Jun 09, 2015 | 08:36 am

Who's In/Who's Out

Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open is now complete and among those who’ve played their way to Chambers Bay next week are a pair of two-time champions, 50-year-old Lee Janzen, who was medalist at the New York site, and Retief Goosen, who clinched the last of eight spots in Memphis. Former world number one Luke Donald shared the medalist honors in Florida and Billy Hurley III was co-medalist in Maryland. In Georgie, where only three spots were available, Roberto Castro took the last of them, edging his brother Franco by a single stroke. Michael Putnam, whose home is less than two miles from Chambers Bay, shared medalist honors in Ohio with Arnold Palmer’s grandson Sam Saunders as Bryson DeChambeau, the newly minted NCAA Champion, took another of the 15 spots. The long list of notables who failed to make the field includes Robert Allenby, Stewart Cink, Ken Duke, Harris English, Rory Sabbatini, Kevin Streelman, David Toms, and Johnson Wagner, while Steve Stricker will miss his first U.S. Open since 2005. 

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Jun 08, 2015 | 08:52 am

New Home For The Open

Just as we’re about to start watching the U.S. Open on a new network, Fox Sports, for the first time, the network that lost America’s National Championship has picked up another major event. Beginning in 2017, NBC Sports Group—which includes NBC and Golf Channel—will broadcast the British Open, as well as the Women’s British Open, Senior Open Championship, British Amateur, and the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup when they are played in Britain. The new deal, which starts with the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, brings The Open and Women’s Open back to broadcast TV (as opposed to cable) for the first time in eight years, while marking the first time Golf Channel will have live coverage of a men’s major. It will also bring the fourth women’s major to Golf Channel, and will include live Spanish-language coverage of The Open and Women’s Open on NBC Universo. Furthermore, Golf Channel will cover Open qualifying events, produce documentaries, conduct a U.S. tour of the Claret Jug, and work with the R&A to showcase the organization’s global youth initiatives in golf.

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Jun 05, 2015 | 10:49 am

Woods Shoots 63!

As her famous unlce struggled to a 73 at The Memorial, his niece bested him by 10 shots. Posting a course-record tying 63, the 24 year old put on a ball-striking clinic at the Manulife LPGA Classic in Canada, hitting all 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Ontario. Tiger, by comparison, hit just four fairways at Muirfield Village. After missing the cut in her last five starts, C. Woods could use a good week to avoid dropping in the tour’s priority ranking with a re-shuffle just three weeks away.

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Jun 04, 2015 | 06:20 am

Tom’s Time

Ben Crenshaw’s sentimental journey around Augusta National earlier this year reminds us that we have become very familiar with an aging group of golf superstars making their final visits to major championships. There will be one more next month when Tom Watson plays in his final British Open. As reported in the International Business Times, last year at Royal Liverpool was supposed to be the swan song for the five-time Open Champion, but the R&A gave him special dispensation to play once more at the home of golf. Watson says his goal this year is to walk across the Swilcan Bridge on Sunday, which he would do with son Michael by his side as caddie. Although Watson’s recent major record isn’t good—he missed the cut at this year’s Masters, hasn’t played in the U.S. Open since 2010, and has missed the cut or not played in the PGA Championship since 2002—who can forget his incredible performance at Turnberry in 2009 when he reached a playoff and finished second? No matter when Tom Watson leaves the Open Championship stage, you can bet the cheers will be heard throughout St. Andrews—and beyond.

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