THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017
by Dan O’NeillDan O’NeillDan O’Neill

The late Joaquin Andujar was a 20-game winner and volatile personality for the St. Louis Cardinals in the mid-1980s. His favorite expression was “youneverknow,” always delivered in one-breath rhythm, sans space bar.

Andujar was talking about baseball, but he could have been talking about match-play golf. The one-on-one format is the oldest and purest in the game, a competitive place where gamesmanship matters, concessions get made and legends are born.

 



by Adam Schupak

The success story of the TaylorMade Spider Tour putter should be a case study on the curriculum at Harvard Business School this fall. How did a putter, give or take a few minor modifications and a paint job, that has been around for nearly 10 years suddenly become one of the hottest products in golf?

 


Long on skepticism 

Color me one of the guys who doesn't fall into the trap of "new clubs equal better scores." (“Go deep [into pockets, too] with these drivers,” Aug. 16, http://bit.ly/2uIsMNQ.)

Every year, it's the same thing from the manufacturers: "Longer, more forgiving, more accurate than last year's models."

 


Added: To the European team for this week’s Solheim Cup matches, Scotland’s Catriona Matthew. She replaces Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, who cited a slipped disk as the reason for withdrawing Wednesday. Matthew will be the oldest player in European Solheim Cup history, at 47 years, 11 months and 22 days, when play begins Friday at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. U.S. captain Juli Inkster was the oldest player in Solheim Cup history, at 51 years, 2 months and 30 days in 2011.

 



Keeping score

63

Seeding of Billy Walthouse, who upset No. 2-seeded Norman Xiong, 2 up, on Wednesday in the Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. (scores: http://bit.ly/2wWNUN6). Walthouse, a recent Rhode Island alumnus from Longmeadow, Mass., is No. 373 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Xiong, an Oregon sophomore from San Diego, won the recent Western Amateur and is No. 9 in the WAGR. In a potential preview of next month’s Walker Cup matches, Scotland’s Connor Syme ousted American Maverick McNealy, 2 and 1. McNealy, who was seeded 17th and is No. 2 in the WAGR, won the Haskins (2015), McCormack Medal (2016) and Hogan (2017) awards while at Stanford. Fourteen of the top 20 seeds lost in the opening round. 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

The Phoenician Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., will undergo a redesign and rerouting scheduled to begin in January, the club announced. Architect Phil Smith will oversee the project, which is expected to take 10 months and transform the club from 27 holes to an 18-hole facility, according to Troon, which manages the club.

 

David and Hugh Foley of Royal Dublin Golf Club won the 28th annual World Invitational Father and Son Tournament on Sunday at Waterville Golf Links in Ireland. The three-day tournament, hosted by tour operator Carr Golf, featured 94 teams from 12 countries.David and Hugh Foley of Royal Dublin Golf Club won the 28th annual World Invitational Father and Son Tournament on Sunday at Waterville Golf Links in Ireland. The three-day tournament, hosted by tour operator Carr Golf, featured 94 teams from 12 countries.

 

CALENDAR
August 14-20
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
August 17-20
European Tour: Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Golf Resort Bad Griesbach (Germany)
Web.com Tour: News Sentinel Open
Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.
PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship
Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.
European Tour: Fiji International
Natadola (Fiji) Bay GC
August 18-20
Champions Tour: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.
LPGA: Solheim Cup
Des Moines CC, West Des Moines, Iowa
August 24-27
PGA Tour: The Northern Trust
Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, N.Y.
Web.com Tour: WinCo Foods Portland Open
Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Ore.
European Tour: Made in Denmark
Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort, Farso, Denmark
LPGA: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Ottawa Hunt and GC, Ottawa, Ontario
August 25-27
Champions Tour: Boeing Classic
The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash.
August 26-31
Men’s amateur: U.S. Senior Amateur
The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis

      
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