WEDNESDAY  | JULY 10, 2019
by John Fischer

The British Open returns to Royal Portrush, a wonderful links course on the Antrim coast at the top of Northern Ireland, next week. In the Open’s only previous visit to Portrush, in 1951, Englishman Max Faulkner won to become the toast of British sports fans, but today he is little remembered.

Faulkner, christened Herbert Gustavus Max Faulkner, was born in 1916 in Brexhill-on-Sea. His father, Gustavus, known to all as “Gus,” was a golf professional who guided young Max in the game. Young Faulkner learned quickly and, at age 15, qualified for the 1932 British Open at Prince’s Golf Club. He missed the cut but stayed to follow eventual winner Gene Sarazen for the last two rounds. Faulkner was intrigued by the shots that Sarazen could manufacture when he ran into trouble, leading the teen to experiment.

 


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by Gary Van Sickle

I know that Topgolf is our game’s hottest phenomenon. The golf-entertainment facilities are opening everywhere, it seems.

There are 51 in the U.S., including one that opened last year in the Pittsburgh area, sort of near where I live.

My first experience at Topgolf was a bad one. That was five years ago, so I decided it was time to give Topgolf a second chance.

 


Daly should live with his choice
I disagree with Alex Miceli on this one (“In telling Daly to take a hike, R&A trips,” July 8).

It is about John Daly abusing his body and doing nothing to repair it. Many touring pros have had hip and knee replacements over the years so that they could continue their careers. If Daly doesn't want to get his arthritic right knee repaired, that's his decision.

 


Withdrew: John Daly, from next week’s British Open, citing “a medical condition,” according to the R&A. Daly, 53, the 1995 British Open champion, has an arthritic right knee. According to media reports in Kentucky, Daly intends to play in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship, which will be held July 18-21 at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky., opposite the British Open.

 


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Number of Scottish Opens that The Renaissance Club, a 2008 Tom Doak design in North Berwick, Scotland, will host this summer. This week, the European Tour visits for the third event on the eight-tournament Rolex Series, beginning Thursday (tee times). The Ladies European Tour will play the Ladies Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club on Aug. 8-11.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Draft codgers
Veteran scribes John Hawkins and Jeff Rude size up the field for next week’s British Open by holding their first major-championship draft. Seven picks apiece, plus full analysis on what one might expect at Royal Portrush.


The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. review a thrilling finish to the 3M Open as winner Matthew Wolff leads another wave of exciting young players. Next up: An interview with Brian Keogh from the Irish Golf Desk, with insight into the upcoming British Open at Royal Portrush.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

FlightScope congratulated spokesmen Matthew Wolff, the winner of the recent 3M Open, and runner-up Bryson DeChambeau for their performances at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn. FlightScope tracks and analyzes sports-performance data. Wolff and DeChambeau practice with FlightScope’s X3 launch monitor.

 

Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas will begin accepting tee-time reservations July 13 for the club’s opening Oct. 11. Golfers with a room reservation at Wynn or Encore can secure tee times 90 days in advance at the Tom Fazio-designed course. Non-resort guests can reserve tee times 30 days in advance, beginning Sept. 13.

 

Members of the Eastern Shore Golf Course Superintendents Association and scientists from the University of Delaware have collaborated to publish Best Management Practices for Delaware Golf Courses. The guide was developed in part by using a template from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

 


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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