MONDAY  | JULY 1, 2019
by Mike Purkey

The romance of Q-School was intoxicating. The idea of players competing for a yearlong job over six mind-racing, stomach-churning days, knowing that if they didn’t succeed, there weren’t many golf playing options created drama like none other in the game.

The PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament – known as Q-School – was held each fall with 144 players scraping and clawing for 25 exempt spots (and ties) on the Tour for the following year. Most Tour players who lost their cards were exempt into Final Stage, but many in each year’s field fought through the first and second stages of qualifying for a chance to chase their dreams.

 


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by Alex Miceli

After the fallout regarding instructor Hank Haney and his recent remarks about women’s golf (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30), I realized that many of us who cover the sport have little understanding about what is happening with the LPGA and how the tour is handling the issues brought about by Haney’s comments.

I had a chance to sit down with LPGA commissioner Mike Whan at the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach, Calif., and asked him about the women’s tour.

 


Welcome to the 21st century, Muirfield
What a bunch of mensches. Muirfield's Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers has admitted women. They always wanted to, you know, beginning in 1744. They laser-focused on the issue, right after the move to Muirfield in 1891. Finally, finally, I say, they were able to overcome the many obstacles that prevented them from recognizing the existence of women in 2019.

Or right after they were informed that they no longer would be hosting the British Open, whichever came first. It was a Shoal Creek moment, for sure. Funny how money talks.

 


Out: For 2019, American Michelle Wie, who announced that she will forgo the rest of the LPGA season because of ongoing issues with her injured right wrist.

 


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Number of career victories on the PGA Tour for American Nate Lashley, who was the last man to gain entry into the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic and completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday. Lashley, 36, a second-year PGA Tour player who was making only his 33rd career start, closed with a 2-under 70 for a 25-under 263 total and six-stroke victory at Detroit Golf Club. Lashley, who was the third alternate earlier in the week, was the first alternate to win since Vaughn Taylor at the 2016 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

 


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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

To coincide with the upcoming British Open, Global Value Commerce will offer The Final Major Contest: Getting Back to the Elements. Through July 21, entrants to the product giveaway on GlobalGolf.com can win a variety of prizes. Winners will be announced after the British Open, which ends July 21. Global Value Commerce operates an e-commerce platform for new and used golf gear.

 


CALENDAR
July 1-3
Men’s amateur: Sahalee Players

Sahalee CC, Sammamish, Wash.

July 4-7
European: Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Lahinch (Ireland) GC

Korn Ferry: LECOM Health Challenge

Peek’n Peak Resort (Upper Course), Findley Lake, N.Y.

LPGA: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

Thornberry Creek, Oneida, Wis.

PGA Tour: 3M Open

TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.

July 9-12
Junior boys/girls: Junior World

Torrey Pines GC, San Diego

Men’s amateur: Trans-Miss Amateur

Maridoe GC, Carrollton, Texas


      
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