FRIDAY  | JULY 5, 2019
by Adam Schupak

The Irish Open is being held this week at Lahinch Golf Club, located on the southwest coast in County Clare, one of those places that simply make you want to throw the bag over your shoulder and go play. And yet Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland’s favorite son, is nowhere to be found. He is skipping the event for the first time in his professional career in order to prep for the British Open at Royal Portrush, which returns to his home country in less than two weeks for the first time since 1951.

“If there is ever a year when I feel I can miss the Irish Open, it’s this year,” McIlroy said in February. “If I was to play the Irish Open, the Open Championship would be my third event in a row. For me, that’s not the best way to prepare for what could be the biggest event of my life.”

 


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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.

Of all the great British Opens over the years, which one stands out the most?

 


Like boats against the current, we row onward
I am not surprised that more letters have been published in reaction to John Hawkins’ views concerning Muirfield (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 3; July 4; “Muirfield admits women but not to be PC,” July 2).

Indeed, Hawkins is fortunate that golf publications and newsletters do not attract the wide readership of, say, The New York Times and that golf's readership is much more polite. Similar opinions by columnists in these more widely read publications have resulted in a deluge of vitriolic and accusatory letters, with many questioning the values of the publications that would employ such a person. There has been some loss of employment as owners decide to cut any potential loss.

 


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Number of birdies made by American Scott Piercy, who shot a bogey-free 62 for the first-round lead Thursday in the PGA Tour’s inaugural 3M Open in Blaine, Minn. Piercy, 40, a four-time winner who is in his 11th season on Tour, birdied six of his final eight holes at TPC Twin Cities.

 


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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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