FRIDAY  | JUNE 21, 2019
by Julie Williams

Brandon Wu likely was the only guy in the U.S. Open field – certainly the only one who made the cut – to field post-round questions about product design and engineering. It’s not quite Wu’s day job, given that he recently earned his Stanford diploma at the end of a long weekend at Pebble Beach, but product design has accounted for a large amount of his time lately.

“I really like working with people and solving problems,” Wu said.

Wu will remain an amateur through the summer, given that it’s a Walker Cup year and he hopes to make the U.S. team. Soon, he’ll get swept up in professional golf, where he’ll be a lot less likely to have a platform to discuss mechanics.

 


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Longtime golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude are co-hosts of a weekly podcast, Hawk & Rude, in which they discuss and debate the hottest issues in golf. They also share their takes in this weekly installment.

Is U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland ready to become a top-tier player?

 


Brit sides with Yank but only in theory
Reader Paul Boudreau certainly speaks my language when he says that he wants guys and gals from his own country to win every time (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 20).

In my case, that was Justin Rose last weekend at the U.S. Open, but his B game isn't good enough against runner-up Brooks Koepka’s A-minus game and winner Gary Woodland's A-plus game. Like Boudreau, I used to root for anyone challenging Jack Nicklaus in his prime, but in my case, I felt the same about Tiger Woods. When age took its toll on those two, I was happy to see them win the Masters if a Brit couldn't.

 


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Number of players tied for the lead Thursday after the first round of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn. Americans Ryan Armour, Bronson Burgoon and Zach Sucher shot 6-under 64s at TPC River Highlands to join South Korea’s Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes atop the leaderboard.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Crossing the line?
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude discuss player-caddie relationships while reflecting on Jordan Spieth’s behavior at the U.S. Open. They also spend a few minutes on the future of Rickie Fowler.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. discuss Gary Woodlands’ victory at the U.S. Open and Brooks Koepka's brush with history. Woodland, Koepka, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods talk about the week at Pebble Beach. Also, Bubka and Randolph preview this week’s Travelers Championship.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Golf Life Navigators has hired Jeff Raimer as the company’s senior data analyst. Golf Life Navigators creates a virtual marketplace for consumer-to-club connections.

 

Sixty-five Troon-affiliated courses have been named to Golfweek magazine’s best-courses lists. Five Troon properties were named to Golfweek’s top 100 Modern Courses list, and the others were among the magazine’s Best Courses You Can Play state-by-state and Best Private Clubs state-by-state rankings.

 

Two Delaware courses owned by Carl M. Freeman Golf have been ranked on Golfweek magazine’s Best Courses You Can Play list for the state. Bayside Resort Golf Club in Fenwick Island ranked No. 1, and Bear Trap Dunes in Bethany Beach was listed at No. 5.

 


CALENDAR
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
Korn Ferry: 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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