TUESDAY  | JULY 30, 2019

LPGA rookie Jennifer Kupcho might be on the verge of forcing U.S. captain Juli Inkster to make a tough call with the Solheim Cup team. Here’s one decision that’s easy: Brooks Koepka is the best player in golf, but that doesn’t make the ageless Bernhard Langer any less of a marvel. Regarding the PGA Tour’s compressed schedule and the nine-month wait until the next men’s major championship, Alex Miceli asks: “Isn’t this what we wanted?”


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by Barry Cronin

After a 10-year absence, the Western Amateur returns to Point O’ Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich., this week, conjuring memories of big crowds, parties, live radio play-by-play and competitors who have gone on to etch their names into the annals of golf history.

Texas sophomore Cole Hammer, winner of the Phil Mickelson Award for the nation's best freshman golfer, will be back to defend his title in an elite 156-man field that includes 15 of the top 20-ranked amateurs. The uniquely grueling two-part event, which begins today (tee times), consists of 72 holes of stroke play to qualify 16 players for match play to determine a champion.

 


USGA, PGA Tour give slowpokes an edge
I not only am tired of watching the slow play on TV and experiencing it on the course, but totally appalled by the USGA and PGA Tour not doing anything about it.

Regardless of the obvious benefits of speedier rounds, it is totally an advantage to the slow player. Why would the USGA or PGA Tour allow an uneven playing field?

 


Released: By the PGA Tour, its 2019-20 schedule, which features 49 tournaments – three more than this season – and several late-season adjustments to accommodate the Olympics in Japan on July 30-Aug. 2.

 


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Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for American Collin Morikawa, who won the Barracuda Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory in only his sixth start as a professional. Morikawa, 22, was ranked No. 1,039 only seven weeks ago after he tied for 14th in his pro debut in the Canadian Open.

 


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RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: Koepka is king, but Langer reigns
Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude reflect on Brooks Koepka’s latest tournament conquest and marvel at 61-year-old machine Bernhard Langer.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

NBC Sports Group announced plans to air 45 hours of the AIG Women’s British Open this week, the most televised hours of an LPGA major championship. Coverage begins Thursday at Woburn (England) Golf Club.

 

Cleveland Golf announced the upcoming introduction of the CBX 2 wedge, the club maker announced. The cavity-back clubs, to be offered in a variety of lofts and sole grinds, will be available in North America beginning Aug. 30.

 

Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Indiantown, Fla., celebrated the opening of its new Outpost Bar & Grille on July 3. The eatery is part of the 5,000-square-foot clubhouse.

 

Discover Puerto Rico offers golf at 17 courses on the Caribbean island in a bilingual environment. U.S. visitors to the American commonwealth require no passport.

 

A renovated Mulligan’s restaurant has opened at White Bluff Resort in Whitney, Texas. The site offers panoramic views of the golf course and the resort community near Lake Whitney.

 

Mission Inn Resort & Club has created El Dorado, an 18-hole short course, within the existing Las Colinas layout in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. El Dorado, which will consist of 14 par 3s and four par 4s, is scheduled to open Aug. 1.

 

Golfers wearing cleated shoes won the five events on major professional tours during the past weekend, according to PrideSports, which manufactures the Champ and Softspikes brands of replaceable cleats. The list of winners includes the recent major champions on the Champions and LPGA tours.

 

Circling Raven Golf Club reported increases in rounds played, golf-shop retail sales and total revenue. The course in Worley, Idaho, is affiliated with the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel.

 

Two players using Tour Edge Exotics clubs at the recent Senior British Open finished among the top three, the club manufacturer reported. Tour Edge Exotics staff player Tim Petrovic was among the two who tied for third at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

 


CALENDAR
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 (England) GC


      
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