1. U.S. Open at Winged Foot Postponed Due to Coronavirus Concerns — Golf.com
2. Phil Mickelson 'Working On' a Second Match Versus Tiger Woods — Golfweek
3. Brandel Chamblee Apologizes After Controversial Interview — Golf.com
4. Chip Shots: Larry David raises funds for caddies; Fire destroys the Georgia home of Davis Love III; Padraig Harrington’s video tips seemingly go awry; Auction will feature memorabilia from Nicklaus, McIlroy; Canadian pro glad her country bailed on Olympics.
1. U.S. Open at Winged Foot Postponed Due to Pandemic: The 2020 U.S. Open, scheduled for June 18-21 at Winged Foot Golf Club, has been postponed due to coronavirus concerns. USGA officials said earlier in the week that they wouldn’t make any decision on the playing of the U.S. Open until mid-April, but a source told The New York Post that the event has been bumped. Winged Foot is in Mamaroneck, New York, less than 30 miles north of New York City, a hot zone for the virus. A source told the Post that the club is “optimistic” that the U.S. Open could still be played at Winged Foot later in the summer, but other outlets have reported that Oakmont Country Club, near Pittsburgh, could also step in to play host to the event, perhaps in September. Read More . . .
2. Rematch of 2018 Tiger-Phil Exhibition Under Discussion: We’re all craving live sports as social distancing continues to postpone and cancel events and leagues. Thanks to Phil Mickelson, we might be getting close to a second edition of The Match, in which Lefty beat Tiger Woods in a one-on-one round that went into overtime back in November of 2018. On Sunday, a Twitter user reached out to both Woods and Mickelson and asked if there was “a chance” they’d play each other again with a camera on them and mics on. Mickelson responded, tweeting that he was “working on it.” Read More . . .
3. Chamblee Regrets ‘Unfortunate Choice of Words’ About Teaching Pros: Brandel Chamblee’s widely broadcast opinions on the golf swing and golf instruction have made him one of the most high-profile commentators in the game. He regularly espouses his theories on Golf Channel, through his lively Twitter feed, and has even compiled his views into a book, The Anatomy of Greatness. One of his latest takes, however, has resulted in something golf fans don’t often hear from Chamblee: an apology. In an interview with Golfweek, Chamblee argued that the propagation of flawed swing theories has been stunted by the flood of golf swings and instruction on YouTube, which essentially allows students to fact-check their teachers. Read More . . .
4. Chip Shots: Crowdfunding site started by Larry Davidraises nearly $150,000 for caddies; The coastal Georgia home ofDavis Love III was destroyed by fire last week; Padraig Harrington’s video tips apparently go awry; Auction will feature signed memorabilia from Nicklaus, McIlroy, others; Canadian LPGA star Alena Sharp glad her country helped force postponementof the 2020 Olympic Games.
David Gould is a journalist, editor and author with 30 years’ experience in categories such as golf, travel, luxury goods and corporate communications. Gould is a contract employee of NBC Sports/GOLF Channel, providing communications support for several business units there. He is also Editorial Advisor and an outside director of OpenRounds, Inc., a vendor to private golf clubs. He has served as Executive Editor of Travel + Leisure Golfmagazine and Chief Editor of LINKS Magazine. Gould has contributed 100-plus articles to leading sports publications on golf-related topics. He is the author of “Q School Confidential” (St. Martins Press, 1999) a history of PGA Tour qualifying, “The Golfers Code (Triumph Books, 2004) and “Real Golf: 120 Tips for Better Golf and Lower Scores” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002). To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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