by Gary Van Sickle

David Duval asked himself a big question in 2001, shortly after he finally won The Big One that had eluded him for so long, the British Open. The question: Is that all there is?

The answer he found was an unsatisfying Yes. Winning the Open wasn’t as fulfilling or as meaningful as he had expected or had hoped. Duval didn’t win another major title despite being immensely talented. Were those things connected? Possibly.



by Alex Miceli

The best stretch of golf on the European Tour starts this week with the Irish Open, followed by the Scottish Open and then the British Open in successive weeks.

Thinking about three weeks on some of the best links courses in the world makes my mouth water.

Consider the winners of past Irish Opens: Bobby Locke, Christy O’Connor Jr., Ben Crenshaw, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Jose Maria Olazabal, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy among them. It’s a pedigree that is hardly matched in professional golf.


A victory for golf, if not stogies and scotch
I’m fond of John Hawkins’ writing style, and Hawkins makes golf sparkle for me. But (you sorta knew there would be one …) with all due respect, I had a strong reaction to his article about Muirfield accepting women as members (“Muirfield admits women but not to be PC,” July 2).

While I’m uncertain of the final thrust of his article about Muirfield, women and the Open (did I miss the sardonic inference?), he contends that Muirfield’s capitulation is regrettable, because the club’s members were frog-marched, at the tip of a financial and prestige bayonet, toward inclusion and equity.



Number of players who competed for the victorious Americans at the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National who will be playing in this week’s 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn. Brooks Koepka, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, will be joined by former Ryder Cup teammates Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Patrick Reed and Jimmy Walker (tee times).




“Tom at Turnberry,” a Golf Films project, will debut at 9 p.m. EDT Monday on Golf Channel, the network announced. The showing will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Tom Watson and his improbable run at age 59 in challenging for the 2009 British Open title.


NBC Sports will air eight hours of live coverage for the three-day American Century Championship next week, the network announced. The 30th annual tournament, to be played July 12-14 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Nev., attracts some of the top names in sports and entertainment for its 93-player field.


Golf Channel announced coverage plans for tournaments on three major professional tours this week. Beginning Thursday, the network will broadcast from the European Tour’s Irish Open, the PGA Tour’s 3M Open and the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.


Len Ziehm has joined NewEngland.Golf as a writer, the digital publisher announced. Ziehm, a retired sportswriter at the Chicago Sun-Times, will contribute pieces including travel, interviews, lifestyle and special assignments for NewEngland.Golf, which focuses on the six-state region. Ziehm also contributes to Morning Read and other golf media outlets.


The winner of the recent U.S. Senior Open played a Lamkin Grips product, the manufacturer announced. The champion used the Lamkin Deep Etched Full Cord Pistol grip on his putter, according to Lamkin.


Golftec has opened a retail site in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the company’s 13th location in metropolitan Los Angeles. The store, at 29821-C Aventura, features three training bays with motion measurement, video analysis and launch monitors to help provide lessons and club fittings. A grand opening will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT July 27.


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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