Hinako Shibuno, in her LPGA debut and her first event outside of her native Japan, comes from nowhere to win the Women’s British Open. On the PGA Tour, J.T. Poston also won his first title, but much closer to home. Lexi Thompson’s passport mistake was nothing compared with what Thorbjorn Olesen did while traveling, and he should be looking at jail time. Meanwhile, the USGA removes the figurative shackles from its U.S. Amateur champions.


by Gary Van Sickle

Welcome to The Great Depression. That’s how I feel, anyway. We’re just dipping our toes into August and golf’s professional major season is … over!

I’m not ready for that. In the wake of Shane Lowry’s Shamrock Shake at the British Open in Northern Ireland, followed by back-to-back LPGA majors in France and England, I want more. And a smorgasbord of national amateur events and the FedEx Cup non-playoffs aren’t the answer.


FedEx Cup playoffs won’t be must-see TV
Although I love to watch most golf tournaments on TV, I doubt that I will be watching very much of the FedEx Cup playoffs (“In Tour playoffs, winning isn’t everything,” Aug. 5).

First, the system to identify the top 125 players to make the playoffs is flawed. Whom would you rather see playing in the Northern Trust: someone who managed to make enough cuts during the year but never really challenged the lead in 30-plus events, or a player such as Viktor Hovland, who was the low amateur at the Masters and the U.S. Open, made every cut since he turned pro this summer in the few events left in the year, and shot lights out on every weekend?


Relaxed: By the USGA, the exemption standards for the reigning U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions. They no longer must remain amateur to play in the next year’s U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, respectively.



Position in the Official World Golf Ranking, a career high, for American J.T. Poston, who won the PGA Tour’s regular-season finale, the Wyndham Championship, on Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Poston, 26, in his third season on Tour, jumped from No. 164 in the OWGR with his first victory.




The Grill Room Golf Show
Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. salute Tom Watson, who retired from major-championship golf after racking up 14 major titles on the PGA and Champions tours. Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer notched his record 11th senior major title; Brooks Koepka claimed his first World Golf Championships victory; and recent college graduate Collin Morikawa won in only his sixth professional start on the PGA Tour.

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.


KemperSports will manage golf operations at Nemadji Golf Course for the city of Superior, Wis., the management company announced. The 36-hole facility also features a full practice facility that includes a par-3 course.


Chris Eaton, Inntopia’s director of business development for golf, advises clients not to forget the basic of golf marketing. Among them, he writes, are a good message; the right audience; and a distribution channel that connects the two. Eaton points to the Dona Filipa golf resort on the southern coast of Portugal as a good example of wowing customers with its Twitter message.


Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J., has experienced improved playing conditions, which the club attributes to new superintendent Donovan Maguigan. The 124-year-old club, which cites a renewed energy and a boost to its food-and-beverage operation, sits next to Princeton University.


The team representing New Jersey/Pennsylvania won the 12th annual Writer Cup at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, N.J. The match pitted journalists from Metropolitan New York/National against their counterparts from New Jersey/Pennsylvania.


The winner of the recent Wyndham Championship was one of 24 of the top 28 players in the field who wore cleated footwear, according to PrideSports, which manufactures Softspikes and Champ cleats. The Wyndham winner wore Softspikes Cyclone cleats on his FootJoy Icon Black shoes. The champions at the Women’s British Open and the Korn Ferry Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic also wore cleated shoes, PrideSports reported.


North Carolina’s Outer Banks hailed a selection of fall golf as part of the region’s appeal as a destination. A variety of golf packages are available.


August 5-11
Women’s amateur: U.S. Women’s Amateur

Old Waverly GC, West Point, Miss.

August 8-11
PGA Tour: Northern Trust

Liberty National GC, Jersey City, N.J.

Korn Ferry: WinCo Foods Portland Open

Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Ore.

LPGA: Ladies Scottish Open

Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland

August 9-11
Symetra: PHC Classic

Brown Deer Run GC, Milwaukee

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