MONDAY  | JULY 8, 2019
by Alex Miceli

John Daly never was going to win the 148th British Open anyway. So, why make such a big deal of a 53-year-old man riding a cart next week at Royal Portrush?

Brooks Koepka’s victory in the PGA Championship at Bethpage in May hardly was tainted because Daly, a former PGA champion, used a cart. Daly was, at best, a footnote for that week in May as he missed the cut by seven strokes. But the PGA of America understood a valuable lesson: Humanity is bigger than the game.

 


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by John Hawkins

If orange is the new black, if 50 is still the new 40, then marijuana is the Comeback Player of the Decade. Once scorned as a catalyst for more dangerous drugs, a cultural divider in the 1960s that can be blamed for Cheech & Chong and a lot of bad fashion, the stuff known as pot is now very, very hot. Just 10 U.S. states remain fully opposed to legalization, the same number that have decriminalized it altogether.

So, if recreational use has become somewhat acceptable, the medical powers of marijuana are emerging as indisputable. Cannabis is proved to have a positive medicinal effect on dozens of serious ailments, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. It remains a banned substance in all major sports leagues, including the PGA Tour, although there’s reason to believe that soon will change.

 


Women display a game that should be dude perfect
Recently, there has been a great deal of discussion in Morning Read about the LPGA, much of it focused on foreign players, American players not practicing enough, rooting for your own countrywomen, and much of it, unfortunately, with a negative overtone.

I have a different view. From 1978 through 1989, the LPGA Championship was played at the Jack Nicklaus Sports Center, sometimes known as Kings Island, in Mason, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati. I had once seen Louise Suggs and Patty Berg in a local exhibition, and the U.S. Women’s Open had been played in 1963 at Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati. The LPGA Championship gave locals a chance to see the players on an annual basis, and competing on a course open to the public.

 


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Score, an eagle, that American Matthew Wolff made on the final hole to win the PGA Tour’s inaugural 3M Open in Blaine, Minn., in only his third start as a professional. Playing on a sponsor exemption, Wolff sank a 26-foot putt at TPC Twin Cities’ par-5 closing hole to shoot 6-under 65 for a 21-under 263 total and one-stroke victory.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Inntopia is encouraging its hotel and resort clients to participate in promotions for Amazon Prime Day – actually two days this year, July 15-16 – when the marketing database company anticipates big purchases via the online giant. Last year, analysts estimated that Prime Day sales topped $4 billion, up sharply from the $2.4 billion in sales in 2017.

 


CALENDAR
July 9-12
Junior boys/girls: Junior World

Torrey Pines GC, San Diego

Men’s amateur: Trans-Miss Amateur

Maridoe GC, Carrollton, Texas

July 11-13
Symetra: Donald Ross Classic

French Lick (Ind.) Resort (Ross Course)

July 11-14
Men’s amateur: Eastern Amateur

Elizabeth Manor CC, Portsmouth, Va.

Korn Ferry: TPC Colorado Championship

TPC Colorado, Berthoud, Colo.

Men’s amateur: Players Amateur

Berkeley Hall GC (South), Okatie, S.C.

PGA Tour: John Deere Classic

TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.

LPGA: Marathon Classic

Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, Ohio

European: Scottish Open

Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland

Champions: Senior Players Championship

Firestone CC (South), Akron, Ohio


      
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