TUESDAY  | JULY 2, 2019

A jet-lagged Alex Miceli, reporting from Lahinch Golf Club for this week’s Irish Open, highlights three extraordinary six-shot victories over the weekend from both sides of the Atlantic: Christiaan Bezuidenhout on the European Tour, Nate Lashley on the PGA Tour and Steve Stricker on the Champions Tour.


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by John Hawkins

The 21st century officially has arrived in Scotland, a place where traditionalistic sensibilities ÷ change = resistance, at least until financial gain enters the equation. Last week’s announcement that 16-time British Open host Muirfield will admit 12 women to its previously all-male membership is more than just a sign of the times. A reluctant concession, perhaps, in that the famed links was bumped from the British Open rota by the R&A almost immediately after failing to approve female inclusion in May 2016.

Ten months later, that same group of gents, known as the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, reconvened to vote on the issue again.

 


by Gary Van Sickle

The three most valuable persons on the PGA Tour are Tiger Woods, commissioner Jay Monahan and … Hollis Cavner.

Maybe in that order; maybe not. When I suggest to Cavner that he might be No. 1 in that lineup, he doesn’t want to hear it. “No, no,” Cavner said. “It’s got to be Tiger.”

Cavner is a behind-the-scenes lifesaver for the PGA Tour. More precisely, he is a tournament-saver.

 


Errant shots are hardly kid’s stuff for fans
Unfortunately, changes typically aren’t made until tragedy strikes (“Risk rises as fans squeeze close to action,” June 27).

Dan O’Neill’s article reminded me of a PGA Tour event where an infant in a stroller was almost struck by an errant shot. I remember reading an article about this and comments that followed blaming the mother for bringing the child to a Tour event, but I have to admit that I was surprised this was even allowed.

 


50

Number of years since the PGA Tour played a regular-season event in Minnesota. The 3M Open will begin Thursday at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Ping introduced its next generation of women’s golf equipment, the manufacturer announced. The G Le2 line of clubs is available for pre-order at authorized Ping golf shops.

 

Three first-time winners on major professional tours wore cleated shoes last week, according to PrideSports, which manufactures the Softspikes and Champs brands. The winners on the PGA, European and Korn Ferry tours posted breakthrough victories in cleated shoes. Also, the winners on the LPGA and Champions tours wore cleated shoes.

 

Germantown Golf Park will be the centerpiece of a proposed golf and residential community that will arise on the site of the former Germantown (Tenn.) Country Club. Millennium Companies is in the process of purchasing the 180-acre site. In addition to the nine-hole short course, to be designed by architect Forrest Richardson, an 18-hole putting course will be constructed.

 

PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., introduced its Great Golf Summer Staycation package for 2019. The club is home to 54 holes of golf – the Dye, Wanamaker and Ryder courses – designed by Pete Dye and Tom Fazio.

 

Troon has appointed Matt Hurley as president of the management company’s Honours Golf Division, and Bob Barrett, founder and chief executive of the division, has been named vice chairman of Troon’s board of directors. Hurley has worked with Troon for 22 years, including as general manager at several clubs.

 

The Garmany Golf Pebble Beach Pro-Am will return to California’s Monterey Peninsula on Jan. 26-30. The team format – one professional and three amateurs – will include play at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill and the Links at Spanish Bay in addition to other activities.

 

Host Matt Ginella will take Golf Channel viewers of the Golf Advisor Round Trip series across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans this month. The show will visit Wailea Golf Club in Maui, Hawaii, and then head to Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Maui show airs at 7:30 p.m. EDT today, and the Bahamas show will be shown at 7:30 p.m. July 9.

 

NBC Sports Group, in an alliance with the R&A, will televise 410 hours of programming dedicated to the British Open. Included in the coverage will be 50 live hours from the Open, to be played July 18-21 at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

 

Sage Run at Island Resort & Casino in Bark River, Mich., will play host to its first college golf tournament this fall. The Island Resort Intercollegiate at Sage Run, a 54-hole, 10-team NCAA Division I men's event, will be played Sept. 1-2 on the Paul Albanese-designed course.

 


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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