Jun 10, 2015 | 09:33 am

In His Own Words

Not many people have the talent or the time to write their own riveting obituary, but that's just what golf-writing and broadcasting legend John Derr (left in photo) did a few weeks before his death on Saturday at age 97. His local Southern Pines, N.C., paper, The Pilot, published it yesterday, preceded by an editor's note that said, "In true journalist fashion, John Derr didn’t leave the writing of his obituary to others. We reprint here his self-written obituary, with the only the date of death filled in by us." Derr started his obit with, "John Derr, 97, veteran golf reporter, died June 6, 2015. Beginning in 1935, Derr reported 62 Masters tournaments from Augusta, including the first CBS telecast in 1956, observing play from the tower behind the 15th green." He ended it with, "John Derr loved life as a reporter. He considered that as one of life's most valuable professions. 'A reporter can no longer be a fan,' he used to say, "but you can be the eyes of those who are not present. They depend on you to tell them what's happening … do it well.' He did." Yes, he did.

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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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