THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
by Mike Purkey

Questions born of watching way too much golf:

David Duval said on television that we should not expect a threesome of the best players in the world to complete a round of golf in less than five hours at the U.S. Open? Does that bother you?

If you could buy stock in Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth or Rickie Fowler, whom would you choose?

 



by John Gordon

If you bought your latest driver solely because of what you read in a golf magazine or online, then there are about as many brains in its head as there are in yours.

Would you buy a new car without a test drive? Would you purchase it simply after reading the manufacturer’s brochure? 

Knowledgeable consumers know that advertiser pressure does in some cases influence product reviews. Similarly, many online reviews are glowing because the poster received the equipment gratis. Some so-called “equipment reviews” are little more than cut-and-paste jobs from the manufacturers’ promotional materials.

 


Suggested new seating chart for Fox

With all the positive, neutral and negative comments about the U.S. Open TV coverage, everyone's somehow forgotten to mention the best voice that was in the tower: Brad Faxon.

Here's an extremely accomplished PGA Tour winner, with arguably more knowledge of the game than any of the other broadcasters. His well-rounded commentary was not only descriptive and explanatory, it was punctuated by anecdotes and witticisms that he has cultivated over his seasoned career. He also exhibits a propensity to convey his thoughts in a polished and peaceful way that's easy on the ears, a trait not shared by his co-broadcasters.

 



Keeping score

9

Number of players entered in this week’s Champions Tour event, the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison, Wis., who are past champions of the Badger State’s longtime former PGA Tour stop, the Greater Milwaukee Open. Mark Brooks (1991), Carlos Franco (1999, 2004), Jay Haas (1981), Scott Hoch (1995, 1997), Billy Mayfair (1993), Corey Pavin (1986, 2006), Kenny Perry (2003), Loren Roberts (1996, 2000) and Jeff Sluman (1998, 2002) won the GMO, which was played from 1968 to 2009.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Medinah (Ill.) Country Club reintroduced its No. 2 Course after a yearlong restoration. The Chicago-area course, a 1925 Tom Bendelow design, was updated by architect Rees Jones to focus on the original shapes of the green complexes and bunkers, as determined by 1938 aerial photographs.

 

Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, W.Va., has added two sports programs this summer. Foot golf and night golf will add to the family activities at Oglebay Resort, a Billy Casper Golf-managed facility.

 

CALENDAR
June 18-22
Junior: Western Junior
Park Ridge (Ill.) CC
June 19-24
Men’s amateur: British Amateur
Royal St. George’s GC, Sandwich, England
June 21-24
Men’s amateur: Northeast Amateur
Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, R.I.
June 22-25
Web.com Tour: Lincoln Land Charity Championship
Panther Creek CC, Springfield, Ill.
PGA Tour: Travelers Championship
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.
European Tour: BMW International Open
Munich (Germany) Golf Club
June 23-25
Symetra Tour: Island Resort Championship
Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Mich.
LPGA: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Ark.
Champions Tour: American Family Insurance Championship
University Ridge GC, Madison, Wis.
June 25-30
Men’s amateur: North & South Amateur
Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort
June 27 - July 1
Men’s amateur: Dogwood Invitational
Druid Hills GC, Atlanta
Men’s amateur: European Amateur
Walton Heath GC, Walton-on-the-Hill, England
June 29 - July 2
PGA Tour: Quicken Loans National
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Md.
LPGA: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Olympia Fields (Ill.) CC (North Course)
European Tour: HNA French Open
Le Golf National, Paris
Champions Tour: U.S. Senior Open
Salem CC, Peabody, Mass.
Web.com Tour: Nashville Golf Open,
Nashville (Tenn.) Golf & Athletic Club
June 30 - July 2
Symetra Tour: Tullymore Classic
Tullymore GC, Stanwood, Mich.

      
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