54-hole event, to be played July 16-17, will feature professional and amateur players. Entry is open to females 17 and older who reside in Illinois and the surrounding states of Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

 


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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