Thursday, November 19

A Life in Pictures: Remembering Legendary Golf Photographer Leonard Kamsler


EARLIER THIS YEAR LEONARD KAMSLER became the first recipient of the PGA of America Lifetime Achievement Award in Photojournalism. Kamsler died on Tuesday. He was 85.

Kamsler's contributions were vast. From Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, to Tiger Woods and more, this man brought golf to life with a sharp eye and steady camera.

The above video is a worthwhile tribute.

Tuesday, November 17

SPECIAL OFFER: My 1969 Ryder Cup Book Featuring Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin Can Be Yours for a Small Price

THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING. Do you need a golf-related gift for yourself or someone on your list?

I'd like you to have my book, DRAW IN THE DUNES: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World. And I'll make you a special offer only available here:

Only $15 for a signed (or unsigned) hardcover edition. That includes postage.*

Here's a little about the book.

DRAW IN THE DUNES
tells the dramatic story of the 1969 Ryder Cup, which ended in the first tie in the 42-year history of the biennial matches between the United States and Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I). The Americans were the overwhelming favorites, but GB&I, led by new Open champion Tony Jacklin, were youthful and bold. They were determined to win back the Cup even when few people (including their own countrymen) thought they had any chance. This tense Ryder Cup came down to the last singles match between Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin. It ended with a famous act of sportsmanship.

DRAW IN THE DUNES was nominated for The Herbert Warren Wind Book Award, an annual USGA award that recognizes outstanding contributions to golf literature. Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin contributed the foreword.

"Neil Sagebiel brings the memorable tournament to life…Mr. Sagebiel's narrative is strongest when he reports the hole-to-hole proceedings, which is all the more remarkable since only three minutes of television footage were archived. He teases out drama and puts the reader on the green." Wall Street Journal

"Draw in the Dunes recounts the times, the circumstances and perhaps best of all, the background needed for readers to put the 1969 Cup and Nicklaus' concession into perspective….Bottom line--if you are interested in golf, the Ryder Cup, its history and its personalities, you will enjoy this book and give it a permanent spot on the shelf." ―New England Golf Monthly

Interested? Contact me at armchairgolfer@gmail.com.

*While supplies last. I have a small surplus I'd like to share with readers and friends.

Monday, November 16

Masters Champion Dustin Johnson: 'I Dream of Winning a Lot of Majors'


IT'S HARD TO WIN A MAJOR, even when you're as talented as world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. And especially when the major is the Masters, the one Dustin wanted the most.

On Sunday, Johnson finally got a monkey off his back and a Green Jacket draped over his broad shoulders.

Going into the final round with at least a 4-shot lead over a handful of players lacking Masters experience, DJ was 0 for 4 as a 54-hole leader at a major. (He won his one major championship, the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, coming from behind.)

After a couple early hiccups, this time Johnson got it done with a closing 68 and set the Masters scoring record in the process -- 20 under par -- shattering the 18-under mark set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and matched by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

"No one wants to be perceived as the player who can't hold a lead," Doug Ferguson wrote for the Associated Press. "Johnson could sense that was the reputation he was developing. He said as much in his news conference when he began with, 'I'm sure a lot of you all think' before he switched gears to say 'there were doubts in my mind, just because I had been there.'"

Now Johnson is part of that heady Green Jacket club for life, ending the possibility of being one of those tragic marquee players who never won at Augusta National: Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Lee Trevino, Nick Price, Johnny Miller, Davis Love III.

Part of an athletic family that excelled in multiple sports, Johnson grew up in neighboring South Carolina, just an hour from Augusta, Georgia. Winning the Masters was his dream. But the distance between him and a Green Jacket seemed too far at times, despite an easygoing demeanor and the raw power and shotmaking that produced more than 20 titles on the PGA Tour.

Today, Johnson has silenced some of those doubting voices, both in the golf world and in his head. The future looks better when you're wearing a Green Jacket.

"I dream of winning a lot of majors," he said. "Just hasn't quite happened yet. Hopefully, this one will help give me a little spring."

Saturday, November 14

Tiger Woods at the Masters: 'I Can Walk All Day. The Hard Part Is Bending and Twisting'

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TIGER WOODS' REIGN AS DEFENDING Masters champion will end on Sunday when he slips the Green Jacket over the shoulders of ... ?

On Saturday night, it sure looks like it will be Dustin Johnson, who shot a 65 on moving day to open up a 4-shot lead on three talented non-major winners named Im, Ancer and Smith.

Johnson showed his world No. 1 prowess on Saturday. Frankly, DJ made it look rather easy. November Masters is a poor substitute for April Masters, especially after so much rain.

Meanwhile, Tiger's Masters title defense stalled in a third round that added up to a lackluster 72.


While [Tiger Woods] looked limber and fit while completing the second round under overcast skies and in brisk temperatures, Woods looked stiff and troubled starting late on the front nine of his third round. He looked to be in pain as he removed balls from the holes and picked up tees after letting loose with his tee shots. He grimaced on occasion. Toward the end of the round, however, Woods looked a tad better.

"These are long days," said Woods, who won his fifth green jacket and 15th major championship last year at Augusta National. "I had my day off yesterday, which was nice. Today was not the case. We've been at it for quite some time. It's just part of the deal. If you have long days like this, I'm going to get a little bit sore, which I definitely am.

"I can walk all day. The hard part is bending and twisting. I think that's part of the game, though, and so that's always been the challenge with my back issues and I guess will always continue to be."

The Masters will conclude earlier than usual on Sunday. Beginning at 7:50 a.m. Eastern time, threesomes will go off both 1 and 10. The last groups tee off at 9:30 a.m.

Will DJ finally don the Green Jacket?

Tuesday, November 10

2020 Masters: Thursday and Friday Tee Times

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THE 2020 MASTERS TEES OFF THURSDAY at Augusta National Golf Club. The field of 91 men that includes six amateurs will play for the green jacket on the storied course that measures about 7,500 yards and plays to a par of 72.

Tiger Woods is the defending champion.

Following are tee times for Thursday and Friday.

THURSDAY, ROUND 1, FIRST TEE
7 am: Lucas Glover, Corey Conners, C.T. Pan
7:11 am: Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III, Jazz Janewattananond
7:22 am: Larry Mize, Andrew Landry, Lukas Michel
7:33 am: Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, Kevin Na
7:44 am: Xander Schauffele, Jason Kokrak, Henrik Stenson
7:55 am: Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Abel Gallegos
8:06 am: Vijay Singh, Lanto Griffin, Tyler Duncan
8:17 am: Mike Weir, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Matt Wallace
11:05 am: Sung Kang, Erik van Rooyen
11:16 am: Danny Willett, Rickie Fowler, John Augenstein
11:27 am: Phil Mickelson, Abraham Ancer, Bernd Wiesberger
11:38 am: Adam Scott, Collin Morikawa, Tyrrell Hatton
11:49 am: Justin Thomas, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Brooks Koepka
Noon: Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy
12:11 pm: Zach Johnson, Justin Rose, Cameron Champ
12:22 pm: Victor Perez, Sungjae Im, Brendon Todd

THURSDAY, ROUND 1, 10TH TEE                
7 am: Sandy Lyle, Jimmy Walker, Yuxin Lin
7:11 am: Webb Simpson, Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama
7:22 am: Kevin Kisner, Adam Hadwin, Scottie Scheffler
7:33 am: Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen
7:44 am: Patrick Reed, Paul Casey, Tony Finau
7:55 am: Tiger Woods, Shane Lowry, Andy Ogletree
8:06 am: Jordan Spieth, Gary Woodland, Ian Poulter
8:17 am: Graeme McDowell, Si Woo Kim, Nate Lashley
11:05 am: Justin Harding, Shugo Imahira, Nick Taylor
11:16 am: Chez Reavie, Sebastian Munoz, Byeong Hun An
11:27 am: Bubba Watson, Matthew Wolff, Tommy Fleetwood
11:38 am: Francesco Molinari, Billy Horschel, Cameron Smith
11:49 am: Bernhard Langer, J.T. Poston, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Noon: Fred Couples, Max Homa, Dylan Frittelli
12:11 pm: Jose Maria Olazabal, Andrew Putnam, James Sugrue

FRIDAY, ROUND 2, FIRST TEE
7 am: Justin Harding, Shugo Imahira, Nick Taylor
7:11 am: Chez Reavie, Sebastian Munoz, Byeong Hun An
7:22 am: Bubba Watson, Matthew Wolff, Tommy Fleetwood
7:33 am: Francesco Molinari, Billy Horschel, Cameron Smith
7:44 am: Bernhard Langer, J.T. Poston, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
7:55 am: Fred Couples, Max Homa, Dylan Frittelli
8:06 am: Jose Maria Olazabal, Andrew Putnam, James Sugrue
11:05 am: Sandy Lyle, Jimmy Walker, Yuxin Lin
11:16 am: Webb Simpson, Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama
11:27 am: Kevin Kisner, Adam Hadwin, Scottie Scheffler
11:38 am: Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen
11:49 am: Patrick Reed, Paul Casey, Tony Finau
Noon: Tiger Woods, Shane Lowry, Andy Ogletree
12:11 pm: Jordan Spieth, Gary Woodland, Ian Poulter
12:22 pm: Graeme McDowell, Si Woo Kim, Nate Lashley

FRIDAY, ROUND 2, 10TH TEE
7 am: Sung Kang, Erik van Rooyen
7:11 am: Danny Willett, Rickie Fowler, John Augenstein
7:22 am: Phil Mickelson, Abraham Ancer, Bernd Wiesberger
7:33 am: Adam Scott, Collin Morikawa, Tyrrell Hatton
7:44 am: Justin Thomas, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Brooks Koepka
7:55 am: Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy
8:06 am: Zach Johnson, Justin Rose, Cameron Champ
8:17 am: Victor Perez, Sungjae Im, Brendon Todd
11:05 am: Lucas Glover, Corey Conners, C.T. Pan
11:16 am: Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III, Jazz Janewattananond
11:27 am: Larry Mize, Andrew Landry, Lukas Michel
11:38 am: Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, Kevin Na
11:49 am: Xander Schauffele, Jason Kokrak, Henrik Stenson
Noon: Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Abel Gallegos
12:11 pm: Vijay Singh, Lanto Griffin, Tyler Duncan
12:22 pm: Mike Weir, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Matt Wallace

Monday, November 9

Lee Elder, the First Black Man to Compete in the Masters 45 Years Ago, Will Join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as Honorary Starters


LEE ELDER WILL JOIN JACK NICKLAUS and Gary Player as Honorary Starters for the 2021 Masters, which begins next April at Augusta National Golf Club.

Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, announced Monday that Lee Elder, the first Black man to compete in the Masters Tournament 45 years ago, will be honored by establishing scholarships in his name and inviting him to be an Honorary Starter for the 2021 Masters.

At a press conference at Augusta National, Ridley revealed the creation of the Lee Elder Scholarships at Paine College, a Historically Black College and University located in Augusta. Two scholarships will be awarded annually, one each to a student athlete who competes on the men’s and women's golf team. 

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Saturday, November 7

'Rise and Shine' VIDEO: Ladies European Tour Pro Inci Mehmet Inspires Twin Sisters and Highlights Women's Game in Dubai


LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR PRO Inci Mehmet met twin sisters Salma and Latifa to emphasize the importance of female role models in inspiring more young girls to take up the game. 

Thursday, November 5

Golfworld: 'The Critical Ways Augusta Will Play Differently in November Versus April'

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THE 2020 MASTERS BEGINS IN A WEEK. How will Augusta National Golf Club play in November?


Here's a snippet:

The most fundamental question will be: How will Augusta's notoriously fast greens play compared to a normal springtime Masters?

The answer, barring an extreme rain event, is they'll play the same.

Here's why: Bentgrass greens, like those at Augusta National, thrive in cooler weather.

Fall already provides ideal growing conditions, but the club has the added ability to control each green's climate and moisture content via sub-surface air systems. The systems can vacuum water from the greens if they're too moist, and they can also adjust the temperature of the root zone, cooling the grass during excessively hot days and warming it to promote growth during cold (morning) periods.

The ability to manipulate temperature and moisture levels is critical at Augusta National because the greens are located in vastly different microclimates. Think of the disparity between the small 12th green, located along a shaded creek at the lowest section of the property, and the large 18th green, exposed and situated at its highest point. The incredible range of temperatures, sunlight, size and contour throughout the course means that each green needs an individual program, which they receive whether it's April or November.

Tuesday, November 3

When War, Not a Virus, Kept Pros Off the Tour

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By John Coyne

Bestselling author John Coyne became a caddie at Midlothian Country Club near Chicago when he was 10 and oversaw the caddie yard as a teenager. Learn about his golf novels at JohnCoyneBooks.com.

THE COVID-19 VIRUS HAS THROWN a tough hazard at the PGA Tour this year, having to play a short season without spectators. But it is nothing like what World War II golf professionals had to deal with when they were on the tour.

Here is a short list of some professionals and their experiences playing golf and fighting in a war.

Ben Hogan. Ben's prime years were from 1938 through 1959. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from March 1943 to June 1945, stationed at Fort Worth, and became a utility pilot with the rank of lieutenant.

Lloyd Mangrum. Lloyd joined the tour in 1937 and won 36 events. He might have won more but for his tour being interrupted by WWII. While training for the D-Day landings, Mangrum was offered the professional's job at the army's Fort Meade golf course, which would have kept him out of combat, but he declined. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.

Jack Fleck. Jack worked as an assistant golf pro before WWII. During the war, he served in the Navy and participated in the D-Day invasion from a British rocket-firing ship off Utah Beach. Within two weeks after separation from the Navy, Fleck was on the PGA's winter golf tour. He is best known for winning the 1955 U.S. Open in an 18-hole playoff against Ben Hogan.

Ed "Porky" Oliver. Porky won eight times on the PGA Tour in the 1940s and 1950s. He lost several years of playing time while serving in the Army during WWII.

Jay Hebert. Jay won seven times on the PGA Tour, including the 1960 PGA Championship. He served in the Marines in WWII, rising to the rank of captain. He was wounded in the leg at the Battle of Iwo Jima and received a Purple Heart.

Herman Keiser. Herman won five times on the PGA Tour, including the 1946 Masters. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Cincinnati during WWII.

Ted Kroll. Ted won eight times in his 34-year PGA Tour. In WWII was awarded three Purple Hearts and was wounded four times.

Walter Burkemo. Walter won his first PGA Tour event at the 1938 Southern Florida Open. After that he was drafted into WWII and served as an infantry sergeant in the European Theatre. He was seriously wounded twice during the war; the second time during the Battle of the Bulge. His best years on tour were in the 1950s. He won the 1953 PGA Championship and finished as runner-up in 1951 and 1954.

Friday, October 30

1969 U.S. Open Champion Orville Moody Wearing a Surgical Mask While Playing Golf

NO, THIS IS NOT A JOKE.

Masks are ever-present during this global pandemic. And so when I saw a face covering in a different era and context, it caught my attention. I noticed it on Tuesday night while watching highlights of the 1972 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (won by Jack Nicklaus).

There was Orville Moody, wearing a surgical mask like in the image at right.

It turns out Moody had chronic hay fever. "Ol Sarge" wore a mask on the golf course on several occasions, whether while practicing or playing in big tournaments.

Here's what Sports Illustrated writer Barry McDermott wrote about Moody in June 1979 in "The Putter God Forgot":

Actually, things do look better for Moody. His performance and check at Houston gave him a little cushion, and his hay fever is under control now thanks to a shot he receives twice a year. In the past, Moody sometimes had to play tournaments wearing a surgical mask because of his hay fever. Naturally the newspapers ran pictures of him, and they had a lot of fun with captions of the Who's the Masked Man kind.

Moody was a character, one of the many interesting characters I met on the golf legends trail while working on my two books.

Ol Sarge endured a lot. He was down, up, down, up, down -- in golf and life. He kept at it.

McDermott captured that theme in his opening:

In the last decade or so, Orville Moody's life has been a catalog of calamity and bizarre occurrence. Among other things he lost his life savings in a business venture, escaped from a burning house, employed a caddie who routinely waded through water hazards, and had one of his golfing pay checks snatched away by an insurance company. He endured two divorces, a burglary and chronic sniffles. He also won the U.S. Open, which might have been the worst misfortune of all.

Thanks to the now-outlawed broomstick, Moody, an awful putter, would rise again on the Senior Tour.

Thursday, October 29

Callaway and Topgolf Announce All-Stock Merger Valued at $2 Billion

CARLSBAD, CA and DALLAS, TX — Callaway (NYSE:ELY) and Topgolf Entertainment Group ("Topgolf") [on Tuesday] announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Callaway and Topgolf will combine in an all-stock transaction creating a global golf and entertainment leader. The number of shares to be issued is based upon an implied equity value of Topgolf of approximately $2 billion, including the 14% already owned by Callaway.

Topgolf is the leading tech-enabled golf entertainment business, with an innovative platform that comprises its groundbreaking open-air venues, revolutionary Toptracer technology and innovative media platform with a differentiated position in eSports. Topgolf generated approximately $1.1 billion in revenue in 2019 and has grown at a 30% compound annual rate since 2017. Callaway is a leader in the global golf equipment market with a scale position in active-lifestyle soft goods and a proven ability to deliver strong returns, including company growth that has exceeded golf market growth for seven consecutive years.

"Together, Callaway and Topgolf create an unrivaled golf and entertainment business," said Chip Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway. "This combination unites proven leaders with a shared passion for delivering exceptional golf experiences for all – from elite touring professionals to new and aspiring entrants to the game. We've long seen the value in Topgolf and we are confident that together, we can create a larger, higher growth, technology-enabled global golf and entertainment leader. Callaway's strong financial profile will enable the combined company to accelerate innovation, develop exciting new products and experiences, and create compelling value for shareholders, while providing the dedicated teams of both companies more opportunities to showcase their talents and complementary capabilities."

"We are excited to join the Callaway family and strengthen the experiences we create at the intersection of sports and tech-driven entertainment," said Dolf Berle, Chief Executive Officer of Topgolf. "Fueled by a tremendous team of associates and a diverse offering across our venues, Toptracer, and media platform, Topgolf is truly changing the landscape of the industry by making golf more inclusive and accessible to people of all ages, demographics and skill levels. As part of Callaway, we plan to grow our leadership position by leveraging Callaway's brand reputation, industry relationships and financial strength to connect more communities around the world to the Topgolf experience."

Monday, October 26

PGA TOUR VIDEO: 'It's Really Great to Win at Home' for Patrick Cantlay Who Collects 3rd PGA Tour Title at Zozo Championship


PATRICK CANTLAY FIRED A 65 in the final round to win the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Country Club in Thousands Oaks, California. Cantlay finished at 23 under for the week to edge Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas by a stroke. It was Cantlay's third title on the PGA Tour and first in California.

"It's really great to win at home," Cantlay said. "I look forward to hopefully winning at Riviera, and anytime you win close to home it just feels a little sweeter. I felt comfortable all week. I like this cloudy California weather. I'm used to it; it's what I grew up with."

Tiger Woods won his record-tying 82nd PGA Tour title at last year's Zozo Championship in Japan. But Woods and Phil Mickelson, playing together in the final round, finished near the bottom of the leaderboard at Sherwood. Tiger closed with a 74. Phil carded a 78.

The Masters starts in less than three weeks.

Saturday, October 24

USGA: 2020 U.S. Women's Open at Champions Golf Club to be Conducted Without Spectators

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LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The USGA announced that due to ongoing health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 75th U.S. Women's Open Championship, scheduled for Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, will be conducted without spectators on-site.

"Following extensive consultation with health officials, we have decided that hosting the U.S. Women's Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved," said John Bodenhamer, the USGA's senior managing director of Championships. "While we are disappointed that we won't be able to welcome fans and their unmatched energy at Champions Golf Club, we know this is the right decision for the community and players."

The USGA announced on April 3 that the 75th U.S. Women's Open, initially scheduled for June 4-7, would be moved to Dec. 10-13. To account for reduced daylight, the Jackrabbit Course at Champions Golf Club will be used in conjunction with the Cypress Creek Course, which was originally slated to host all four rounds of championship play. In June, it was announced that the championship would be conducted without traditional qualifying.

"We are thankful to Champions Golf Club for its continued flexibility and dedication to making the 75th U.S. Women's Open possible,” said Bodenhamer. "Jack and Robin Burke and the rest of the club have been true partners as we navigate these unprecedented times."

Tickets purchased directly through the USGA will be automatically refunded to the method of payment used to purchase the tickets. Additional information on U.S. Women's Open ticket refunds can be found here.

Fans will be able to experience the championship by watching on NBC/Golf Channel, following along on uswomensopen.com, downloading the U.S. Women's Open app, following @uswomensopen on social media and downloading the USGA streaming app for connected devices.

Friday, October 23

MORNING READ: Pinehurst's New Hickory Club Rental Program

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"ALTHOUGH PINEHURST'S OLDEST COURSES have persevered for more than a century," reported The Equipment Insider (at MORNING READ), "the resort's new hickory club rental program allows golfers to experience a round as it was played in a bygone era."

New England-based journalist Shaun Tolson had the good fortune to play Pinehurst No. 3 with a set of hickories and write about it for MORNING READ.

Here's a sample:

"It's a fun experience for individuals who have never done it and also for people who might play hickories once or twice a year," [Pinehurst head pro Matt] Barksdale said of renting a set and playing the No. 1 course, the No. 3 course, or The Cradle, Pinehurst's nine-hole short course. (Although the hickory clubs can be rented for play on any of Pinehurst's course — even the resort’s revered No. 2 layout — it's on the resort's aforementioned shorter courses that Barksdale and his team encourage their use.) 

"They go out there with no expectations whatsoever and simply enjoy the game. It really does give you an appreciation for the early years of golf and how talented those individuals really were."

Renting a set of hickory clubs for a round at Pinehurst, which costs $50, can impact more than just a singular round of golf. The simple act of carrying those clubs to the driving range can pave the way for noteworthy introductions and interactions.

Read the story.

Recently, in the midst of a move, I considered playing a round with a handful of vintage golf clubs I've collected through the years, including a few made of hickory. But then I lost my motivation. Maybe someday.

Thursday, October 22

Golf Entrepreneur Barney Adams on Extreme Distance as the Future of Championship Golf: Not So Fast

By Barney Adams

Barney Adams is the founder of Adams Golf and is currently the CEO of Breakthrough Golf Technology.

THE ANNOUNCING CREW AT THE 2020 U.S. OPEN seemed obsessed with "The Bombers" -- players who drove the ball extreme distances with little regard for the occasional tee shot into the rough. TV has selected Bryson DeChambeau as their representative given his length and victory.

Barney Adams
I thought I'd wait a bit to see what the industry sources had to say. I can't say it's unanimous because I haven't seen everything, but the theme is: Get Ready for The Golfer of Tomorrow:

  • 350 yard carry
  • Clubhead speed which tears through the rough allowing the ball to launch high and carry to the green.
  • The "new" instructor who teaches distance be it ground up or whatever new method is used
  • Gym sessions producing athletes who look more like football players
  • And last, a whole new shelf of steroids for golf

At the same time the USGA and its organizational allies are planning meetings focusing not if the ball will be rolled back, but when. Clearly, influenced by visual evidence from a great Winged Foot course in our national championship. 

Let's look deeper!

A hypothetical -- go back a few months. You are on the planning committee for the U.S. Open to be held at Winged Foot, one of America's great venues. This year because of Covid there will be no galleries, something never experienced at a USGA major golf event. I repeat, your committee is planning for the U.S. Open. That implies "Open rough" a term that is significant on its own. You don't play from Open rough, you escape... maybe.

The nature of Open rough is a thick chunky base with long tendrils reaching skyward. These make it very difficult to find your ball in the best of circumstances and when attempting to advance these tendrils wrap themselves around your hosel closing the face, sending your ball deeper into hostile territory. That's if you can even find it.

Open rough has "disappeared" many balls over the years and done so within full view of gallery spectators aiding course marshals. The rule of thumb for competitors has always been to find the most reasonable patch of fairway and get out.

But this is the year of Covid. No galleries. Marshals, but relatively few because of no galleries.

Now, considering that normal U.S. Open rough will produce many searches where marshals are important, the shortage of them will cause endless searches which don't make for great TV viewing. So, a decision is made, cut the rough down so shots can be found. Still in the rough but sitting on the chunky base and very often can be played. A tough call for the purist but an objective economic evaluation leaves no choice.

The announcers regale us with astonishing distances and swing speeds that allow escape from Open rough that used to be impossible. The golf publications jump on this theme and predict that the golfer of tomorrow will be "DeChambeau like," not sweet swingers but physical hulks rewriting the book on distance strongly influenced by no fear of the rough.

My point here is those publications and instructors, jumping on the "longer and slightly crooked is better" bandwagon, have added 2+2 and gotten 5 when using the 2020 U.S Open as a premise.

DeChambeau is a great and powerful player. However, I don't think he's known for his putting. He should have been. It was terrific, probably influenced his score! He is our national champion, an unsurpassable honor. But his style has me betting that the USGA is working on dates to discuss changing the golf ball, as in making it shorter.

I'm 100 percent against such a move. Golf is a game where amateurs can go to the same course and play the same clubs and given a huge difference in skill achieve some measure of affiliation with the pros. A birdie is a birdie, not a long or short ball birdie. From a business perspective, the overwhelming majority of those golfers financially supporting golf are 50 plus.

And we want them to hit it shorter?

Well, Mr. Adams, what would you do?

I know zero about golf ball manufacturing, but keeping the distance the same I'd change the dimples to increase curvature just enough so it doesn't affect slower swings that much but very high swing speeds so it's in the player's head.

More thoughts. As an admitted TV viewer, get rid of those yardage books. Fine for practice rounds but when the bell rings it should be player and caddie, not an "on green" conference. What's next, a staff meeting?

I'll conclude with a note to the PGA Tour and, importantly, an admonition.

To the PGA Tour: The minute a tee goes into the ground on No. 1 every player is on the clock. Stroke penalties, not fines, will get their attention.

To the rest of the golfing world: Let's not blindly pursue the "new golfer" concept without considerably deeper study.

Tuesday, October 20

USGA History Makers: The Final Round of the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont and Johnny Miller's 63



I ran across this and other historical golf films on the USGA app included with my new Roku TV. You can also find them on YouTube. It's hard to believe how grainy and primitive the coverage was nearly 50 years ago. I don't remember it that way. I watched this and other major championships during my teens. This was the last time I remember Arnold Palmer (54-hole leader) contending in a major.

By USGA

HEADING INTO THE FINAL ROUND of the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, there was a four-way tie for the lead, including Arnold Palmer seeking his second title. Luminaries Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino were also in the mix. Not talked about was Johnny Miller, who went from third place after 36 holes to six strokes behind the leaders heading into Sunday after a third-round 76.

But four birdies through four holes changed the conversation quickly. Here's Johnny Miller’s historic final round of the 1973 U.S. Open.

Wednesday, October 14

BBC Golf's Iain Carter: 'These Are Good Times for British Golf'

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THE BRITISH ARE COMING to play these days on professional circuits around the globe.

"[O]n pretty much every tour British players are showing up well," wrote BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter, "even among the seniors...."

This past weekend two Brits won events and others have posted high finishes or clutched trophies in recent weeks.

Carter wrote:

Within hours of [Tyrrell Hatton] lifting the BMW PGA Championship trophy, British fans were also able to celebrate another win, with Scotland's Martin Laird claiming victory on the PGA Tour in Las Vegas.

These are good times for British golf.

Wolverhampton's Aaron Rai had already demonstrated his rich potential by winning this month's Scottish Open and in the Women's PGA, Charley Hull enjoyed a creditable share of seventh at the tough Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania.

Still only 24, that was Hull's sixth top 10 finish in a major and followed consecutive wins on the LPGA Tour for fellow Englishwomen Georgia Hall and Mel Reid.

Hatton, who drew attention for wearing a hoodie at Wentworth, talked about how "golf is a funny game."

He said, "You have to go out each week, try your best, and some weeks work out better than others."

That's more than a bit of truth.

Tuesday, October 13

PGA TOUR Statement: Dustin Johnson Tests Positive for COVID-19 and Withdraws From CJ Cup


PGA TOUR Statement on Dustin Johnson

PGA TOUR member Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK after testing positive for COVID-19. Experiencing symptoms, Johnson notified PGA TOUR officials and was administered a test, with the positive result forcing his withdrawal from the event.

Johnson, who last competed at the U.S. Open, will have the PGA TOUR's full support throughout his self-isolation period under CDC guidelines. 

"Obviously, I am very disappointed," said Johnson. "I was really looking forward to competing this week, but will do everything I can to return as quickly as possible. I have already had a few calls with the TOUR's medical team and appreciate all the support and guidance they have given me."

First alternate J.T. Poston will replace Johnson in the field.

"The No. 1 player in golf is the 11th player to receive a positive test since the PGA Tour resumed its schedule," reported the Associated Press.

Saturday, October 10

MORNING READ VIDEO: How to Grip a Golf Club by Golf Channel Host Martin Hall

 
IN THE FIRST OF A NEW SERIES on MORNING READ, Martin Hall, Golf Channel host and director of instruction at the Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach, Fla., explains how to grip a golf club the right way every time, which will help produce a consistent swing plane and lower your golf scores.

Friday, October 9

NPR: TV Ratings Are Down; Where Are the Fans Who Missed Sports in Pandemic?

I HEARD THE ABOVE NPR REPORT while driving around yesterday. I hadn't given much thought to some aspects of the return of sports.

For example, at this very moment, it seems that every major and minor sport is back in play after taking a long timeout due to the pandemic. That's far from normal.

It's a new kind of competition for our attention. Everything is now available to watch in some format, as the report describes. Plus it's an election year. That's creating a bit of noise, too.

Here's the setup by host Audie Cornish:

Sports has a TV ratings problem. In recent big events - from horse racing, to hockey, to golf, to basketball - numbers are down, sometimes to historic lows, which is surprising because during the shutdown of the pandemic, many fans said they were desperate for their return. NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

How are you reengaging with televised golf and other sports? 

Wednesday, October 7

KPMG Women's PGA Championship Broadcast Schedule and Tournament Notes

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THE KPMG WOMEN'S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP tees off Thursday at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square, Pennsylvania. The purse is $4.3 million. The winner's share is $645,000.

Australian Hannah Green is the defending champion.

First and second round tee times are here.

The field is one of the strongest of the season, including all 11 LPGA winners this year such as the most recent champion, Mel Reid, who got her first win on the LPGA Tour at last week's ShopRite LPGA Classic. Along with Reid will be the first two major champions of 2020 – Sophia Popov and Mirim Lee – plus Danielle Kang, a two-time winner in 2020 and 2017 KPMG Women's PGA Champion. Others include Gaby Lopez, Madelene Sagstrom, Hee Young Park, three-time KPMG Women's PGA Champion Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Austin Ernst and Georgia Hall.

Golf Channel and NBC Broadcast Schedule

Thursday, October 8: 1-5 p.m. Golf Channel

Friday, October 9: 1-5 p.m. Golf Channel

Saturday, October 10: 11 a.m.-noon Golf Channel; Noon-3 p.m. NBC

Sunday, October 11: 10 a.m.-noon Golf Channel; Noon-2 p.m. NBC

Monday, October 5

PGA TOUR VIDEO: Sergio Garcia Wins Sanderson Farms Championship Putting With Eyes Closed


SERGIO GARCIA WON THE SANDERSON FARMS CHAMPIONSHIP at the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi. It was his 11th victory on the PGA Tour and first since winning the 2017 Masters.

Garcia shot a 67 in the final round to finish 19 under for the tournament, one shot better than runner-up Peter Malnati, a previous champion.

The Spaniard putted with his eyes closed much of the week (or maybe all of it).

“Well, it's obviously a boost of confidence," Garcia said. “There's no doubt.

"Even if I would have not won it, it still would have been a massive high for me this week. To be able to do a lot of the things that I did, it meant a lot. It showed me a lot of what I still have, and what I still can do."

Saturday, October 3

Sergio Garcia on Putting With Eyes Closed: 'The Feeling Overall Is Very Positive'

SERGIO GARCIA SHOT A 68 in the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi. And he putted with his eyes closed. Sergio recorded five birdies and is in contention at 8 under for the tournament.

Golfworld quoted him saying:

"Usually. I've gone on and off, but like Augusta I won it playing with my eyes closed every single putt and some of the other wins, too," Garcia said on Friday at the Country Club of Jackson. "I've tried -- I feel like it gives me a little more freedom to feel the stroke instead of kind of -- sometimes we get too focused on trying to make it perfect and kind of following with the eyes and everything. So this way I feel like I just feel it and I just let me natural ability kind of take over instead of telling myself what to do.

"Obviously that's what I've been doing, and just trying to keep the stroke very smooth. These greens obviously help because they're very fast, so yeah, I felt like I've hit a lot of good putts. I made a few, I've obviously missed a few, but the feeling overall is very positive."

As Golfworld reported, other tour pros have putted with their eyes closed. Namely, Johnny Miller in the 1994 Pebble Beach Pro-Am (which he won) and more recently LPGA stars Lexi Thompson and Suzann Pettersen.

Friday, October 2

Golfworld: Poland's 'Greatest-Ever Golfer' Is 6 Foot 6 and Trying to Make It on the European Tour

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"GOLF ISN'T A BIG DEAL in Poland," wrote Golfworld's John Huggan.

But Huggan also noted that's changing as tall countryman Adrian Meronk is progressing in the pro-tour ranks.

Here's an excerpt:

Golf in Poland is growing, the number of golfers more than doubling in the last decade to nearly 5,700 in 2018 (out of a total population of 37.8 million). And Adrian Meronk is helping lead the way. Completing a series of precedent-setting achievements on his way around professional golf's increasingly sharp learning curve, the 27-year-old former East Tennessee State student is the first card-holding Polish native on the European Tour. Also first to play in a European Tour event and win on the Challenge Tour, Meronk graduated fifth from the Old World's second circuit at the end of 2019. He is, by a distance and to the surprise of no one, Poland's greatest-ever golfer.

As you'd expect, that last accolade makes him laugh. But the distance between Meronk and his compatriots continues to grow. Victory in the 2019 Portugal Open—one of his 10 top-10s on the Challenge Tour last year—is a career highlight so far, but there have been others on the upward trajectory this 6-foot-6 big man has followed.

Meronk was an alternate for this week's Scottish Open.

In the Golfworld story, Meronk described what it's like to blaze the golf trail:

 "My friends did think I was a little bit odd. I played almost every sport, but I was the only one who played golf. So that was a shock for them. I think it still is. When people at home ask me what I do for a living, and I tell them, it is always a surprise for them. I'm still a bit of an oddity, something I'm trying to change."

Read the story.

Tuesday, September 29

Bermuda Championship Set to be First PGA Tour Event Since Onset of COVID-19 Pandemic to Welcome Spectators

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SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Next month's Bermuda Championship will be the first PGA TOUR event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to welcome general admission spectators on-site at a tournament venue, event officials and the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) announced today.

The PGA TOUR and the Bermuda Government have jointly granted permission for a limited number of general admission spectators per day for the second annual event at Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton, October 26–November 1. The daily allowance, whose number will be determined under the island's public-gatherings regulations, follows a review by Bermuda's health authorities and means Bermuda residents as well as visitors will be able to attend the event in person.

Bermuda Championship tickets went on sale yesterday, September 28, and spectators can purchase tickets online (while quantities last) through the tournament website at bermudachampionship.com. Gates are open to the public Thursday, October 28 to Sunday, November 1; daily general admission tickets are available online only for $35.

"We are grateful to Bermuda's government, health officials, the PGA TOUR and Bruno Event Team, whom we've worked jointly with throughout the process of planning for this year's event," said Victoria Isley, BTA Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. "The second Bermuda Championship is a testament to the island's successful health and safety record which has enabled an event of this scope to go ahead. As title sponsor, the Bermuda Tourism Authority is thrilled to make this possible for Bermuda visitors and our local community. Through four days of live coverage on The Golf Channel, the Bermuda Championship will showcase the island's wide-open spaces, pristine beauty and the naturally physically-distanced sport of golf."

Spectator protocols will include temperature checks, wearing of face masks upon entry and around the golf course, social distancing with six feet of separation, and the use of hand sanitiser, with units placed throughout the venue, including entrances, restrooms and concession locations. For the safety of spectators and players, autographs will not be permitted.

ESPN VIDEO: Bryson DeChambeau, Golf Scientist


FOR THOSE STILL GETTING acquainted with new U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, or as a refresher for those who've known about him longer, this ESPN SC Featured piece from 2016 is a solid primer on the golf maverick.

It explains a lot. It holds up well. Bryson breaks the mold.

Here's the introducton:

"Gene Wojciechowski detailed some of Bryson DeChambeau's unconventional methods four years ago when the physics major burst on the golf scene."

Thursday, September 24

European Tour Reverses Course on Allowing Spectators at the Scottish Open

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THE EUROPEAN TOUR ABANDONED its plan to allow 650 spectators per day at the Scottish Open.

Here's the tour's statement:

In light of the recent update to the Scottish Government's Covid-19 guidelines, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open will now be played without spectators.

A robust and thorough plan had been put in place, in close collaboration with the Scottish Government, to welcome a limited number of spectators over the weekend at the Renaissance Club as part of a series of pilot sporting and cultural events being considered in Scotland to help support the return of spectators to events. However, in line with the consistent approach now being taken in Scotland and across the UK to pause pilot events, the tournament will now return to a closed-door model and all ticket holders have been contacted separately with details of the refund process.

We thank our tournament partners Aberdeen Standard Investments, VisitScotland and the Scottish Government for their collaboration. We also thank the Scottish golf fans who had purchased tickets for the event and look forward to welcoming them back in future years.

Wednesday, September 23

USGA CEO Mike Davis Announces Departure in 2021

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LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The USGA announced that CEO Mike Davis will leave the organization by the end of 2021 to pursue a life-long passion for golf course design and construction. 

In the next step of his professional journey, Davis will team with accomplished golf course designer Tom Fazio II in a new business venture, where together they have formed Fazio & Davis Golf Design.

Davis, who joined the USGA in 1990, became the Association's seventh executive director in 2011 and its first Chief Executive Officer in 2016. In the CEO role, Davis is responsible for managing all aspects of the association's day-to-day operations, including its core functions, essential programs and human and financial resources. He serves as a member of several golf-related boards, including the International Golf Federation, World Golf Foundation, World Golf Hall of Fame and Official World Golf Rankings.

"Leading the USGA has been such an honor, and I'm grateful for the many wonderful years I have had with this great organization," said Davis. "While I am excited for my next chapter, my work here is not done, and I look forward to furthering our mission to better the game over the next 15 months."

Until his departure, Davis will continue to focus on leading the organization through the impacts of COVID-19, advancing the USGA's commitment to create Golf House Pinehurst; driving USGA strategy (including, importantly, the outcomes of the Distance Insights project); and on-boarding and supporting his successor to ensure a smooth transition for the next CEO.

The USGA Executive Committee will soon initiate a search for the next CEO, with the goal of having a candidate in place prior to the 2021 U.S. Open in June. Davis will support the onboarding of the new CEO over the subsequent months with the intent of formally departing the organization by the end of 2021.

Tuesday, September 22

Visit Talamore: Fall Golf Packages You Want to Book Now

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Golfworld: How 'the Course Setup at Winged Foot Played Into the Bombers' Hands'


BRYSON DECHAMBEAU IS NOW A BULKY GUY. But the new U.S. Open champion is a smart guy, too. This isn't a recent development. He figured out a few things before blasting his first tee shot at Winged Foot last Thursday.

Golfworld highlighted this and other points in its "18 Parting Thoughts From a Wild Week at Winged Foot."

Here's one of their takeaways:

2. In hindsight, the course setup at Winged Foot played into the bombers' hands. Length is always an advantage, and there's a temptation to combat it by making the fairways super narrow and the rough super long. The problem is, when fairways are that narrow, everyone's going to miss their share. The field only hit 39.6 percent of fairways this week—that's the lowest percentage of any PGA Tour event over the last 30 years, per stats oracle Jason Ray. (DeChambeau might have hit only 23 fairways, but he ranked a respectable T-26 in the category.) And when everyone is missing fairways, the guys closer to the green are going to fare so much better than the guys further away.

DeChambeau was well aware of this, maybe more so than anyone in the field. Here's what he said in his post-round presser: "[Statistician] Mark Broadie was talking to [coach] Chris Como, and they were talking about how they just made the fairways too small this week to have it be an advantage for guys hitting the fairway. So what I mean by that—let's take an example of you going like a yard wide. Nobody's hitting the fairway. OK, length's going to win. You make the fairways too wide, lengths going to win."

The takeaway: length is always going to win.

Sunday, September 20

Bryson DeChambeau Overpowers Field to Win U.S. Open by 6 Shots

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A BOLD EXPERIMENT TO EXPLOIT POWER in championship golf has turned Bryson DeChambeau into a hulking, long-hitting, rough-conquering U.S. Open champion.

Today, DeChambeau shot a closing 3-under 67 on storied Winged Foot to separate himself from the field. No one else broke par in the final round. He finished at 6-under 274 for the tournament, the only player in red numbers after 72 holes on the brutal layout. DeChambeau is the first player to shoot par or better in all four rounds in six U.S. Opens played at Winged Foot dating back to 1929.

"It's just an honor," DeChambeau said about joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win an NCAA championship, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. "It's been a lot of hard work."

Third-round leader Matthew Wolff shot a 5-over 75 in the final round to finish second at even par. Louis Oosthuizen was third at 2-over 282.

DeChambeau only hit 23 of 56 fairways at Winged Foot. It didn't matter. He blasted drives an average of 325 yards, the longest by a U.S. Open champion. And he slashed smart approach shots from the thick rough and displayed a delicate touch on and around the slick, sloping greens.

It's a new day in golf when a sinister U.S. Open setup can't crush every man in the field.

Thursday, September 17

U.S. Open at Winged Foot: Justin Thomas Is the First-Round Leader After a 65

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JUSTIN THOMAS LIKES WINGED FOOT. Actually, it's more like a love affair, especially after an opening 65 alongside Masters champion Tiger Woods and PGA champion Colin Morikawa.

"I loved it," Thomas said about Winged Foot, site of many U.S. Opens and other major events. "It's one of my favorite, if not my favorite, courses I've ever played."

That's high praise.

Thomas hit nine of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens en route to his 65. Fairways and greens, as they say. More of that could earn him his second major victory and first U.S. Open.

Thomas added, "It's one of the best rounds I've played in a while tee to green. There are a couple things here and there that definitely could have been better, but I made sure all of my misses were in the right spot, and that's what you have to do at a U.S. Open."

Meanwhile, his playing partners struggled on the unforgiving layout. Woods finished with a 3-over 73. Morikawa had a 76.

Patrick Reed, Thomas Pieters and Mathhew Wolff are one off Thomas's lead after 66s. Rory McIlroy shot a 67.

Phil Mickelson struggled mightily, finding only two fairways off the tee. He finished with a 79, besting only one player in the field.

Wednesday, September 16

U.S. Open at Winged Foot: Complete Broadcast Schedule

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By USGA

The U.S. Open returns to NBC Sports, with domestic (U.S.) coverage airing exclusively across NBC, Golf Channel and Peacock, NBCUniversal's new streaming service.

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Round One – Thursday, Sept. 17

7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Golf Channel

2-5 p.m.: NBC Sports

5-7 p.m.: Peacock (Streaming App)

Round Two – Friday, Sept. 18

7:30-9:30 a.m.: Peacock (Streaming App)

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Golf Channel

4-7 p.m.: NBC Sports

Round Three – Saturday, Sept. 19

9-11 a.m.: Peacock (Streaming App)

11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: NBC Sports

Round Four – Sunday, Sept. 20

8-10 a.m.: Peacock (Streaming App)

10 a.m.-Noon: Golf Channel

Noon-6 p.m.: NBC Sports

Coverage of the U.S. Open on Peacock

Across each of the four rounds, Peacock will exclusively stream two hours of live U.S. Open coverage for free. U.S. Open content on Peacock will also include coverage of featured groups and featured holes in all four rounds.

Tournament Production and Broadcast Team

Led by 29-time Emmy Award-winning producer Tommy Roy – along with NBC Sports’ producer Brandt Packer – the network’s U.S. Open production will utilize the deepest roster of broadcasters in golf, including five USGA champions: Kay Cockerill (1986, ’87 U.S. Women’s Amateur), Trevor Immelman (1998 U.S. Amateur Public Links), Peter Jacobsen (2004 U.S. Senior Open), Gary Koch (1970 U.S. Junior Amateur) and Justin Leonard (1992 U.S. Amateur).

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U.S. Open at Winged Foot: Thursday and Friday Tee Times and Tournament Notes


MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced tee times for the first two rounds of the 2020 U.S. Open Championship, Thursday (Sept. 17) and Friday (Sept. 18), at 7,477-yard, par-70 Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
The U.S. Open is a 72-hole, stroke-play competition. A field of 144 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on Sept. 17 and 18, after which the field will be reduced to the low 60 scores and ties. Those players making the cut will play 18 holes on Sept. 19 and 20. If there is a tie upon the completion of 72 holes, a two-hole aggregate playoff will immediately follow. If this playoff results in a tie, the tied players will immediately continue to play off hole-by-hole until the winner is determined.
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Thursday (Sept. 17), Hole #1 / Friday (Sept. 18), Hole #10
6:50 a.m. / 12:10 p.m. – Brandon Wu, Scarsdale, N.Y.; Curtis Luck, Australia; Ryan Fox, New Zealand
7:01 a.m. / 12:21 p.m. – Joel Dahmen, Clarkston, Wash.; Rasmus Hojgaard, Denmark; J.T. Poston, Hickory, N.C.
7:12 a.m. / 12:32 p.m. – Chez Reavie, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Sung Kang, Republic of Korea; Kevin Streelman, Wheaton, Ill.
7:23 a.m. / 12:43 p.m. – Jazz Janewattananond, Thailand; Kevin Na, Las Vegas, Nev.; Matt Wallace, England
7:34 a.m. / 12:54 p.m. – Brendon Todd, Watkinsville, Ga.; Harris English, Moultrie, Ga.; (a) Davis Thompson, St. Simons Island, Ga.
7:45 a.m. / 1:05 p.m. – Paul Waring, England; Victor Perez, France; Christiaan Bezuidenhout, South Africa
7:56 a.m. / 1:16 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Patrick Reed, Houston, Texas; Jordan Spieth, Dallas,Texas
8:07 a.m. / 1:27 p.m. – Collin Morikawa, La Canada Flintridge, Calif.; Justin Thomas, Louisville, Ky.; Tiger Woods, Jupiter, Fla.
8:18 a.m. / 1:38 p.m. – Matt Kuchar, Sea Island, Ga.; Lucas Glover, Jupiter, Fla.; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland
8:29 a.m. / 1:49 p.m. – Charles Howell III, Orlando, Fla.; Ryo Ishikawa, Japan; Max Homa, Valencia, Calif.
8:40 a.m. / 2 p.m. – Kurt Kitayama, Chico, Calif.; Robert MacIntyre, Scotland; (a) Sandy Scott, Scotland
8:51 a.m. / 2:11 p.m. – Eddie Pepperell, England; Troy Merritt, Eagle, Idaho; Sami Valimaki, Finland
Thursday (Sept. 17), Hole #10 / Friday (Sept. 18), Hole #1
6:50 a.m. / 12:10 p.m. – Daniel Balin, White Plains, N.Y.; Greyson Sigg, Augusta, Ga.; J.C. Ritchie, South Africa
7:01 a.m. / 12:21 p.m. – (a) Ricky Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif.; Brian Harman, Sea Island, Ga.; Andy Sullivan, England
7:12 a.m. / 12:32 p.m. – Tom Lewis, England; (a) Preston Summerhays, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Jason Kokrak, Hudson, Ohio
7:23 a.m. / 12:43 p.m. – Martin Kaymer, Germany; Jimmy Walker, Boerne, Texas; (a) John Augenstein, Owensboro, Ky.
7:34 a.m. / 12:54 p.m. – Tyler Duncan, Columbus, Ind.; Thomas Detry, Belgium; Erik van Rooyen, South Africa
7:45 a.m. / 1:05 p.m. – Tyrrell Hatton, England; Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Danny Willett, England
7:56 a.m. / 1:16 p.m. – Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Jason Day, Australia
8:07 a.m. / 1:27 p.m. – Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Adam Scott, Australia; Justin Rose, England
8:18 a.m. / 1:38 p.m. – Ian Poulter, England; Patrick Cantlay, Jupiter, Fla.; Steve Stricker, Madison, Wis.
8:29 a.m. / 1:49 p.m. – Adam Hadwin, Canada; Mackenzie Hughes, Canada; Corey Conners, Canada
8:40 a.m. / 2 p.m. – Sebastian Munoz, Colombia; (a) Chun An Yu, Chinese Taipei; Justin Harding, South Africa
8:51 a.m. / 2:11 p.m. – Scott Hend, Australia; Dan McCarthy, Syracuse, N.Y.; Ryan Vermeer, Omaha, Neb.
Thursday (Sept. 17), Hole #1 / Friday (Sept. 18), Hole #10
12:10 p.m. / 6:50 a.m. – Shaun Norris, South Africa; Rory Sabbatini, Slovakia; Chan Kim, Gilbert, Ariz.
12:21 p.m. / 7:01 a.m. – Adam Long, St. Louis, Mo.; (a) Eduard Rousaud, Spain; Mike Lorenzo-Vera, France
12:32 p.m. / 7:12 a.m. – (a) Lukas Michel, Australia; Lucas Herbert, Australia; Matt Jones, Australia
12:43 p.m. / 7:23 a.m. – Ryan Palmer, Colleyville, Texas; Si Woo Kim, Republic of Korea; Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain
12:54 p.m. / 7:34 a.m. – Joaquin Niemann, Chile; Sungjae Im, Republic of Korea; Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif.
1:05 p.m. / 7:45 a.m. – Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.; (a) Andy Ogletree, Little Rock, Miss.; Shane Lowry, Republic of Ireland
1:16 p.m. / 7:56 a.m. – Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.; Dustin Johnson, Jupiter, Fla.; Tony Finau, Salt Lake City, Utah
1:27 p.m. / 8:07 a.m. – Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Paul Casey, England; Jon Rahm, Spain
1:38 p.m. / 8:18 a.m. – Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.; Matthew Wolff, Agoura Hills, Calif.; Viktor Hovland, Norway
1:49 p.m. / 8:29 a.m. – Romain Langasque, France; Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss.; Will Zalatoris, Plano, Texas
2 p.m. / 8:40 a.m. – Matthias Schwab, Austria; (a) Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas; Alex Noren, Sweden
2:11 p.m. / 8:51 a.m. – Connor Syme, Scotland; Paul Barjon, France; Marty Jertson, Phoenix, Ariz.
Thursday (Sept. 17), Hole #10 / Friday (Sept. 18), Hole #1
12:10 p.m. / 6:50 a.m. – Richy Werenski, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Taylor Pendrith, Canada; Renato Paratore, Italy
12:21 p.m. / 7:01 a.m. – Jim Herman, Palm City, Fla.; (a) John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J.; Thomas Pieters, Belgium
12:32 p.m. / 7:12 a.m. – Michael Thompson, Sea Island, Ga.; Andrew Putnam, University Place, Wash.; Chesson Hadley, Raleigh, N.C.
12:43 p.m. / 7:23 a.m. – Bernd Wiesberger, Austria; Marc Leishman, Australia; Cameron Smith, Australia
12:54 p.m. / 7:34 a.m. – Lee Westwood, England; (a) James Sugrue, Republic of Ireland; Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.
1:05 p.m. / 7:45 a.m. – Matt Fitzpatrick, England; Daniel Berger, Jupiter, Fla.; Branden Grace, South Africa
1:16 p.m. / 7:56 a.m. – Tommy Fleetwood, England; Kevin Kisner, Aiken, S.C.; Abraham Ancer, Mexico
1:27 p.m. / 8:07 a.m. – Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Keegan Bradley, Woodstock, Vt.
1:38 p.m. / 8:18 a.m. – Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Xander Schauffele, San Diego, Calif.; Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.
1:49 p.m. / 8:29 a.m. – Shugo Imahira, Japan; Byeong Hun An, Republic of Korea; (a) Takumi Kanaya, Japan
2 p.m. / 8:40 a.m. – Danny Lee, New Zealand; Mark Hubbard, Denver, Colo.; Lanto Griffin, Blacksburg, Va.
2:11 p.m. / 8:51 a.m. – Stephan Jaeger, Germany; Lee Hodges, Elkmont, Ala.; Adrian Otaegui, Spain
(a): amateur
2020 U.S. Open Championship – Par & Yardage
Winged Foot Golf Club’s West Course will be set up at 7,477 yards and will play to a par of 35-35—70. The yardage for each round of the championship will vary due to course setup and conditions.
Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) Hole By Hole
Hole123456789Total
Par44344434535
Yardage4514842434675023211624905653,685
Hole101112131415161718Total
Par34534444435
Yardage2143846332124524264985044693,792

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