Monday, June 28

Nelly Korda Says 'Never Give Up' After Winning the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and Rising to World No. 1



NELLY KORDA BROKE THROUGH at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Shooting a 68 in the final round on Sunday, Korda won her first major championship by three shots over Lizette Salas. It was her seventh victory since joining the LPGA Tour in 2017.

Korda, 22 and the younger of the two Korda sisters (the other is Jessica), also rose to No. 1 in the world rankings with the victory. She is the first American to hold the top spot in the Rolex Rankings since 2014.

"I've put in a lot of work," Korda said, "and to finally get three wins under my belt this year, and to get a major championship, I don't even have words, honestly."

Less than a month ago the newest major winner missed the cut at the U.S. Women's Open at the Olympic Club. She went home for a "boot camp" with her father, a tennis champion.

Korda added, "Never give up, honestly. I guess that's the motto you have to have. It's golf."

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Thursday, June 24

How to Watch the KPMG Women's PGA Championship

THE KPMG WOMEN'S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP is underway at the Highlands Course at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

The field includes defending champion Sei Young Kim, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson and the Korda Sisters (Jessica and Nelly).

TV AND BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Tune into coverage on Thursday through Sunday at Peacock, GOLF and NBC. All times Eastern Time.

Thursday, June 24
11:00 - 3:00 PM ET on GOLF
5:00 - 7:00 PM ET on Peacock

Friday, June 25
11:00 - 3:00 PM ET on GOLF
5:00 - 7:00 PM ET on Peacock

Saturday, June 26
10:00 - 1:00 PM ET on Peacock
1:00 - 4:00 PM ET on NBC

Sunday, June 27
12:00 - 3:00 PM ET on Peacock
3:00 - 6:00 PM ET on NBC

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Monday, June 21

U.S. Open Champion Jon Rahm: 'This Was Definitely for Seve'


By USGA

SAN DIEGO - On a cool, overcast Sunday in 2021, it was Jon Rahm hammering home the most memorable 24-foot birdie putt of his young career, one that gave the fiery Spaniard a one-stroke victory over Louis Oosthuizen in the 121st U.S. Open Championship.

Punctuating a 4-under-par 67 to match the championship’s lowest round, the 26-year-old became the first player from Spain to win any USGA championship. It also was his second title on the South Course at Torrey Pines, a venue he has grown to love.

Torrey Pines was the site of his first PGA Tour victory in 2017 and where he later proposed to his college sweetheart, Kelley Cahill. It has been a whirlwind two weeks for Rahm, who had to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament with a six-stroke 54-hole lead on June 5 due to a positive COVID-19 test.

“I'm a big believer in karma,” said Rahm, who also rallied from a three-stroke deficit in the final round to win the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, capping that comeback with a dramatic 72nd-hole eagle. “And after what happened a couple weeks ago, I stayed really positive knowing good things were coming. I didn't know what it was going to be, but I knew we were coming to a special place, I knew I got [my] breakthrough [PGA Tour] win here and it's a very special place for my family, and the fact that my parents were able to come, I got out of COVID protocol early, I just felt like the stars were aligning, and I knew my best golf was to come.

“I have a hard time explaining what just happened because I can't even believe I made the last two putts, and I'm the first Spaniard ever to win a U.S. Open. This was definitely for Seve [Ballesteros]. I know he tried a lot, and usually we think a lot about him at the Masters, but I know he wanted to win this one most of all. I just don't know how to explain it.”

For Oosthuizen (71–279), it was his sixth runner-up finish in a major championship since winning the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews, and second in the U.S. Open (2015). Harris English finished three strokes back in third (3-under 281) after shooting a final-round 68.

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Friday, June 18

Sports Illustrated and Morning Read Announce Editorial Partnership

News Release

NEW YORK - Sports Illustrated and Morning Read, an authoritative voice in golf media, announced an editorial partnership today, creating the ultimate online destination for golf enthusiasts. The two publications combine the editorial talent of the respective media brands in a new destination, available to golf fans alike at SI.com/golf.

The partnership launches in step with golf’s third major this year, the highly anticipated U.S. Open, which starts Thursday at Torrey Pines. Sports Illustrated’s veteran writers and Morning Read’s seasoned editorial team will provide daily news, podcasts and videos, delivering a full range of coverage of the major championship.

As part of its expansion of offerings for consumers, Sports Illustrated will publish all 25 of Morning Read’s original series and partner podcasts and more than 10 of its original video series. Dedicated audiences will continue to receive Morning Read’s daily newsletter six days a week, as well as its weekly travel newsletter Where To Golf Next, and weekly player and industry examination in The Equipment Insider. According to the multimedia platform, not only are their subscribers golf enthusiasts, but 50% are a 14 handicap or better, and 93% play at least 15 rounds per year.

"We're thrilled about what this partnership brings to Sports Illustrated, and I know golf fans will be too. Morning Read comprehensively covers not just what's happening on the course, but all things a golf fan cares about – travel, equipment, instruction, fitness and beyond," said Ryan Hunt, co-editor-in-chief of Sports Illustrated.

Morning Read informs and entertains golfers and golf fans alike with a vast array of content. It covers the day-to-day happenings on all professional tours and its roster of writers has combined to play thousands of golf courses, cover hundreds of major championships and win numerous writing awards. The Morning Read Podcast Network includes more than 20 original shows, ranging from entrepreneurship and instruction to tour news and fantasy lineup advice. Morning Read’s video network, MR.TV features more than a dozen original video series, including travel shows, instruction tips and interview series.

The sport of golf appears to be on the rise; according to the National Golf Foundation (NGF), the sport’s U.S. participation rose 8% in 2020 to 36.9 million, and wholesale equipment shipments are reporting 25% ahead of 2019. As interest in golf continues to grow, the Sports Illustrated website will provide 360-degree coverage of the sport to take a golfer’s game to the next level.

About Morning Read

Morning Read launched in 2017 presenting original, insightful content that is critical to the golf industry but often uncovered and unspoken. In 2019, Buffalo Groupe, LLC purchased Morning Read and its portfolio of properties forming Buffalo Media Network. Later that year, Morning Read relaunched with a new multimedia platform bringing all aspects of golf to its readers. Continuing its evolution as the destination for golf enthusiasts, Morning Read will be available at SI.com/golf this summer.

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Tuesday, June 15

USGA: U.S. Open Tee Times, Torrey Pines Golf Course Details and 'About the U.S. Open'

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By USGA

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced tee times for the first two rounds of the 2021 U.S. Open Championship, Thursday (June 17) and Friday (June 18), at 7,652-yard, par-71 Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), in San Diego, Calif.

The U.S. Open is a 72-hole, stroke-play competition. A field of 156 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on June 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 June 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.

All Times PDT

Thursday (June 17), Hole #1 / Friday (June 18), Hole #10

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Sahith Theegala, Chino Hills, Calif.; Edoardo Molinari, Italy; Greyson Sigg, Augusta, Ga.

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Chris Baker, Brownstown, Ind.; J.J. Spaun, Los Angeles, Calif.; Fabian Gomez, Argentina

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Patrick Rodgers, Jupiter, Fla.; Robby Shelton, Birmingham, Ala.; (a) Pierceson Coody, Plano, Texas

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Russell Henley, Columbus, Ga.; Mackenzie Hughes, Canada; Harris English, Sea Island, Ga.

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Francesco Molinari, Italy; Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Shane Lowry, Ireland

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Matt Fitzpatrick, England; Tyrrell Hatton, England; Viktor Hovland, Norway

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Martin Kaymer, Germany; Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Tony Finau, Salt Lake City, Utah; Abraham Ancer, Mexico; Daniel Berger, Jupiter, Fla.

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Si Woo Kim, Republic of Korea; Kevin Na, Las Vegas, Nev.; Bernd Wiesberger, Austria

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Jimmy Walker, San Antonio, Texas; Ian Poulter, England; Ryan Palmer, Colleyville, Texas

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – J.T. Poston, Sea Island, Ga.; Adam Hadwin, Canada; (a) Joe Long, England

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Luis Fernando Barco, Peru; Dylan Meyer, Evansville, Ind.; (a) Matthew Sharpstene, Charlotte, N.C.

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Mario Carmona, Mexico; Wilson Furr, Jackson, Miss.; Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn.

Thursday (June 17), Hole #10 / Friday (June 18), Hole #1

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Andy Pope, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Brad Kennedy, Australia; Thomas Aiken, South Africa

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Yosuke Asaji, Japan; Marcus Armitage, England; Jhonattan Vegas, Venezuela

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Cameron Young, Jupiter, Fla.; Wilco Nienaber, South Africa; Guido Migliozzi, Italy

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Brian Harman, Sea Island, Ga.; Tommy Fleetwood, England; Matthew Wolff, Agoura Hills, Calif.

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Collin Morikawa, La Canada, Calif.; Justin Thomas, Louisville, Ky.; Brooks Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Kevin Kisner, Aiken, S.C.; Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Matt Kuchar, Sea Island, Ga.

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Max Homa, Valencia, Calif.; Xander Schauffele, San Diego, Calif.; Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Jason Kokrak, Hudson, Ohio; Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif.; Corey Conners, Canada

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Paul Barjon, France; Sam Ryder, Atlantic Beach, Fla.; Ryo Ishikawa, Japan

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Dylan Frittelli, South Africa; Martin Laird, Scotland; K.H. Lee, Republic of Korea

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain; Adrian Meronk, Poland; Sung Kang, Republic of Korea

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C.; (a) Andrew Kozan, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Alvaro Ortiz, Mexico

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – James Hervol, Hopkinton, Mass.; Hayden Springer, Trophy Club, Texas; Roy Cootes, Rolling Hills, Calif.

Thursday (June 17), Hole #1 / Friday (June 18), Hole #10

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Zach Zaback, Farmington, Conn.; Steve Allan, Australia; Eric Cole, Delray Beach, Fla.

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Hayden Buckley, Tupelo, Miss.; Taylor Montgomery, Las Vegas, Nev.; Jordan Smith, England

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Chez Reavie, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Richard Bland, England; Troy Merritt, Meridian, Idaho

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Robert MacIntyre, Scotland; Victor Perez, France; Matt Wallace, England

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Tyler Strafaci, Davie, Fla.; Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Adam Scott, Australia; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Dustin Johnson, North Palm Beach, Fla.; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Justin Rose, England

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Matt Jones, Australia; Brendan Steele, Idyllwild, Calif.; Cameron Smith, Australia

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Carlos Ortiz, Mexico; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Lanto Griffin, Blacksburg, Va.

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Sam Burns, Shreveport, La.; Chan Kim, Gilbert, Ariz.; Thomas Detry, Belgium

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – (a) Ollie Osborne, Reno, Nev.; Peter Malnati, Knoxville, Tenn.; Brian Stuard, Jackson, Mich.

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – John Huh, Dallas, Texas; Johannes Veerman, Houston, Texas; Zack Sucher, Birmingham, Ala.

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Rick Lamb, Nashville, Tenn.; Michael Johnson, Birmingham, Ala.; Carson Schaake, Omaha, Neb.

Thursday (June 17), Hole #10 / Friday (June 18), Hole #1

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – David Coupland, England; Taylor Pendrith, Canada; Wade Ormsby, Australia

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Tom Hoge, Fargo, N.D.; Bo Hoag, Columbus, Ohio; (a) Joe Highsmith, Lakewood, Wash.

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Erik van Rooyen, South Africa; Christiaan Bezuidenhout, South Africa; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Garrick Higgo, South Africa; (a) Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas; Joaquin Niemann, Chile

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Lee Westwood, England; Stewart Cink, Atlanta, Ga.; Paul Casey, England

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Will Zalatoris, Dallas, Texas; Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas; Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Marc Leishman, Australia; Jon Rahm, Spain; Patrick Reed, The Woodlands, Texas

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Patrick Cantlay, Jupiter, Fla.; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Sungjae Im, Republic of Korea

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Kevin Streelman, Wheaton, Ill.; Branden Grace, South Africa; Charley Hoffman, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Sebastian Munoz, Colombia; Rikuya Hoshino, Japan; Brendon Todd, Athens, Ga.

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Wyndham Clark, Denver, Colo.; (a) Matthias Schmid, Germany; Matthew Southgate, England

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – (a) Spencer Ralston, Gainesville, Ga.; Dylan Wu, Medford, Ore.; Justin Suh, Las Vegas, Nev.

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Luis Gagne, Costa Rica; Kyle Westmoreland, Daniel Island, S.C.; Christopher Crawford, Bensalem, Pa.

(a): amateur

2021 U.S. Open Championship – Par & Yardage
Torrey Pines Golf Course’s South Course will be set up at 7,652 yards and will play to a par of 35-36—71. The yardage for each round of the championship will vary due to course setup and conditions.

Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) Hole By Hole    
Hole123456789Total
Par44344443535
Yardage4463871954864525154601736093,723
           
Hole101112131415161718Total
Par43454434536
Yardage449222501612434480/2234405683,929
      513    

About the U.S. Open
The U.S. Open is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. Since 1895, the world’s top players have been identified in the most challenging major played on America’s greatest courses. Open to all, the U.S. Open annually provides thousands of golfers of all backgrounds the opportunity to qualify through a rigorous two-stage process. Ultimately From Many, One will triumph and be crowned champion. Past champions of the U.S. Open include Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and Brooks Koepka.

In September 2020, Bryson DeChambeau shot a final-round 67 at Winged Foot Golf Club to capture the championship’s 120th edition.

Generating upwards of $165 million in revenue annually, the U.S. Open drives nearly 75 percent of the USGA’s revenue and directly impacts the work we do to support millions of golfers who enjoy the game.

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Tuesday, June 8

Guest Column: 'Which Is the Greatest Major?'

By Keith McLaren

Keith McLaren is a 59-year-old fanatical golfer living in St Andrews. He writes about golf at The Kilted Caddie.

THIS IS THE BIG QUESTION in golf of course and one likely to elicit many interesting responses.

Keith McLaren
The choice is between The Open (British obviously!) and the Masters. And at heart it's a tricky one given the monumental stature of both tournaments in the world of golf. They are both colossal but very different. The Open is mainly played over the old-style links course, while the Masters is only ever played at the incredible Augusta National in Georgia, USA.

So it's a bit of a choice of rough or smooth, old versus new, tweedy traditional taking on the silky modern, the Dad's Army of antiquary up against the vanguard of the American dream. And so I suppose at the final call it's what rocks your boat.

For me it's a no brainer though. That green jacket does it, I'm afraid. The green jacket ceremony and all. And you get to keep it! It's actually tasteful, too. None of your usual garish or dull golfing gear. It's a lovely green. And I expect it's worth a good few bucks as well.

But it's all the rest of the ceremony that is the Masters that I kind of love. You know, the black-tie dinners, the old timers driving-off, the family thing, the nine-hole comp, the pitch-perfect azaleas and all that palatial Macy's window sill stuff. It's a golfers dreamland. I mean Sandy Lyle has been pitching up and playing some very fine golf for the last hundred years. It's quite amazing, to be honest.

Even the journalists are put up five-star style and are treated to bisquit de boeuf, steak tartare, pimento cheese and Crozes Hermitage all week. Not that bad a gig.

However, I don't think I'll ever get there, unfortunately. In any capacity.

I'm far too much of a hacker for one. And as a possible hack? Hmm.

Odds on I'd end up in the caddy shack.

More about Keith McLaren:

"Played on Old twice yesterday!" he told me recently in an email.

"I went to University here in 1980 to 1984, played on the golf team and played at Economics. I have had an eclectic career path to say the least. Finance, school teaching, ski teaching, golf teaching, golf tour operator, kind of writer, ski tour business, insurance, wine sales, florist, cafe and restaurant owner.

"I was pretty bad at most things.

"I am now attempting a standup comic career before I retire!

"Seriously."

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Monday, June 7

Yuka Saso Wins U.S. Women's Open in a Playoff After Lexi Thompson Falters

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By USGA

THE OLYMPIC CLUB STRUCK AGAIN.

Just as in the five U.S. Opens contested on the club's Lake Course, the first U.S. Women's Open Championship played over this iconic Bay Area layout wasn't kind to the favored final-round frontrunner.

Olympic's list of past victims includes Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Jim Furyk and Payne Stewart. Lexi Thompson can now be added to the remarkable list of players who have come up short in championship bids here.

Thompson, the 54-hole leader, was five strokes ahead of her closest pursuers on a beautiful early June Sunday with 10 holes remaining, only to play the final eight in 5 over par, including consecutive bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18 that left the 26-year-old Floridian with a final-round 75, one agonizing stroke shy of the playoff between Yuka Saso and Nasa Hataoka  at 4-under 280.

It took three holes to decide the outcome.

Saso converted a 12-foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death playoff hole (No. 9) after both players made back-to-back pars in the two-hole aggregate playoff.

At 19 years, 11 months, 17 days old, Saso joined World Golf Hall of Fame member and seven-time major winner Inbee Park as the youngest champion in U.S. Women's Open history – to the day. She also becomes the first player from the Philippines to engrave her name on the Harton S. Semple Trophy. Princess Mary Superal (2014 U.S. Girls' Junior) is the only other player from the Philippines to claim a USGA title.

"I don't know what's happening in the Philippines right now, but I'm just thankful that there's so many people in the Philippines cheering for me," said Saso, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour of Japan. "I don't know how to thank them. They gave me so much energy. I want to say thank you to everyone."

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Wednesday, June 2

2021 U.S. Women's Open LIve Broadcast and Streaming Coverage

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By USGA

The 76th U.S. Women's Open will receive nearly 25 hours of live coverage across NBC, Golf Channel and Peacock from Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, June 6 from The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. (See schedule below.)

NBC Sports will also provide coverage of morning and afternoon featured groups streaming live on Peacock, usga.org and the U.S. Women's Open mobile app, and via DirecTV for 30 hours of additional digital coverage in 2021.

Led by Beth Hutter, who will be the first woman to produce a U.S. Women's Open Championship, the network's coverage of the championship will include play-by-play host Rich Lerner with analyst Morgan Pressel, who won the 2005 U.S. Women's Amateur and finished tied for second in the 2005 U.S. Women's Open; play–by-play host Grant Boone with analyst Paige Mackenzie; Tom Abbott in the tower; Karen Stupples, Jerry Foltz and Kay Cockerill, who is a two-time U.S. Women's Amateur champion (1986-87) and a member of The Olympic Club, as on-course reporters; and Amy Rogers providing interviews.

Beginning Wednesday, June 2, NBC Sports will surround the tournament with 13.5 hours of live on-site studio coverage on GOLF Central Live From the U.S. Women’s Open on Golf Channel. Cara Banks hosts the week’s coverage alongside Brandel Chamblee, Stupples, Mackenzie, and Kira K. Dixon.

A full programming schedule can be found here.

Date/Day                    Time (EDT)                  Channel              
June 3/Thursday         5-7 p.m.                      Peacock
                                    7-11 p.m.                    Golf Channel
June 4/Friday              5-7 p.m.                      Peacock 
                                    7-11 p.m.                    Golf Channel
June 5/Saturday         2-5 p.m.                      NBC
                                    5-10 p.m.                    Golf Channel
June 6/Sunday             1-3 p.m.                      Peacock
                                    3-7 p.m.                      NBC
*All Times EDT
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