THURSDAY  | JULY 18, 2019
by Dave Seanor

At last, the sun has gone into hiding, the rains have arrived, the temperature has dropped and the wind has kicked up here in Portrush, Northern Ireland. The table is set for the 148th British Open.

Now, we will find out whether the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush is as good as advertised (tee times).

 


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by Adam Schupak

Nothing in our game beats links golf. Nothing.

I fell hard for links golf, a term for courses near the water that literally link the sea to the rest of the land, the first time I played one in Scotland. That is, once I quit using my lofted wedges as if I were playing a Pete Dye target golf course. Golf writer Tom Coyne, in his book “A Course Called Ireland,” may have summed it up best about why so many Americans find the siren call of links golf irresistible.

 


A MESSAGE FROM THE FILM LOOPERS

“Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk” focuses on the famous players and caddies and also the unknowns who work at private and resort courses. With roles of psychiatrist, best buddy, father or mother figure and mathematician, they play a key role. Narrated by Bill Murray, see the film that has drawn critical acclaim.

 


An open-and-shut case of continental divide
I love Morning Read, especially the letters, which give an American perspective on current golf news.

All of the writers refer to the competition due to take place at Royal Portrush as the British Open. It is not the British Open; it is The Open. All of the rest need a prefix: U.S., Canadian, etc. The Open does not.

 


Disqualified: After he turned in a score of 202 in a U.S. Amateur qualifier, Trey Bilardello, 33, of Jupiter, Fla. Bilardello was disqualified by the Florida State Golf Association “for serious misconduct” after he signed for the 131-over score Monday at Mayacoo Lakes in West Palm Beach, Fla., according to a Golf Digest report.

 


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Number of strokes under par for Canadian teammates Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp, who led at 65 after the first round of the LPGA’s inaugural Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. They offset two bogeys with seven birdies in the foursomes (alternate shot) format at Midland (Mich.) Country Club. Americans Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel were second at 4-under 66.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. preview this week’s 148th British Open from Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. The show includes audio with the three major champions from 2019 – Americans Tiger Woods (Masters), Brooks Koepka (PGA) and Gary Woodland (U.S. Open) – plus Northern Ireland favorites Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy. Also, special guests Georgie Bingham and Rupert Bell from Talksport radio.


Hawk & Rude: Rush to judgment
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude dissect the 148th British Open on the eve of the year’s final men’s major championship.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

NextLinks will team with That’s Eatertainment to open a golf gaming and entertainment complex in Mesa, Ariz. The site will be located at The Revelry, a nearly 62,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor facility.

 

The PGA of America will stage its 2020 boys and girls Junior PGA Championships at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie. The Boys Junior PGA will be played July 13-16, and the Girls Junior PGA will be played July 28-31.

 

FlightScope congratulated spokesman Retief Goosen on his recent victory at the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship. FlightScope tracks and analyzes sports-performance data.

 

Prizes have been announced by organizers of the World’s Largest Golf Outing, which is run by Billy Casper Golf and benefits Fisher House Foundation. The ninth annual event will be played on more than 100 golf courses in the continental U.S. and in Hawaii.

 

Short Par 4 congratulated spokeswoman Lexi Thompson for her runner-up finish in the LPGA’s recent Marathon Classic. Thompson wore Puma Golf apparel, which is part of the Magnolia Box, an offering designed for women by Short Par 4’s subscription service.

 


CALENDAR
July 15-20
Boys junior: U.S. Junior Amateur

Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio

July 16-19
Women’s amateur: Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur

Arrowhead GC, Molalla, Ore.

July 16-20
Women’s amateur: Women’s Western Amateur

Royal Melbourne CC, Long Grove, Ill.

July 17-20
Men’s amateur: Southern Amateur

Chenal CC, Little Rock, Ark.

LPGA: Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

Midland (Mich.) CC

July 18-21
Korn Ferry: Pinnacle Bank Championship

Club at Indian Creek, Omaha, Neb.

PGA Tour: Barbasol Championship

Keene Trace GC, Nicholasville, Ky.

Symetra: Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic

Brook Lea CC, Rochester, N.Y.

PGA/Europe: British Open

Royal Portrush (Northern Ireland) GC


      
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