FRIDAY  | JULY 19, 2019
by Adam Schupak

Rory McIlroy saw his dream of playing a British Open in his native land quickly turn into a nightmare Thursday.

After being showered with a hero’s welcome at the first tee of Royal Portrush’s Dunluce Links, McIlroy hooked his tee shot out of bounds. He took his penalty, re-teed and made a disastrous quadruple-bogey 8.



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.

British Open co-favorites Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy employ caddies who grew up in Northern Ireland and have played Royal Portrush hundreds of times. Ricky Elliott (Koepka) and Harry Diamond (McIlroy) also were accomplished amateurs. How much does having such a man on the bag help this week at the British Open?


Nicklaus stands out for more than his golf
I just read Jack Nicklaus’ “Letter to my Younger Self” in the Players’ Tribune. It should be mandatory reading for all PGA Tour professionals and anyone who is a fan of professional golf.

The class that Nicklaus demonstrates in his praise of Arnold Palmer, his dedication to family and his philanthropy and concern for children facing health challenges is truly inspirational. I would also argue that it is largely unmatched in golf, if not all of sport.



Number of strokes by which American J.B. Holmes led after the first round of the British Open on Thursday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. After a bogey on the first hole, Holmes ran off six birdies to post a 5-under 66.




Golf Films’ latest project, “Tiger Woods: Chasing History,” will premiere at 8 p.m. EDT Monday on Golf Channel, the network announced. The film will highlight each of Woods’ 81 PGA Tour victories, spanning the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational to this year’s Masters.


Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho, will celebrate its 15th anniversary on Aug. 2 by reducing its green fee by 30 percent to its 2004 rate: $70. The club is owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and affiliated with the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel.


Golf’s top fashion companies and merchandise suppliers will gather in Las Vegas for the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience on Aug. 13-14. The annual event coincides with Las Vegas Fashion Week and multiple related trade shows.


Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, Calif., recently introduced a new event space for business and social gatherings. The Garden Courtyard sits next to the pool at the daily-fee club and can accommodate 75 guests.


The U.S. Golf Association will offer free tickets to the U.S. Amateur to members of the armed services. The 119th U.S. Amateur will be played Aug. 12-18 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort.


Discover Puerto Rico has expanded its golf niche services to be designed and executed by Dan Shepherd Public Relations. Puerto Rico features 17 golf courses, all of which are open to public play.


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

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
Copyright © 2019 -