FRIDAY  | JUNE 28, 2019
by Adam Schupak

Thirty-seven years ago, I was in the grandstand behind the 18th green at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., when Bob Gilder holed out for a deuce at the par 5 en route to victory. My dad knew a banker at Manufacturers Hanover Bank, the tournament sponsor, and took me to my first tournament. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. I asked my dad if we could go play the next day.

Fast forward a few years, and I remember attending the junior clinic at what had been renamed the Buick Classic and receiving a Callaway S2H2 driver from Chip Beck. I’ve gone through a lot of clubs since that day, but that’s the only club I’ve ever propped up in my bedroom so I could admire it at night, so pretty it was to me.

 


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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 Brooks Koepka a shoo-in for the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year?

 


Protect par and make golf interesting again
Reader Mike McQueen, regarding the arbitrary nature of par, states, "Fans like to see long drives and greens hit, rather than guys hacking the ball out sideways from knee-deep rough” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 27).

Not this fan. Professional golf has gotten boring – to the point that I barely can watch – because all we see on TV is fairway, green, birdie putt, easy par (or birdie, or eagle). Part of the problem is how golf is televised. We see only the best golfers, and best shots, on that particular day, notwithstanding that many pros are out there off camera, hacking away.

 


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Number of senior major championships won by American David Toms, who shared the lead with compatriot Steve Stricker after the first round Thursday in Toms’ title defense at the U.S. Senior Open. Toms and Stricker shot 8-under 62s at Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: More than a Wie bit of trouble
John Hawkins and Jeff Rude are joined by longtime swing instructor David Leadbetter, who has coached Michelle Wie for 16 years, to discuss Wie’s latest physical setback and overall career.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Golftec, which provides instruction and club-fitting services, has opened a retail facility in Colma, Calif. The 2,580-foot store features four training bays and is located at 53A Colma Blvd.

 

Puma Golf has introduced two new styles of suede golf shoes. The Puma OG shoe, a unisex style available in men’s and women’s sizes, mimics a sneaker in styling and retails for $100. The Suede G Patch, which offers customization via six interchangeable label patches, is offered in men’s and women’s sizes and retails for $110.

 

Tour Edge’s HL3 Iron-Wood set has been named the most forgiving in the super game improvement iron-set category by MyGolfSpy in its 2019 Most Wanted testing. The analysis involved 10 super game improvement iron sets.

 

KemperSports has been chosen to manage Lawrence (N.Y.) Yacht and Country Club, the management company announced. The club, located on the south shore of Long Island, dates to 1924.

 


CALENDAR
June 25-29
Men’s amateur: North & South Amateur

Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort

June 27-30
PGA Tour: Rocket Mortgage Classic

Detroit (Mich.) GC

Korn Ferry: Utah Championship

Oakridge CC, Farmington, Utah

Champions: U.S. Senior Open

Warren GC, Notre Dame, Ind.

European: Andalucia Masters

Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain

June 28-30
Symetra: Prasco Charity Championship

TPC River’s Bend, Maineville, Ohio

LPGA: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Ark.


      
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