SATURDAY  | JULY 20, 2019
by Adam Schupak

Ten years ago this May, Shane Lowry won the Irish Open as an amateur. Reminiscing during an anniversary celebration, Lowry declared that nothing – not even winning a major – would top the feeling of capturing his country’s title. He might get a chance to find out. Lowry shares the 36-hole lead at the 148th British Open with J.B. Holmes after posting a second straight 67 for a 36-hole total of 8-under 134 (scores).

“I’m right where I want to be,” said Lowry, who started his round Friday in the worst of the weather.



by John Hawkins

It ended with him putting from 10 yards short of the green across flat, wet terrain to a pin maybe 75 feet away, a 6-handicap move with a 12-handicap result: Tiger Woods’ third shot at Royal Portrush’s 18th on Friday came up 20 feet short. Back in the day, he would have whipped out a wedge and skimmed a little two-hopper to 3 or 4 feet and saved par. Back in the day, of course, his presence on the weekend was all but a given.

At the 2019 British Open, Woods missed the 20-footer, tapped in for another bogey and doffed his cap to resounding applause, acknowledging grandstands full of golf fans who know greatness when they see it. Even if that vision is derived solely from memory. This might be the old man’s major championship – the average age of Claret Jug winners since 2011 is a shade over 36, five years higher than any of the other three gatherings – but Woods looked nothing more than old and cold at Portrush.


Nicklaus’ greatest masterpiece
Thanks so much to reader Mike Kukelko and Morning Read for bringing Jack Nicklaus’ letter to my attention (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 19).

Every once in a while, something comes along that transcends sports and current events. Nicklaus’ letter certainly does. Of all the things that he has written over the years, this is his masterpiece.



Number of strokes by which American Cydney Clanton and Thailand’s Jasmine Suwannapura led after three rounds of the LPGA’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational at Midland (Mich.) Country Club. The Clanton-Suwannapura team shot 7-under 63 on Friday under the foursomes (alternate-shot) format for a 16-under 194 total in the LPGA’s first official team event.




Hawk & Rude: The real halftime show
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude pick apart the 148th British Open though 36 holes, and as is often the case, they find plenty to chew on.


Marty Gorsich has been promoted to chief executive officer of the Century Club of San Diego, which hosts the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open. Gorsich joined the Century Club in 2012 and served as chief operating officer for the past three years.


The Lou Grubb Clubhouse at Papago Golf Course in Phoenix has been recognized by Golf Inc. magazine. The structure was named Clubhouse of the Year – 2nd Place Public Course, New Construction in Golf Inc.'s July/August issue.


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

Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio

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
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