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Aug 19, 2015 | 02:22 PM

Olympian Feat

Match play is underway at the U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields Country Club south of Chicago after an 18-man playoff this morning for the 10 final match-play spots. Three inches of rain Monday and Tuesday disrupted play a bit, but the tournament is back on schedule with the round of 64 taking place today (results here). Players to watch include Irishman Paul Dunne, who received a special exemption into the tournament after his performance at The Open Championship, where he was the first amateur to share the 54-hole lead since Bobby Jones in 1927; Brooks Koepka's brother Chase; and Jacob Hicks, the son of Mike Hicks who was on Payne Stewart's bag when he won the 1999 U.S. Open. The TV schedule is below. Fox Sports 1 can be a little difficult to find on your cable system, so click on this link to get the channel number.


Aug. 19 (Wednesday) – First Round of Match Play, 3-6 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Aug. 20 (Thursday) – Second and Third Rounds, 3-6 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Aug. 21 (Friday) – Quarterfinals, 3-6 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Aug. 22 (Saturday) – Semifinals, 3-6 p.m. (Fox)
Aug. 23 (Sunday) – Championship Match, 3-6 p.m. (Fox)

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Aug 18, 2015 | 08:34 AM

The Kids Have Arrived

If ever there was a changing-of-the-guard moment in the world of competitive golf, it came last Sunday. At Whistling Straits, as Tiger Woods missed the cut (again) and the likes of 40-somethings Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, and Ernie Els never contended, the average age of the top five finishers was 29. The three highest-ranked players in the world now are Jordan Spieth (22), Rory McIlroy (26), and Jason Day (27). And as if that were not enough, while we all focused on the PGA Championship, three other major events were won by a trio of—are you ready for this—17 year-olds. Canadian sensation Brook Henderson became the third youngest winner on the LPGA Tour when she ran away with the Cambia Portland Classic by an incredible eight strokes while nearby at the Portland Golf Club, Scottsdale’s Hannah Sullivan won the biggest event in women’s amateur golf, the U.S. Women’s Amateur, taking the final match by 3 and 2 over Florida’s Sierra Brooks, yet another 17-year-old. Finally, overseas, Dominic Foos of Germany won the Challenge Tour event in Finland,  becoming the youngest ever champion on Europe’s developmental circuit. 

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Aug 17, 2015 | 10:21 AM

To Fight Another Day?

As exciting as this year’s major championships were, there was a certain monotony to them. To wit: At the Masters, Jordan Spieth was in the final group, while Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen were paired together seven groups back. At the U.S. Open, Day was in the final group with Dustin Johnson (who was four groups back at Augusta), Spieth was with Branden Grace one group back, and Oosthuizen was two back. At the Open Championship, Oosthuizen with in the last group with Day and Spieth one back. And yesterday at the PGA, Day and Spieth were in the last group with Grace one back. If that wasn't enough, we're probably going to see these great players together again, since they’ll all be competing in The Presidents Cup in seven weeks’ time, with other top names including Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, and Rickie Fowler for the U.S. team, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, and Danny Lee for the International team. Also, since Presidents Cup captains use an alternate-draw format when creating matches, don’t be surprised to see Spieth and Day walking up the fairway side-by-side again in the final match.

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Aug 14, 2015 | 11:28 AM

What Whistling Straits Was

As you’re watching the PGA Championship, you are no doubt marveling at the beautiful, rolling landscape that is Whistling Straits. But according to Herb Kohler, who had the idea of creating the golf course along Lake Michigan, that wasn’t at all what it looked like when he bought the land. “On the northern half [of the property] was a military airport,” he told us while being interviewed for HotLinks, the digital magazine from LINKS. “It was flat as a pancake, but it also had 43 waste dumps, two of which were toxic. On the southern half, still flat as a pancake, it nevertheless was considered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources a wetlands although it had no visible water. But it had aquatic plants. The underlying land was clay and it created a very shallow base that collected water that grew these plants. Also, the coastline was eroding into Lake Michigan. The Army Corps of Engineers convinced the Natural Resources people that if they didn’t let us build a golf course and preserve the embankment, their wetland was going to drain into the lake in about 15 years. We were the first people in Wisconsin with permission to touch a wetland.”

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