Monday, July 30

DJ Bags Third Win of Season at RBC Canadian Open



DUSTIN JOHNSON FIRED A 66 on Sunday to win the RBC Canadian Open by three strokes. DJ's 23-under total at Glen Abbey Golf Club came on the heels of a missed cut at Carnoustie Golf Links in the British Open.

"Winning here definitely means a lot," said Johnson, who signed with tournament sponsor RBC this year and has Canadian ties through his fiance Paulina and her dad Wayne Gretsky, the hockey great.

"I had a lot of support this week."

The world No. 1 golfer shot rounds of 68, 66, 65 and 66 to notch his third win of the season and 19th victory on the PGA Tour. All his tour wins have come since 2008.

Friday, July 27

Youth on Course Continues Strong Growth

By Buffalo Agency

(PEBBLE BEACH, CA) Youth on Course — the organization renowned for its record-breaking national growth to provide affordable golf access – continues remarkable growth with state and regional golf association partnerships increasing 120 percent in the last 18 months.

In 2018, more than 41,000 members are on pace to complete 115,000 rounds at 900-plus golf courses nationwide. Now in 26 states, this marks Youth on Course’s largest growth period to date, continuing their upward climb towards their goal of providing $5 golf to kids in all 50 states. At the end of 2017, Youth on Course had 30,000 members across 19 states.

"There are millions of kids interested in playing golf but might not have the opportunity," says Adam Heieck, Youth on Course Executive Director. "As we continue expanding our membership and national footprint, we're able to provide more young people with access to affordable golf, which is our ultimate purpose."

According to the National Golf Foundation, golf is an $84.1 billion industry with golfers ages 6-17 making up 11% of all players. In 2017, 2.7 million juniors played golf, an increase of 12.5% since the last time this study was conducted in 2011. Youth on Course’s dedication to providing accessible golf has helped support these numbers by equipping young golfers with a reliable outlet to play consistently.

2018 partnerships include:

  • Golf Association of Philadelphia 
  • Iowa Golf Association
  • Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado
  • Maryland State Golf Association
  • Metropolitan Golf Association
  • Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association
  • North Dakota Golf Association
  • South Dakota Golf Association
In addition to subsidized rounds, the organization also facilitates college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program. Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2008, Youth on Course has awarded 222 students with scholarships totaling more than $1.4 million in financial support. The current Youth on Course scholarship retention rate is ninety-eight percent, with 53 students already graduated.

Wednesday, July 18

2018 Open Championship TV Schedule and Tournament Notes



147th Open Championship
Dates: July 19-22
Course: Carnoustie Golf Links
Par: 71
Yardage: 7402 yards
Purse: $10.5 million
Winner's share: $1.89 million
Field: 156 players
Defending champion: Jordan Spieth

Open TV Coverage
All times Eastern.
Thursday, July 19
Golf Channel 1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, July 20
Golf Channel 1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, July 21
Golf Channel 4:30 a.m.-7 a.m.
NBC 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 22
Golf Channel 4:30 a.m.-7 a.m.
NBC 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Live streaming coverage at TheOpen.com.

VIDEO: Jean Van de Velde Explains That Disaster at the 1999 Open Championship



JEAN VAN DE VELDE RETURNED TO CARNOUSTIE to relive one of the most famous moments in Open history.

Could anyone handle that massive disappointment with more grace?

Tuesday, July 17

2018 Open Championship: Carnoustie Golf Links Preview (VIDEO)



ON THE EAST COAST OF SCOTLAND, Carnoustie Golf Links, site of this year's Open Championship, is the northernmost course in the Open rota. It's also the toughest. No one seems to argue this point.

The above video is a good preview of Carnoustie heading into the 147th edition of the Open Championship that tees off early on Thursday morning. There are aerial footage and interviews with Carnoustie's head pro and another fellow.

Playing to a par of 71, Carnoustie is longer than any course in Open history: 7402 yards.

This will be the eighth time Carnoustie has hosted the Open Championship. Here are the previous champions:

1931 Tommy Armour
1937 Henry Cotton
1953 Ben Hogan
1968 Gary Player
1975 Tom Watson
1999 Paul Lawrie
2007 Padraig Harrington

Wednesday, July 4

'Death from the Claret Jug' By James Y. Bartlett From Yeoman House Books

HERE'S THE BOOK DESCRIPTION from the publisher:

Death from the Claret Jug again features the adventures of golf writer Pete Hacker, who covers the game for his Boston newspaper. Hacker is in St. Andrews, Scotland, to cover the Open Championship and finds there is trouble afoot in the Auld Grey Toon as an official with the Links Trust is murdered, and his body dropped into the depths of the Bottle Dungeon at St. Andrews Castle.

Whodunnit?

The cast of suspects includes a flamboyant and controversial American resort developer with a history of run-ins with the Links Trust. But there's also a professor at St. Andrews University who wants to ban golf entirely and disrupt the tournament; the Marquess Cheape, whose family has for generations held the title to the land beneath the famed Old Course; and some shadowy Russian figures who might be interested in a big business deal, or might just be interested in mayhem.

So while the world's best golfers are battling the elements and the golf course to win the title of "Champion Golfer of the Year," Hacker is chasing leads and clues from pub to pub on the narrow and twisting lanes of St. Andrews. And Hacker's girlfriend, Mary Jane, is along for the ride on her first visit to Scotland.

Death from the Claret Jug is Bartlett's fifth Hacker mystery. And with the recent publication of Death in a Green Jacket, set at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., Bartlett has made the turn in his planned four-book Major Tournament series.

Death from the Claret Jug is available in both trade paperback ($14.99) and e-book ($4.99) editions, and can be purchased from Amazon.com.

James Y. Bartlett is one of the most-published golf writers of his generation. A former staff editor for Golfweek, Luxury Golf and Caribbean Travel & Life magazines, he also wrote regular columns on the world of golf for Forbes FYI and Hemispheres (the inflight magazine of United Airlines) and contributed articles on golf, travel, lifestyle and fashion to dozens of national publications, from Esquire to Golf for Women.