TUESDAY  | JULY 9, 2019
by Alex Miceli

A couple of weeks ago, when I was taping my weekly “One Take” video for Morning Read, I came back to a familiar topic. I have expressed my views numerous times, and after receiving news of the R&A’s total purse for the 2019 British Open, I think it’s worth discussing again.

The winners of golf events worldwide receive far less money than they deserve.

 


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by Mike Purkey

Tiger Woods will not win the British Open.

He was listed at 16-1 odds to win by Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, similar to the 15-1 line listed by venerable Ladbrokes in the U.K. Don’t waste your money.

Here are five reasons why:

 


by Len Ziehm

Clair Peterson, the long-time tournament director of the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, was hoping for a last-minute field boost from either Jordan Spieth, a two-time winner here, or three-time champion Steve Stricker, the recent U.S. Senior Open champion.

Both had advised Peterson that they were “50-50’’ on coming to the event, held traditionally in the week before the British Open. Neither entered before the 5 p.m. Friday deadline, but Peterson had no complaints. The tournament’s 49th staging this week on the Illinois-Iowa border won’t be lacking in talent (field list).

 


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Next fashion trend: ‘What Would Alex Do’ bracelets
Morning Read's moralist/ethicist Alex Miceli once again has shown me the light (“In telling Daly to take a hike, R&A trips,” July 8). I actually thought that the PGA of America had erred in allowing John Daly to play from a golf cart in its championship, but after reading that the R&A had chosen not to allow Daly the same courtesy in the upcoming British Open at Royal Portrush, I am questioning my own enlightenment.

Miceli may have overlooked the fact that the R&A is located in Britain and that any U.S. Supreme Court ruling here has no influence on decisions reached overseas. He makes the case that Casey Martin, a golfer who actually was disabled, was allowed in 2001 to use a cart to make his argument that Daly should be given the same accommodation. Aside from the fact that both men are golfers, there is nothing else that the two have in common.

 


Announced: By the R&A, that $1.25 million will be added to the prize fund for the Women’s British Open, bumping the purse to $4.5 million. The winner will be paid $675,000. The Women’s British Open will offer the second-highest purse among the LPGA’s five major championships, behind only the U.S. Women’s Open.

 


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8-1

Odds for co-favorites Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy to win the British Open next week at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge has received a 2019 Restaurant Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine in recognition of the Orlando, Fla., resort’s wine program. The list will be published in Wine Spectator’s August issue.

 

NBC Sports will develop a multiplatform Ryder Cup presence as part of a new digital-media relationship announced with the PGA of America and the European Tour. The work, to be done ahead of the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, will include a website for fans of the U.S. and European teams and a new app.

 

The winner of the recent Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic used a Lamkin putter grip, the manufacturer reported. The winner played the Lamkin Crossline Paddle putter grip en route to a 29-under score.

 

Players ages 20-52 won tournaments during the past two weeks on major professional tours, according to PrideSports, which manufactures the Champ and Softspikes brands of golf cleats. The roster of winners included players on the PGA, LPGA, European and Korn Ferry tours.

 

Imperial Headwear has launched its 2020 Collection of products, the Bourbon, Mo.-based manufacturer announced. The 2020 line includes The DNA Project, Imperial carry bags and new junior styles.

 

French Lick (Ind.) Resort will play host to the Symetra Tour this week as the LPGA’s developmental tour visits for the third annual Donald Ross Classic on July 11-13. The women will play the Donald Ross Course at the resort.

 

Tour Edge introduced its new line of Hot Launch 4 hybrids and HL4 Iron-Woods. HL4 is the fourth release in the Hot Launch series designed by Tour Edge founder David Glod. The clubs will be available nationwide Aug. 1.

 


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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