MONDAY  | JULY 22, 2019
by Adam Schupak

A year ago, Shane Lowry sat in his car and cried in the players’ parking lot at Carnoustie after shooting a 74 in the opening round of the British Open. He had sacked his caddie of nine years, and his game appeared to be in steep decline. He was on the verge of losing his PGA Tour card, and his fall felt swift, spiraling and seemingly irreversible.

One year later, he marched toward the horseshoe of seats towering around the 18th green at the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush in carefree fashion with an insurmountable lead at the 148th British Open. Cheers of “Ole, Ole, Ole” from the grandstand for the unexpected gift he had given the local faithful reverberated throughout the resort town as he dodged raindrops and basked in a glorious late-afternoon champion's walk (scores).

 


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by Dave Seanor

It’s only fitting and proper that I nurse a Guinness as I write this commentary. If only for a few days, thanks to Shane Lowry, the world ­– the golfing world, at least – can celebrate a united Ireland.

Only 24 hours earlier, I left Royal Portrush’s Dunluce Links convinced that Lowry couldn’t possibly hold it together on Sunday. The pandemonium after he posted a third-round 63 was akin to the home side celebrating a Ryder Cup victory. C’mon, people, I thought. There’s still 18 holes to play.

 


Non-compliance with drivers raises questions
Watching the British Open, I was shocked to hear that as many as four of 30 drivers tested by the R&A were non-compliant.

The questions and implications that this fact raises are interesting and hugely relevant to hosting a fair tournament. These four golfers were required on very short notice to procure a compliant driver. This is a potentially huge competitive disadvantage to a professional golfer, exceeded perhaps only by a putter being deemed non-compliant and requiring placement on short notice.

 


Reported: That Tiger Woods will compete in a one-day skins-type exhibition with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama this fall in Japan. The event will be played Oct. 21 at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club near Tokyo, ESPN’s Bob Harig reported, citing a source.

 


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Number of consecutive victories on the Symetra Tour for Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit, who won the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic on Sunday. Tavatanakit closed with a 5-under 67 for a 20-under 268 total and seven-stroke victory at Brook Lea Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Open and shut at Portrush
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude serve up some piping-hot takes on the 148th British Open, won by Irishman Shane Lowry in a six-stroke runaway.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Srixon saluted Shane Lowry for his victory Sunday at the 148th British Open. Lowry, of Ireland, played a bag full of Srixon equipment and the Z-Star XV ball in winning his first major championship.

 


CALENDAR
July 22-27
Girls junior: U.S. Girls’ Junior

SentryWorld, Stevens Point, Wis.

July 23-25
Men’s amateur: New England Amateur

Quechee (Vt.) Club

July 23-26
Men’s amateur: Pacific Coast Amateur

University of New Mexico GC, Albuquerque, N.M.

Women’s amateur: Canadian Women’s Amateur

Red Deer (Alberta) G&CC

July 24-26
Men’s amateur: Northern Amateur

Sand Creek CC, Chesterton, Ind.

July 24-27
Men’s amateur: Palmetto Amateur

Palmetto GC, Aiken, S.C.

Men’s amateur: Porter Cup

Niagara Falls CC, Lewiston, N.Y.

July 24-28
Men’s amateur: Cotton States Invitational

Bayou DeSiard CC, Monroe, La.

July 25-28
PGA/European: WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational

TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.

LPGA: Evian Championship

Evian Resort GC, Evian-les-Bains, France

PGA Tour: Barracuda Championship

Montreux G&CC, Reno, Nev.

Korn Ferry: Price Cutter Charity Championship

Highland Springs CC, Springfield, Mo.

Champions: Senior British Open

Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Lytham, England

July 26-28
Symetra: CDPHP Open

Capital Hills, Albany, N.Y.


      
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