THURSDAY  | JULY 25, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

“Attention, kids! Everyone who’s graduating from fifth grade, please step to the front of the classroom. Not so fast, Grabarkewicz!”

This is what it must feel like to be Rickie Fowler these days. Everyone who’s anyone has won major championships this decade. Shane Lowry. Gary Woodland. Danny Willett. Webb Simpson. Jimmy Walker. Even the formerly luckless Sergio Garcia.

Everyone, that is, except Fowler.

 


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Test winner’s gear? That idea gets failing grade
I have heard many bad ideas in my day, but testing the winner's equipment for compliance after the tournament is over is one of the worst (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 22, July 23, July 24).

Disqualify the winner, with no title, no money? That certainly would be a feel-good story, wouldn't it? How could that be good for golf? Great headline: “Lowry DQ’ed for using illegal driver. Son of Ireland shamed following greatest victory.”

 


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Position in the FedEx Cup standings and the Official World Golf Ranking for American Brooks Koepka, one of the headliners at this week’s WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Koepka, a two-time winner this season, will be seeking his first WGC title.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Grill Room Golf Show: Lowry and the jug
Bob Bubka and Alex Miceli, sitting in for co-host Jay Randolph Jr., review an extraordinary British Open after Irishman Shane Lowry won in Northern Ireland. Bubka and Miceli also preview this week’s WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational.


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

Golftec has added enhanced putting lessons to its instructional offerings, the company announced. The lessons, which began this month at select Golftec locations, are powered by a proprietary software program.

 

Tour Edge introduced three new Hot Launch 4 Iron sets: the HL4 Iron, HL4 Iron-Wood and HL4 Triple Combo sets. The HL4 clubs, the fourth release in the Hot Launch series, will be available on Aug. 1.

 

Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO has reached an agreement with Asics North America to distribute Asics golf shoes in the U.S. and Canada. Two new footwear models will be introduced later this year.

 

Wake Forest and Virginia have accepted invitations to play in the 2019 Annika Intercollegiate, completing the 12-team women’s field, organizers announced. The tournament will be played Sept. 15-18 at Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, Minn.

 

The Bay Club Academy, a program that is dedicated to player development, has been launched at three California clubs, management company Troon announced. The academy will operate at StoneTree Golf Club in Novato, Boulder Ridge Golf Club in San Jose and Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe.

 

Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course in Napa, Calif., has been named to Golfweek magazine’s Top 200 Resort Courses in the U.S. list. The Johnny Miller-designed course, site of the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open, ranked No. 149.

 

Ahead will introduce its spring headwear collection at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience, to be held Aug. 13-14 at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Ahead’s men’s and women’s lineups will include a variety of styles, colors, fabrics and features.

 


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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