Following The Open down the Stretch via Twitter

By | July 22, 2018

The golf down the stretch at The Open was some of the most dramatic we’ve seen in a long time. With the leaders moving to the back-9 it looked like nearly a dozen players had a chance at the title. But the course and the pressure proved to be too much for most. Ultimately it was Francesco Molinari who stared down Carnoustie, performed brilliantly, and took home the championship to become Italy’s first major winner.

Let’s look back on how the last few holes played out via Twitter:

 

Say Goodbye to Green-reading Books

By | July 19, 2018

USGA, R&A have agreed to severely restrict green-reading books | by Geoff Shackelford for GolfWeek.com

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the move will effectively render the books impractical to players who have increasingly leaned on them for reading putts. Three golf industry rules experts confirmed the plan to Golfweek. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the move.

I understand the arguments against these books. Pushing back against players being able to buy detailed maps of the greens on a weekly basis without having to do their own homework makes a degree of sense.

Mr. Shackelford brings up an important point at the end of his piece:

The action regarding the books also gives the USGA and R&A an opportunity to make a joint effort at protecting skill without impacting everyday amateur golf while they also examine the role of technology in driving distance increases.

This could easily be just the first shot at stripping as much technology away from the game as possible. How they balance that desire with the casual golfer will be very complicated from here. Very few of us were going out and buying detailed putting notebooks. Most of us love our premium golf balls, drivers, game-improvement irons and digital gadgets. Good luck getting those back without a fight.

Changes at Oakland Hills and Carner Goes Home

By | July 14, 2018

Oakland Hills to undergo renovation, close for 2 years | by Kevin Casey for GolfWeek.com

The layout, a Donald Ross design dubbed “The Monster” by Ben Hogan after his 1951 U.S. Open win, was not on the schedule for any future majors.

I’ve had the absolute honor of playing Oakland Hills a few times back in the day. Ben Hogan was absolutely right. I’d expect to hear about a major coming back to the Detroit area once work is completed. Great news.


JoAnne Carner, 79, impresses despite missed cut in Illinois | by GolfWeek Staff for GolfWeek.com

She ran out of steam, though, on the final nine and finished off with a second-round 83. At 16 over, she will miss the cut. Still, her performance was a joy to watch.

Even with Beth Ann Nichols doing a great job of covering Carner’s play via Twitter it remains very disappointing that Fox Sports chose to not cover the first two rounds of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Golf needs a vibrant history and we missed seeing some great living examples of that history in action over the last two days. I’d expect plenty of highlight packages from Fox on Saturday and Sunday, but, with such a limited broadcast schedule even then, too little attention is being given to such a significant event. A real shame.