WEDNESDAY  | JULY 24, 2019
by Mike Purkey

Granted, the major-championship season went whizzing by much too quickly. It was too condensed, with not enough time for a proper buildup between events. And now that it’s gone, it will be nine months until the Masters.

But that doesn’t mean the golf season is over. Quite a lot still is left to play for – and plenty of reasons to watch.

The PGA Tour created this schedule so that the FedEx Cup playoffs would end before having to compete with college football and the NFL for weekend afternoon TV viewers. The Tour Championship ends Aug. 25.

 


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Eye of the Tiger, dance of the Irish
In response to the stories about Shane Lowry and his British Open victory (“Lowry unites Irish isle with Claret Jug,” July 22), I have a personal anecdote to pass along, illuminating what a fun soul he truly is.

On the last day of play at the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, I had the pleasure of accompanying Lowry and his playing competitor as a walking standard bearer. With double tees, we were the last group playing off the 10th tee.

 


Withdrew: Shane Lowry, winner of the British Open on Sunday, from this week’s WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational. In a tweet from the PGA Tour announcing the WD, no reason was disclosed, but Lowry was pictured celebrating with his supporters long after his six-stroke victory at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

 


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Number of players in this week’s Senior British Open who are past champions at the British Open. Tom Watson, a five-time Claret Jug winner (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983), will be joined by Darren Clarke (2011), Paul Lawrie (1999), Tom Lehman (1996) and Sandy Lyle (1985).

 


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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

Palmetto Traverse, an 18-hole putting course, is scheduled to open in mid-August at Lake Marion Golf Course in Santee, S.C. The 35,000-square-foot course, designed by course architect Kris Spence, was modeled on St. Andrews’ Himalayas putting course and features a Tifeagle Ultradwarf surface. The Palmetto Traverse green fee will be included in the stay-and-play packages booked through Santee Cooper Golf & Travel.

 

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas announced that former President Bill Clinton visited the Caribbean resort last week. For the past 20-plus years, Clinton, an avid golfer, has been a regular visitor to the resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic, officials said. Clinton played the resort’s La Romana Country Club course on July 18-19.

 

The series “Feherty” will return to Golf Channel for the second half of its ninth season, beginning next week. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart will be host David Feherty’s guest at 9 p.m. EDT Monday.

 

Golfballs.com has teamed with Fred Couples and Bridgestone Golf for the “Dozen a Day Giveaway.” Through Sept. 30, Golfballs.com will provide one dozen Bridgestone balls to a winner each day. A grand-prize winner will get dinner with Fred Couples, tickets to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix and other prizes.

 

NBC continues of broadcast schedule of major championships this week as the network released plans for coverage of the Champions Tour's Senior British Open and the LPGA's Evian Championship. The events are part of a four-tournament schedule that also includes the WGC event in Memphis and a World Long Drive competition.

 


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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