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Jul 07, 2016 | 09:37 am

Play Starts for the Women at CordeValle

The US Women’s Open begins today at CordeValle, a Robert Trent Jones II design in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is the first Women’s Open to be held in the Bay Area of California. Ben Kimball, the Director of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship, has tried to maintain the balance of challenge typical of a USGA Championship, with the challenges presented by a dry California course. The greens should be running 12-12.5 on the Stimpmeter, and the rough heights have been varied across the course. “They can miss it two feet over the green on one hole and be in five inches in the rough and miss it two feet over the green on the next hole and only be in two inch rough,” said Kimball in an interview with LPGA.com. “As a player, mentally it would be difficult to figure out. But that’s part of all this. It’s a mental test as much as it is a physical test.”

Coverage begins today at 3PM EST on Fox Sports 1.

 

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Jul 06, 2016 | 08:30 am

Scottish Breakfast

The best two weeks of armchair links golf gets underway tomorrow with the start of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, especially for those of us dying to get across the pond for some links golf only to find another summer coming and going without the opportunity. The next best thing is waking up to a virtual vacation, first at Castle Stuart in the Scottish Highlands and then at Royal Troon southwest of Glasgow on the Firth of Clyde. With the addition of Patrick Reed, J.B. Holmes, and Steve Stricker after the cancellation of the Greenbrier Classic this week, the Scottish Open will have even more of the world's attention. The last time Castle Stuart hosted the event in 2013, Phil Mickelson won and used it as a springboard to capture The Open Championship at Muirfield in dramatic fashion. Next week, NBC and Golf Channel televise its first Open Championship and Golf Channel is televising its first major with close to 50 hours of play, including the final round in its entirety.

Scottish Open TV Times:

Thursday/Friday 5:30 AM-1:30 PM, Golf Channel

Saturday/Sunday 9:30 AM-Noon, Golf Channel/Noon-2:30 PM, NBC

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Jul 05, 2016 | 08:38 am

Riophobia

With one week to go before the final field is set, the list of Olympic withdrawals continues, with the latest, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, making it an even dozen of the game’s top players saying no to Rio. Curiously, Riophobia seems to strike the citizens of certain nations more virulently than others, notably members of the British Commonwealth, with Australia and South Africa each showing three sufferers, along with the early Fijian victim, Vijay Singh. The Irish (McIlroy, McDowell, Lowery) also seem strangely vulnerable to the condition. But there’s no hint of Brexit as Englishmen Danny Willett and Justin Rose stand with Europeans Garcia, Stenson, Molinari, Kaymer, Dubuisson, et al, ready to board the plane to Brazil, along with Americans Johnson, Spieth, Watson, and Fowler. The current field of 60 qualifiers, which shouldn’t change much this week, with the Greenbrier Classic cancelled because of floods, can be found at http://www.igfgolf.org/olympic-games/qualification-system/ogr-men/

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Jul 04, 2016 | 06:32 am

Royal Troon Admits Women

You could say that they cut it a little close, but at least they did the right thing in the end. Royal Troon, preparing to hold the Open Championship for the ninth time next week, has voted—overwhelmingly, according to reports—to accept female members. That means the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, or Muirfield, is the only club with a course in the Open rota currently opposed to admitting women, and supposedly the club is planning another vote after a policy change just barely missed getting the necessary two-thirds majority a few weeks ago. Martin Cheyne, captain of Royal Troon, said, “We have said a number of times that it is important for golf clubs to reflect the society in which we exist and the modern world that looks to us. It is the right decision for the club today and for generations of golfers that will follow.” To no surprise, the R&A was pleased with the club’s decision, saying “we can now look forward to many more great championships at Royal Troon in years to come.” And no embarrassing questions this year.

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