THURSDAY  | JULY 4, 2019
by Mike Purkey

This paralysis by analysis of why Brooks Koepka doesn’t win events other than majors needs to end. Because it doesn’t matter. It shouldn’t concern us, and it certainly doesn’t bother him.

Koepka fits the modern game perfectly. He’s strong, has fast-twitch speed and is one of the best putters in golf. And the way the new professional schedule is arranged, the emphasis is on major championships, and Koepka is a major beast.

 


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by Alex Miceli

It has been a good year for Jon Rahm. At least, that is how he characterized the first six months.

The fiery Spaniard’s blood doesn’t seem to be boiling, though he hasn’t won a solo tournament title since his Spanish Open victory in April 2018. Rahm, 24, is quick to point out that he won just three months ago, with teammate Ryan Palmer at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

“Well, I have won this season,” Rahm said Wednesday before this week’s Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club (tee times), when asked about his lack of recent victories. “I know it's New Orleans and it's a partners event, but I still count it as a win. If we are talking individually, yeah, I mean, I've had 10 top 10s so far.”

 


by John Hawkins

Steve Stricker’s boss victory last weekend at the U.S. Senior Open marked the first time that a reigning Ryder Cup captain had won a major championship since Jack Nicklaus had that little throwdown on Father Time at the 1986 Masters, then went on to pilot the Yanks at Muirfield Village in ’87. You could protest this somewhat insignificant bit of trivia by noting that Stricker’s triumph came against men 50 or older, which hardly compares to Nicklaus’ remarkable performance en route to his 18th major title, but I’ll waive my right to a rebuttal and invoke my option to digress.

He may no longer rank among America’s 12 best golfers, but Stricker remains an outstanding player. His actual captaincy is still 15 months in the distance, but with current Masters champ Tiger Woods overseeing the U.S. contingent that will travel to Australia for the Presidents Cup in December, the idea of a playing captain suddenly seems quite relevant.

 


As act of contrition, Hawkins should follow LPGA
John Hawkins is not "the only old-school knucklehead who thinks the R&A crossed the line by dropping the hammer on a club that for decades on end has remained a loyal and consistently superb host of its biggest championship" (“Muirfield admits women but not to be PC,” July 2).

But fortunately, there is a decreasing number. Hawkins wrote, "The notion that the R&A was willing to compromise the standards of its best product, if only slightly, in the interest of making a political statement is somewhat disheartening." So, admitting women as members is an act of compromising the standards of the club’s best product?

 


30

Number of combined victories on the European Tour for the 1:10 p.m. (local time) pairing today of Ireland’s Padraig Harrington and Englishmen Ian Poulter and Tyrrell Hatton in the first round of the Irish Open at Lahinch (Ireland) Golf Club.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Troon will celebrate July as “Troon Family Golf Month” at the management company’s affiliated courses worldwide. Many Troon courses will feature family-oriented instructional programs, clinics, tournaments and other events.

 

Dennis Tuhn has been appointed as general manager of The Golf Club at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., according to OB Sports Golf Management. Tuhn will oversee the club’s golf, merchandising, agronomy and food-and-beverage operations. He had been the head golf professional at San Jose Municipal Golf Course for nearly 20 years.

 

To help celebrate the Fourth of July, Peakvision Sunglasses is offering a 15-percent discount on all styles at www.peakvision.com. Peakvision offers a variety of styles for golfers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

 


CALENDAR
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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