MONDAY  | JULY 29, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

Sometime after the 2004 golf season, it was noted that Phil Mickelson was “five swings away” from the Grand Slam.

I don’t recall whether Mickelson or one of us media hacks said it. Though the line packed some shock value, there was some truth to it. In ’04, Mickelson won the Masters; lost to Retief Goosen after a double bogey on the U.S. Open’s 71st hole; missed the Todd Hamilton-Ernie Els playoff at the British Open by a stroke; and bogeyed the 72nd hole at Whistling Straits when he needed a birdie to join the playoff won by Vijay Singh.



‘Normal use’ shouldn’t render club to be illegal
There is an equipment provision in the Rules of Golf that states, "A club used to make a stroke must conform not only when the club is new, but also when it has been deliberately or accidentally changed in any way. But if the performance characteristics of a conforming club change because of wear through normal use, it is still a conforming club."

I have heard from several sources that a driver's face can become non-conforming simply through repeated (normal) use. If this is true in the case of Xander Schauffele, and he has some sort of proof that his driver was conforming when new, then according to the rules, his driver should have been allowed to be put into play at the British Open (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 22, July 23, July 24, July 25, July 26).


Accepted: By Akshay Bhatia, a sponsor exemption to play in the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open on Sept. 26-29 in Napa, Calif., where the 17-year-old will make his professional debut. Bhatia, of Wake Forest, N.C., had announced in May that he would skip college and turn pro in the fall.



Number of World Golf Championships won by American Brooks Koepka, who posted a three-stroke victory Sunday at the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tenn. Koepka, 29, a four-time major champion, shot 5-under 65 for a 16-under 264 total at TPC Southwind.



July 29 - August 1
Women’s amateur: Women’s Trans National Amateur

GC of Tennessee, Kingston Springs, Tenn.

July 30 - August 2
Junior boys: Junior PGA Championship

Keney Park GC, Hartford, Conn.

July 30 - August 3
Men’s amateur: Western Amateur

Point O’ Woods G&CC, Benton Harbor, Mich.

August 1-4
PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship

Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.

Korn Ferry: Ellie Mae Classic

TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif.

LPGA: AIG Women’s British Open

Woburn GC, Milton Keynes, England

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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