FRIDAY  | JULY 12, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

He wins major championships these days as if they’re reduced for clearance. Was it this easy for you, Tiger?

He holes out so often, it’s as if he’s putting into a funnel. Color us jealous, maybe even a little bitter.

He is No. 1 in the senior circuit’s unofficial rankings and would be the likely first pick in any Champions Tour fantasy draft. Wait, they’ve got that?

 


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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.

Dustin Johnson remains stuck on one major title, a victory that occurred three years ago. How many majors will Johnson have won when his career ends?

 


Faulkner’s legend grows with impromptu lesson
To add to Max Faulkner’s colorful life (“Colorful Faulkner adds pizzazz to Portrush,” July 10): For many years, while a member at Cooden Beach Golf Club, I lived in The Dormy House at Bexhill-on-Sea, England, Faulkner’s birthplace. While there, I had the pleasure of meeting Faulkner many times and found him to be a delightful character.

On one occasion I sought him out at Storrington, West Sussex, where his son-in-law, Brian Barnes, himself a fine tournament golfer with three top-10 finishes in the British Open, had opened his own golf course. Faulkner, dispensing with flamboyant attire in such rural surroundings, would dress down while helping around the course. Often seen wearing baggy old trousers, with bailing cord tied around the ankles and topped off with a scruffy “cheese cutter” cap, he easily could be mistaken as one of the green staff.

 


Added: To the British Open field, Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini, who will replace American Kevin Na, who withdrew from next week’s event because of an undisclosed injury. Sabbatini, 43, a six-time winner on the PGA Tour, has not played in the Open since 2011.

 


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Number of consecutive rounds on the PGA Tour in which a competitor has shot 62. Mexico’s Roberto Diaz was the latest, shooting 9-under 62 on Thursday to open a two-stroke lead in the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

 


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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. interview Brian Keogh from the Irish Golf Desk for insight about the upcoming British Open at Royal Portrush.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Billy Casper Golf has been selected to manage Spring Creek Golf Club in Zion Crossroads, Va. The semi-private club, which features an Ed Carton-designed course, opened in 2006.

 

The new clubhouse at Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, Miss., has been recognized by Golf Inc. magazine. The 33,000-square-foot structure, which cost $16 million and opened in August 2018, has been named “Clubhouse of the Year – Top New Private Clubhouse” by the magazine.

 

Fifteen golf courses managed by KemperSports have been named to Golf Digest magazine’s “Best in State” list. The ranking appears in Golf Digest’s June issue.

 

TecTecTec has retained Watanabe Seisakusho Co. to distribute the French manufacturer’s laser rangefinders in the Japanese market. Watanabe Seisakusho works with numerous golf brands.

 

NBC Sports will air five major golf championships in four weeks, the network announced. Beginning with this week’s Bridgestone Senior Players on the Champions Tour, the network will televise the PGA Tour’s British Open on July 18-21, the LPGA’s Evian Championship on July 25-28, the Champions Tour’s Senior British Open on July 25-28 and the LPGA’s AIG Women’s British Open on Aug. 1-4.

 

Streamsong (Fla.) Resort will host its third annual Streamsong Summer Classic on Aug. 9-11. Two-man teams will compete in a four-ball event on the resort’s Red and Black courses.

 


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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