THURSDAY  | JULY 11, 2019
by John Hawkins

Rory McIlroy hasn’t won a major championship in almost five years, since a hot August night in Kentucky when he outlasted Phil Mickelson in one of the best PGAs played this century. It ended with the final two groups playing the 72nd hole as a foursome and golf’s curly-haired kid king hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy in complete darkness, a peculiar scene with strong metaphorical overtones.

Eighteen hundred sunsets ago, nobody possibly could have seen what the future would mean.

 


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by Dan O’Neill

Sorry that we’re only into the second week of July, but this is it: the last major championship of the year. Sure, there will be FedEx Cup playoffs, a FedEx Cup winner and a big check still to pass hands.

But there won’t be anything as meaningful. With the PGA having been conducted in May and with nothing to look forward to next month, “Glory’s Last Shot” for 2019 is next week’s British Open in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. No, really, ’tis.

The British Open returns to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years.

 


PGA Tour’s payment structure stands out
I would have no problem with the winner in golf taking a bigger share of the purse, but there are three good arguments in favor of the current system, and all derive from the unique nature of pro golf (“PGA Tour goes too far in spreading wealth,” July 9).

First, unlike all other pro sports, the players own their own league. As all of the players who attain exempt status on the PGA Tour have at least an indirect say in how the pot is divided, it is not unreasonable that they would want the wealth shared. The trick is to obtain a balance between keeping all of the Tour happy and keeping the stars happy.

 


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Number of players who have won three major titles in one season on the Champions Tour: Bernhard Langer (2017), Jack Nicklaus (1991) and Gary Player (1988). Steve Stricker is bidding to join the group at the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, which begins today at Firestone Country Club’s South Course in Akron, Ohio.

 


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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

Golfpass will be celebrating next week’s British Open throughout the month with exclusive offers, entertainment and benefits to members throughout North America, the U.K. and Ireland. Among the features, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, a Golfpass founder, will explore his homeland and preview Royal Portrush Golf Club, site of the 148th Open.

 

Global Value Commerce, which owns and operates GlobalGolf.com and GlobalGolf.ca, introduced a certified preowned program for used golf gear. Equipment sold under the company’s highest designation must pass a six-point inspection to ensure quality and qualify for a 12-month limited warranty.

 

Golf in Los Cabos, Mexico, is on sale this summer. Seasonal specials have been announced at the three Questro Golf courses: Club Campestre, Cabo Real and Puerto Los Cabos. Palmilla Golf Club and Quivira Golf Club also are offering special summer prices.

 


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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