FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017
by Alex Miceli

As the names of differing ages, games and nationalities climb the leaderboard Thursday at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, it becomes clear why the British Open is the most enjoyable major championship to watch.

It truly is an “open” major, in which almost everyone has a reasonable chance to win, mainly because links golf is the great equalizer. Performance during the season or leading into this week may not mean as much when play starts at a seaside links.

 



by Alex Miceli

With 27 Englishmen playing in the British Open, the law of big numbers would lean toward one of them being on the leaderboard.

Although the local boy, Tommy Fleetwood, might have been the most likely choice to contend at Royal Birkdale, Ian Poulter slipped into the conversation on the first day of the 146th Open.

 


by Steve Elling

It’s become as much a part of the immutable Colin Montgomerie charm as the harrumphing, jowly scowl that he displays when he’s not playing well.

Monty, now making a nice living working for two major TV networks when he isn’t hauling cash on the PGA Tour Champions circuit, has the unique gift of saying something with such conviction that listeners truly want to believe it.

 


It would be par for Putin 

An hour into the broadcast of the Open on Golf Channel, they showed which countries had won each of the majors, and Russia was listed as having won each one. Did the Russians hack Golf Channel, too?



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Number of career victories among the three co-leaders in the first round of the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship. Zac Blair, Martin Flores and Cameron Tringale shot 6-under 65s Thursday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National’s Lake Course. The first round, which was suspended for 1 hour and 48 minutes because of weather, will resume early Friday.

 



FROM THE INDUSTRY

Nippon Shaft congratulated the winners of the recent John Deere Classic and U.S. Women’s Open for their first victories on the PGA and LPGA tours, respectively. Both champions used Nippon shafts in their irons and wedges.

 

Hunt Valley Country Club in Phoenix, Md., has opened an innovative, three-in-one golf course designed to appeal to a variety of interests. The Ridge 9 features nine holes of traditional golf plus 18 holes of two other golf-themed games: disc golf and footgolf. The changes, plus upgrades to The Valley 18-hole course, are part of a $2.5 million renovation at Hunt Valley, which is operated by Arcis Golf.

 

CALENDAR
July 17-22
Juniors: U.S. Junior Amateur
Flint Hills National GC, Andover, Kan.
July 18-21
Men’s amateur: Pacific Coast Amateur
Chambers Bay GC, University Place, Wash.
Juniors: PGA Girls Junior
CC of St. Albans (Mo.)
July 19-21
Men’s amateur: Northern Amateur
Sand Creek CC, Chesterton, Ind.
July 19-22
Men’s amateur: Southern Amateur
CC of North Carolina, Pinehurst, N.C.
Men’s amateur: Porter Cup Invitational
Niagara Falls CC, Lewiston, N.Y.
July 20-23
PGA Tour: British Open
Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, England
Web.com Tour: Pinnacle Bank Championship
The Club at Indian Creek, Omaha, Neb.
Symetra Tour: Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic
Brook Lea CC, Rochester, N.Y.
PGA Tour: Barbasol Championship
RTJ Trail (Grand National), Opelika, Ala.
LPGA: Marathon Classic
Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, Ohio
July 24-29
Juniors: U.S. Girls’ Junior
Boone Valley GC, Augusta, Mo.
July 25-30
Men’s amateur: W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational
Bayou DeSiard CC, Monroe, La.
July 26-28
Men’s amateur: Francis Ouimet Memorial
The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.
July 27-30
PGA Tour: RBC Canadian Open
Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario
Men’s amateur: Midwest Cup
Eagle Creek GC, Willmar, Minn.
European Tour: Porsche European Open
Green Eagle GC, Hamburg, Germany
Web.com Tour: Digital Ally Open
Nicklaus GC at LionsGate, Overland Park, Kan.
LPGA: Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open
Dundonald Links, Troon, Scotland
Champions Tour: Senior British Open
Royal Porthcawl, Bridgend, Wales
July 28-30
Symetra Tour: FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship
Battle Creek (Mich.) CC

      
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