Friday, June 30

VIDEO: Mother of European Tour Player Wades Into Water Hazard to Retrieve His Putter


(H/T Aussie Golfer)

Low Scores at the U.S. Senior Open; Kirk Triplett Leads; Hale Irwin Shoots Age

Kirk Triplett watches his tee shot on the 6th hole.
(Copyright USGA/Jeff Haynes)
THE SECOND ROUND IS IN PROGRESS at the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass.

Kirk Triplett is the current leader at 11 under after a 67 on Friday. Triplett was the first-round leader with a blistering 62. (Par is 70 for the championship.)

Doug Garwood is two behind Triplett after rounds of 64 and 67.

Triplett's 8-under 62 tied Loren Roberts (2006, third round) for the lowest score in USGA Open championship history. Triplett made six birdies and one eagle – holing his 115-yard approach for eagle with a 9-iron on the par-4 fourth hole.

Kirk Triplett pitches on the 6th hole.
(Copyright USGA/Jeff Haynes)
In the first round, there were nine rounds of 65 or better. That is the most in any round in a U.S. Senior Open. Previously, the record was four, set multiple times, most recently in the final round of the 2013 championship at Omaha Country Club.

There were six bogey-free rounds on Thursday: Scott Verplank, Barry Lane, Kirk Triplett, Roger Chapman, Duffy Waldorf and Jeff Roth, who parred all 18 holes.

Olin Browne's nine birdies tied a U.S. Senior Open record, held by multiple competitors. Kenny Perry accomplished the feat most recently in the fourth round of the 2013 championship in Omaha.

Hale Irwin (2-over, 72) shot his age in the first round. It is the third time he shot his age in the U.S. Senior Open. He shot a 70 in the first round of the 2015 championship at Del Paso C.C. and a 66 in the third round of the 2011 championship at Inverness Club.

USGA first-round notes were included in this report.

Thursday, June 29

VICE SPORTS: Up Close With Michelle Wie

FOR MICHELLE WIE, THE LAST FEW YEARS have meant building a fulfilling life and letting go of the pressure of being the "next big thing."

After growing up in front of the camera since the age of 10, the 27-year-old golfer explains the difficulty of being the new kid as a professional golfer and feeling like she did not have an escape from the sport.

While most people think she hurt her career by attending college, Wie believes players shouldn't have to choose between a sport and education, telling VICE Sports, "going to Stanford and graduating from Stanford was the best four and a half years of my life."

Wednesday, June 28

VIDEO: Erin Hills and the Amish Community

SO THIS CLIP IS PRETTY OLD. It's from the U.S. Open coverage a couple of weeks ago. And, thanks to my friend and golf writer John Coyne, who sent it to me, it has been sitting in my inbox. (For too long.) But I'm sharing it nonetheless, in case you missed it, or in case you want to watch it again.


Thursday, June 22

Golf on TV: Travelers Championship, BMW International Open, American Family Insurance Championship, Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 21, 2017) – The PGA TOUR heads to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship, where three of the world’s top-6 players – Rory McIlroy (No. 3), Jason Day (No. 4) and Jordan Spieth (No. 6) – are in the field. Fellow top-10 players in the world – Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson – are in Germany this week for the BMW International Open, where Stenson looks to defend his 2016 title, which came just weeks before the Swede’s first major win. The PGA TOUR Champions head to Wisconsin for the second annual American Family Insurance Championship, with Steve Stricker scheduled to tee it up in his home state. Lydia Ko and Michelle Wie headline the field at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, with the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship set to get underway next week outside Chicago.


Travelers Championship
Dates: June 22-25
Venues: TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on CBS (Eastern):
Saturday          3-6 p.m.
Sunday            3-6 p.m.

Broadcast Notes:
Knox defendsRussell Knox beat Jerry Kelly by one to claim his second PGA TOUR victory.
Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Paul Casey and Jim Furyk.


BMW International Open
Dates: June 22-25
Venue: Golfclub München Eichenried, Munich, Germany

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         6-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              6-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Stenson defends: Last year Henrik Stenson won the BMW International Open by three shots over Thorbjorn Olesen and Darren Fichardt. 
Headlining the Field: Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els and Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Tommy Fleetwood. 


American Family Insurance Championship
Dates: June 23-25
Venue: University Ridge Golf Course, Madison, Wis.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              12:30-3 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          3-5 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            3-5 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-2:30 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Triplett defends: Kirk Triplett shot 7-under (65) last year to win his fifth career PGA TOUR Champions event. 
Headlining the field: Fred Couples, Steve Stricker, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Corey Pavin, Lee Janzen, John Daly and Nick Faldo.


Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G
Dates: June 23-25                                                                       
Venue: Pinnacle Country Club, Roger, Ark.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              6:30-8:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          5-7 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            5-7 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:
54 hole event: This event is the second of three events on the LPGA calendar being contested as (Friday-Sunday) 54-hole competitions.
Ko defends: Lydia Ko finished three shots ahead of Morgan Pressel and Candie Kung to earn her 13th LPGA win.
Headling the field: Lydia Ko, Michelle Wie, Inbee Park, Suzanne Pettersen, Anna Nordqvist, Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer and Laura Davies.

Wednesday, June 21

'SLUGFEST': U.S. Open Champion Brooks Koepka on Sports Illustrated Cover

HITTING NEWSSTANDS TOMORROW, the next issue of Sports Illustrated features U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who owned Erin Hills last week with a 16-under par performance that put him in the record books.

The cover story written by senior writer Alan Shipnuck includes this observation from U.S. Ryder Cup assistant captain Steve Stricker:

"[Koepka] looks like he wants to fight you… He looks like he wants to punch you in the mouth. That's what I like about him—he's got an edge. For sure it's intimidating to play against. You get a guy who is built like a linebacker and pounds the crap out of the ball, and then looks over like he wants to brawl, yeah, that has an effect."

Tuesday, June 20

Phil Mickelson and Jim 'Bones' Mackay End 25-Year Player-Caddie Relationship

IT'S OVER. BOTH RELEASING STATEMENTS, Phil Mickelson and his caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay announced they are moving on from an on-course working relationship that dates back to 1992.

As far as I know, the news comes as a complete surprise to the golf world. It might be more shocking than Brooks Koepka's record performance at the U.S. Open or the DUI for Tiger Woods.

A Phil and Bones breakup? No way. They smiled, they talked and talked and talked, they joked, they seemed like brothers.

"Player-caddie relationships don't often last that long," Mackay said in his statement. "I wish Phil nothing but the best. His game is still at an elite level, and when he wins in the future (definitely the Masters), I will be among the first to congratulate him."

Phil said this: "Our decision is not based on a single incident. We just feel it's the right time for a change. My relationship and history with Bones far exceeds golf. He has been one of the most important and special people in my life since the day we met and I will always be grateful for everything he has done for me."

Mickelson, who just turned 47, will have his brother Tim on the bag for the rest of the season. Lefty's next tournament is The Greenbrier Classic in July.

Friday, June 16

Love Story: Dru in the Field, Davis on the Bag

Davis Love IV and his father/caddie Davis Love III on the 15th hole
during the first round of the U.S. Open.
(Copyright USGA/John Gress)

OF COURSE, FATHER'S DAY IS SUNDAY, and I'd say that Davis Love III caddying for his son Dru at Erin Hills is near the top of feel-good stories.

The elder Love spoke to Golf Channel earlier in the week about carrying for his son.

"It has been exciting for Dru," Love said. "I got him through the local qualifying and then he made it on to the sectional on his own while I was trying to play. Obviously this week playing in his first major championship in his first week as a professional, it is pretty incredible to be on the bag.

"People have been asking me, 'Don’t you wish you were playing?' I don't think I'd rather be playing than to get to do this. What a great experience it is for me and hopefully I can help him."

It will also be a test of endurance for the 53-year-old Love.

"I've caddied for him in 72-hole tournaments in the past," he said, "but not on these kinds of hills and not with this pro bag. It is going to be a challenge for any caddie this week. It is going to be a long walk for everybody. Once we get inside the ropes, the adrenaline will take over and I'll be able to make it."

Dru Love shot a 71 in the first round and is currently at 1 over, which is the projected cut line.

Thursday, June 15

Rickie Fowler Fires 'Stress-Free' 65 to Lead U.S. Open at Erin Hills

Rickie Fowler hits his tee shot on the 18th hole
during the first round of the U.S. Open.
(Copyright USGA/JD Cuban)

IN SEARCH OF HIS FIRST MAJOR, Rickie Fowler took a big step on Thursday at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Fowler fired a sizzling 65 that included no bogeys to grab the lead in the 2017 U.S. Open.

"You don't get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free," Fowler said. "I've been swinging well all through the start of the week. It was nice getting off to a quick start."

As USA Today reported, Fowler birdied three of his first five holes and striped the ball all day long. He hit 12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation. It didn't hurt that he played in the morning when conditions were better. But it was a great round in every respect, tying him with guys named Nicklaus and Weiskopf who also opened the 1980 U.S. Open with 7-under rounds (in their case 63).

Three early players (Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka) were two shots back at 67. Australian Marc Leishman is also currently 5 under through 14 holes.

Tuesday, June 13

2017 U.S. Open: Erin Hills Preview

HERE'S THE GOLF COURSE EVERYONE is talking about this week.

Or complaining. Or whining. Or cussing.

From the USGA Fact Sheet.

PAR AND YARDAGE                

Erin Hills will be set up at 7,741 yards and will play to a par of 36-36—72. The yardage for each round of the championship will vary due to course setup and conditions.

Erin Hills, located 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee in the Kettle Moraine region, was designed by the team of Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten. The public facility opened for play in 2006. Covering 652 acres, the area was host to icy fingers and streams from the last glacier to cover south central Wisconsin. The course features bentgrass greens and fine fescue fairways. The design team oversaw a major renovation to the layout in 2010.

Based on the course setup for the championship, the USGA Course Rating™ is 78.4 and the Slope Rating® is 147.

2017 U.S. Open: First and Second Round Tee Times

FOLLOWING ARE TEE TIMES for Thursday and Friday at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. I've highlighted a handful of marquee groups or groups of interest.

All Times CDT

Thursday (June 15), hole #1 / Friday (June 16), hole #10

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Jordan Niebrugge, Mequon, Wis.; Talor Gooch, Choctaw, Okla.; Kevin Dougherty, Murrieta, Calif.

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Andres Romero, Argentina; Brice Garnett, Gallatin, Mo.; TBD

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Yusaku Miyazato, Japan; J.T. Poston, St. Simons Island, Ga.; Aaron Rai, England

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – David Lingmerth, Sweden; Paul Dunne, Republic of Ireland; Haotong Li, Chinese Taipei

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – (a) Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif.; Chez Reavie, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Gene Sauers, Savannah, Ga.

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.; Alex Noren, Sweden; Tyrrell Hatton, England

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain; Thomas Pieters, Belgium; Brooks Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Gary Woodland, Delray Beach, Fla.; J.B. Holmes, Campbellsville, Ky.; Jason Kokrak,Charlotte, N.C.

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Russell Knox, Scotland; (a) Scott Gregory, England; Martin Laird, Scotland

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Kevin Kisner, Aiken, S.C.; Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Branden Grace, South Africa

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Ernie Els, South Africa; Lucas Glover, Tequesta, Fla.

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Tyson Alexander, Gainesville, Fla.; (a) Christopher Crawford, Bensalem, Pa.; Max Greyserman, Boca Raton, Fla.

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Matthew Campbell, Rome, N.Y.; Garrett Osborn, Birmingham, Ala.; (a) Walker Lee, Houston, Texas

Thursday (June 15), hole #10 / Friday (June 16), hole #1

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – TBD,; Ted Potter Jr., Ocala, Fla.; Daniel Chopra, Sweden

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Shugo Imahira, Japan; TBD; Matthew Wallace, England

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Charley Hoffman, San Diego, Calif.; Jason Dufner, Auburn, Ala.; Hideto Tanihara, Japan

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Jeunghun Wang, Republic of Korea; Thomas Aiken, South Africa; Bradley Dredge, Wales

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – (a) Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C.; Jamie Lovemark, San Diego, Calif.; Michael Putnam, University Place, Wash.

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Brian Harman, Sea Island, Ga.; Tommy Fleetwood, England; Bud Cauley, Jupiter, Fla.

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.; Jon Rahm, Spain

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Lee Westwood, England; Ross Fisher, England; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Danny Willett, England; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Angel Cabrera, Argentina

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Matt Kuchar, Sea Island, Ga.; Francesco Molinari, Italy; Patrick Reed, Houston, Texas

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Martin Kaymer, Germany; Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas; Dustin Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – (a) Joaquin Niemann, Chile; Stephan Jaeger, Germany; Joel Stalter, Luxembourg

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Daniel Miernicki, Portland, Ore.; (a) Sahith Theegala, Chino Hills, Calif.; TBD

Thursday (June 15), hole #1 / Friday (June 16), hole #10

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Jack Maguire, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Corey Conners, Canada; Ben Kohles, Sea Island, Ga.

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Eddie Pepperell, England; Chan Kim, Gilbert, Ariz.; TBD

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Jhonattan Vegas, Venezuela; Yuta Ikeda, Japan; Sean O'Hair, Chadds Ford, Pa.

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Andrew Johnston, England; Brian Stuard, Jackson, Mich.; George Coetzee, South Africa

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Marc Leishman, Australia; Pat Perez, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Si Woo Kim, Republic of Korea

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Russell Henley, Charleston, S.C.; (a) Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas; Harris English, Sea Island, Ga.

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.; Adam Scott, Australia; Sergio Garcia, Spain

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Jimmy Walker, Boerne, Texas; Justin Thomas, Goshen, Ky.; Paul Casey, England

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Jason Day, Australia; Justin Rose, England; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Steve Stricker, Madison, Wis.; Stewart Cink, Duluth, Ga.; Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Ryan Brehm, Traverse City, Mich.; John Oda, Honolulu, Hawaii; Jonathan Randolph, Oxford, Miss.

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – (a) Mason Andersen, Chandler, Ariz.; Derek Barron, Tacoma, Wash.; Roman Robledo, Harlingen, Texas

Thursday (June 15), hole #10 / Friday (June 16), hole #1

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Wade Ormsby, Australia; Oliver Bekker, South Africa; Kyle Thompson, Greenville, S.C.

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Brandon Stone, South Africa; Troy Merritt, Meridian, Idaho; TBD

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Satoshi Kodaira, Japan; Daniel Summerhays, Fruit Heights, Utah; Alexander Levy, France

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – William McGirt, Moore, S.C.; Keegan Bradley, Woodstock, Vt.; Kevin Na, Las Vegas, Nev.

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – (a) Brad Dalke, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Wesley Bryan, Augusta, Ga.; Brendan Steele, Idyllwild, Calif.

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Nick Flanagan, Australia; Richie Ramsay, Scotland; Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Daniel Berger, Jupiter, Fla.; Roberto Castro, Atlanta, Ga.; Bill Haas, Greenville, S.C.

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Adam Hadwin, Canada; Emiliano Grillo, Argentina; Cheng-Tsung Pan, Chinese Taipei

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Scott Piercy, Las Vegas, Nev.; Shane Lowry, Republic of Ireland; Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Matthew Fitzpatrick, England; Peter Uihlein, Jupiter, Fla.; Byeong Hun An, Republic of Korea

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Kevin Chappell, Fresno, Calif.; (a) Maverick McNealy, Portola Valley, Calif.; Bernd Wiesberger, Austria

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Xander Schauffele, San Diego, Calif.; Trey Mullinax, Birmingham, Ala.; (a) Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif.

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Sam Ryder, Longwood, Fla.; (a) Alex Smalley, Wake Forest, N.C.; Andy Pope, Orlando, Fla.

(a): amateur

Friday, June 9

LeBron James Is Down 3-0, and His Golf Swing Isn't Looking Good Either

HE MAY BE KING JAMES ON THE COURT, but LeBron is something else altogether on the course. He clearly needs more range time. A lot more. The offseason is coming soon.

Thursday, June 8

Golf on TV: FedEx St. Jude Classic, Manulife LPGA Classic, Lyoness Open, Principal Charity Classic

From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 7, 2017) – The PGA TOUR returns to Memphis this week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, the final event on the PGA TOUR before next week’s U.S. Open. The LPGA Tour conducts its first of two events in Canada this season when it stages the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Ontario. The PGA TOUR Champions is in Des Moines for the Principal Charity Classic. Finally, the European Tour is in Austria for the Lyoness Open.


FedEx St. Jude Classic
Dates: June 8-11                                                                         
Venue: TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         4-7 p.m. (Live) / 8-11 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              4-7 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on CBS (Eastern):
Saturday          3-6 p.m.
Sunday            3-6 p.m.

Broadcast Notes:
Berger defends: Daniel Berger won by three strokes to claim his first PGA Tour victory.
Headlining the field: Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger, Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els and Davis Love III.


Manulife LPGA Classic
Dates: June 8-11                                                                         
Venue: Whistle Bear Golf Club, Cambridge, Ontario

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         1:30-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday              1:30-3:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          3-5 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            3-5 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Masson  defends: Caroline Masson finished one shot ahead of Karine Icher, Minjee Lee and Mi Hyang Lee to claim her first LPGA Tour win.
Headlining the field: Ariya Jutanugarn, In Gee Chun, Lexi Thompson, Shanshan Feng, Brooke Henderson, Brittany Lang, Suzann Pettersen, Caroline Masson and Amy Yang.


Lyoness Open
Dates: June 8-11
Venue: Diamond Country Club (Diamond Course), Atzenbrugg, Austria

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5-7 a.m. / 9-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday              5-7 a.m. / 9-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          5:30-10 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            5:30-10 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Wu defends: Ashun Wu defeated Adrian Otaeugi by one shot to claim his second European Tour win.
Headlining the field: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Matthias Schwab, Bernd Wiesberger, Mike Weir, Ashun Wu, Sepp Straka and Luca Cianchetti (a).


Principal Charity Classic
Dates: June 9-11                                                                         
Venue: Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              7-9 p.m. (Tape delay) / 5-7 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Saturday          7-9 p.m. (Tape delay) / 5-7 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Sunday            7-9 p.m. (Tape delay) / 5-7 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)

Broadcast Notes:
McCarron defends: Scott McCarron finished one stroke ahead of Billy Andrade and Miguel Angel Jimenez for his first career PGA TOUR Champions win. 
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Tom Lehman, David Toms, Woody Austin, Damon Green, Fuzzy Zoeller, Peter Jacobsen and Gary Koch.

Wednesday, June 7

VIDEO: Martin Kaymer's Wish: 'Stop Being So Nasty' About Tiger Woods

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer speaks out on the public reaction to the recent misfortunes of Tiger Woods.

Tuesday, June 6

Steve Stricker Qualifies for 2017 U.S. Open, All of Wisconsin Breathes Sigh of Relief

Steve Stricker lines up his putt on the 6th hole during 2017 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying
on Monday. (Copyright USGA/John Gress)

THERE WERE NO MEMPHIS BLUES for Wisconsin native Steve Stricker.

Stricker qualified for the U.S. Open at Erin Hills by shooting 10-under at the 36-hole sectional qualifier at Germantown Country Club in Memphis, Tennessee.

Now he is homeward bound to play in the national championship.

Monday, June 5

VIDEO: Rick Oster and Oster Golf Houses: 'I Love Everything About What I'm Doing'

RICK OSTER FELT UNFULFILLED IN THE CORPORATE WORLD until he "found the courage" to pursue his dream on a fulltime basis. That dream had a name: Oster Golf Houses. Rick began a nationwide search for an ideal location to build his unique golf houses. That search took him to Alabama and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, where he says, "everyone was a pleasure to work with."

Watch the above video to enjoy Rick's inspiring story, including the surprising career and life change that enabled him to serve the game he has loved since boyhood. You'll also see the fruition of his dream and meticulous plans: Oster Golf Houses. They're unlike anything else!

Learn more about Oster Golf Houses:
Part 1: The House That Rick Built: Lodging Reimagined
Part 2: The Best Golf Housing You've Never Heard Of
Part 3: 'Best Golf House Ever'

Roberto De Vicenzo: 'If You Hurry, Then Nothing Seems to Go Right'

ARGENTINE ROBERTO DE VICENZO, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, died on June 1 at the age of 94.

"The world will always remember Roberto De Vicenzo for what he lost, not for what he won," wrote the World Golf Hall of Fame, "for that careless mistake he made at the 1968 Masters, signing an incorrect scorecard that had him making a par and not a birdie on the 17th hole that Sunday afternoon, and, thus, his uttering of the immortal golf quote, 'What a stupid I am.'"

Based on his record and by all accounts I've read, De Vicenzo was a wonderful golfer and a wonderful man.

De Vicenzo won more than 230 golf tournaments worldwide, including six on the PGA Tour and the 1967 Open Championship at Hoylake where he outdueled Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. He finished in the top five in 490 tournaments. In 1980 he won the U.S. Senior Open at the age of 57.

De Vicenzo practiced hard and focused on pace, saying, "If you hurry, then nothing seems to go right."

Friday, June 2

AUDIO: Talking to Golf Legend Tommy Bolt

I WAS LUCKY TO TALK to Tommy Bolt, a Hall of Famer who led after the first and second rounds of the 1955 U.S. Open. (Bolt was an important figure in my first book, THE LONGEST SHOT: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf's Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open.)

They called him "Thunder Bolt" and other nicknames because of his legendary temper and club throwing.

Tommy was not in good health in the spring of 2008. He was in a nursing home in Arkansas the first time I called and told me to try him again in a week or two. I called back, and although he didn't feel well that day, at his wife's urging, he took the phone. When we finished, Tommy said he was glad we talked.

Tommy Bolt died three months later on August 30, 2008. He had 14 wins on the PGA Tour, including the 1958 U.S. Open, and played on two U.S. Ryder Cup teams.

Thursday, June 1

Golf on TV: The Memorial Tournament, Nordea Masters, ShopRite LPGA Classic

From a Golf Channel press release.

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 31, 2017) – The PGA TOUR is in Ohio this week for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson leads a strong field that also includes Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm. The European Tour is in Sweden for the Nordea Masters, where Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren are scheduled to tee it up in their native country while Matthew Fitzpatrick defends. The LPGA Tour is in New Jersey for the ShopRite LPGA Classic, a 54-hole event. Anna Nordqvist will look to win the event for the third time in as many years.


the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide
Dates: June 1-4                                                                           
Venue: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Sunday            Noon-2 p.m. (Live) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on CBS (Eastern):
Saturday          3-6 p.m.
Sunday            2:30-6 p.m.

Broadcast Notes:
McGirt defends: William McGirt made par on the second playoff hole against Jon Curran to claim his first PGA TOUR victory.
Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Kisner and Patrick Reed.


Nordea Masters
Dates: June 1-4
Venue: Barseback Golf & Country Club (Masters Course), Malmo, Sweden

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         5-7 a.m. / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Friday              5-7 a.m. / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Saturday          7-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday            7-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Fitzpatrick defends: Matthew Fitzpatrick won by three shots over Lasse Jensen to earn his second career European Tour win.
Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Lee Westwood, Chris Wood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Thorbjorn Olesen, Matteo Manassero and Trevor Immelman.


ShopRite LPGA Classic
Dates: June 2-4                                                                           
Venue: Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club (Bay Course), Galloway, N.J.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              Noon-2 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            2:30-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Nordqvist defends: Anna Nordqvist successfully defended her 2015 title by finishing one shot clear of Haru Nomura to capture her sixth LPGA Tour win.
Headlining the field: Anna Nordqvist, Brooke Henderson, Sei Young Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Cristie Kerr, Amy Yang, Brittany Lang, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie and Mariah Stackhouse.