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> THE FORECADDIE

Phil Mickelson Callaway irons

Phil Mickelson likely to play Carnoustie without driver, and he’s pleased

> BY THE NUMBERS

Jun 14, 2018; Southampton, NY, USA; Jordan Spieth lines up a putt on the twelfth green during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Shinnecock Hills GC - Shinnecock Hills Golf C. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Spieth slowed by missed mid-range putts, spotty ballstriking (Dusek)

> AROUND THE TOURS

Jul 15, 2018; Silvis, IL, USA; PGA golfer Michael Kim acknowledges the fans on the 18th green after winning the John Deere Classic golf tournament at TPC Deere Run. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

PGA Tour: Michael Kim breaks away to score eight-shot win at John Deere Classic (Kilbridge)

U.S. Senior Women’s Open: Laura Davies rolls to 10-shot victory (Nichols)

European Tour: Brandon Stone flirts with 59, settles for Scottish Open crown (Tait)

LPGASteady Thidapa Suwannapura holds off veteran challengers for first win at Marathon Classic (Kilbridge)

PGA Tour ChampionsVijay Singh takes Senior Players in playoff for first Champions major (Kilbridge)

Web.Com: (Kilbridge)

> POWER RANKINGS

PGA Tour
20. Brian Harman
19. Tony Finau
18. Jordan Spieth
17. Paul Casey
16. Tiger Woods
15-1. Click here

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - JUNE 17: So Yeon Ryu of South Korea reacts after winning the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythefield Country Club on June 17, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

LPGA
10. Sei Young Kim
9. Jin Young Ko
8-1. Click here

Mar 15, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; Justin Rose walks off of the seventh tee box during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Club & Lodge . Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

European Tour
10. Rory McIlroy
9. Russell Knox
8-1. Click here

> LPGA PERSPECTIVE

WHEATON, IL - JULY 15: Laura Davies of England celebrates after winning the U.S. Senior Women's Open at Chicago Golf Club on July 15, 2018 in Wheaton, Illinois. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

First U.S. Senior Women’s Open a festive celebration for good of game (Nichols)

> EURO PERSPECTIVE

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Brandon Stone of South Africa takes his tee shot on hole eighteen during day four of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Course on July 15, 2018 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Struggles of Scottish golf evident ahead of British Open (Tait)

> JUNIORS

Lucy Li watches her tee shot on the 13th hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club, Friday, March 31, 2017 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Players to watch in U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Girls’ junior (Casey)

> AMATEURS

Carter Toms/LSU

After dad’s USGA victory, Carter Toms chases his own in U.S. Amateur (Romine)

> GOLF LIFE

Arnold Palmer was always in style. (AP Photo)

Yarn work – Authors share stories from the game’s greats (Kaufmann)

Blood pudding and Bloody Marys form the perfect British Open recipe (Kaufmann)

> EQUIPMENT

Patrick Reed discovers a passion for hickory golf (Shackelford)

> MEDIA

WHEATON, IL - JULY 15: Laura Davies of England plays a tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the U.S. Senior Women's Open at Chicago Golf Club on July 15, 2018 in Wheaton, Illinois. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

New championship could have benefited from a new approach (Kaufmann)

> SCOREBOARD

Full results and rankings from tours around the world

> THE 19TH HOLE

Steven Bowditch (USAToday Sports Images)

Embattled Steven Bowditch shows decency despite struggles (Lynch)

> THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

CARNOUSTIE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 01: A close-up of the claret jug trophy in front of the clubhouse prior to The Open Championship press conference held at Carnoustie Golf Club on May 1, 2007 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Carnoustie time. (Lusk)

> IMAGE CREDITS

(Cover: Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports; The Forecaddie: Steve Flynn/USA TODAY Sports; By The Numbers: Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports; Around The Tours: Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports (Kim) . ;  Petersen/Getty Images (Davies), Andrew Reddington/Getty Images (Stone); Power Rankings: Ryan Thomas/PGA Tour (Thomas & Johnson); Stacy Revere/Getty Images (Ryu); Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports (Rose); LPGA Perspective: Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Euro Perspective: Harry How/Getty Images; Juniors: Chris Carlson/Associated Press; Amateurs: LSU; Golf Life: Associated Press; Amateur: Golfweek File: Brain Game: Dave Martin/Associated Press; Media: Christian Petersen/Getty Images; The 19th Hole: USAToday Sports Images; Above: Andrew Reddington/Getty Images)

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The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open looked a lot like the U.S. Senior Open held two weeks ago. I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

Both tournaments are national championships and you want to see them paid the proper respect, even if the women only got four hours of airtime on the weekend. Sixty-seven-year-old Pat Bradley captured the importance of the tournament to the game’s legends when she said, “I’ve had this tournament on my calendar for 17 years.”

As a first-time event, the Senior Women’s Open presented a lot of unknowns for all involved – the U.S. Golf Association, Fox Sports, the players and the fans. How do you set up the course for such a varied field of players? Which players should the network focus on entering the tournament? And what is the tone of the event? We know it’s a national championship, but we also knew before the week began that many of the players would be ceremonial golfers who had missed their window to compete by 15 or 20 years.

Fox Sports anchor Shane Bacon probably got it right toward the end of Sunday’s coverage when he said, “It’s just as much a celebration for these players as it is a championship.”

I suspect that this is a championship that will only get better as players approaching senior status target it years in advance. But as a first-time event, the Senior Women’s Open probably merited different treatment than other USGA championships on Fox Sports’ schedule.

For example, as I was watching, I kept thinking about players I hadn’t seen in 10 years, if not longer. Even Laura Davies said, “Some players I hadn’t seen in 20 years.”

As I watched the four hours of coverage over the weekend, I felt as if Fox needed to reintroduce many of these players to us. That could have taken various forms: more player interviews, a few player features, even some graphics with bullet points on their careers when they were on camera.

When we saw players such as Trish Johnson, Danielle Ammaccapane and Liselotte Neumann, I kind of wanted to know what they’ve been doing since we last saw them a decade or more ago. We didn’t get anything like that.

We also didn’t need to see a feature on Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ on Saturday, and we certainly didn’t need to see it repeated on Sunday. The feature itself was well-done, but poorly timed. The features needed to tell the stories of the women competing at Chicago Golf Club. Some viewers might consider a feature on a baseball player a sign that Fox is more interested in promoting its MLB coverage than its USGA package.

But there were some bright spots. Nicole Castrale had a good weekend following the leaders for Fox Sports, though I wish she would stop using clichés such as “calm, cool and collected.”

Her familiarity and friendships with the players translated into good information for the fans.

Castrale explained that Laura Davies tees off from a tuft of turf, rather than a tee, when she is play in a left-to-right wind. She said Trish Johnson described Ariya Jutanugarn as “the modern-day Laura Davies.” And Castrale shared a funny story about Davies practicing alone on the range after a round earlier in the week. “When has that ever happened?” Davies said to her.

Castrale also had good observations on Juli Inkster’s putting, noting that Inkster had warmed up putting cross-handed, then switched to a claw grip during the round. Castrale said Inkster had told her prior to the final round that she tightens up over putts inside 10 feet, and she offered an interesting theory as to why that is.

“The thing I find interesting is when she’s on the practice putting green prior to the round, she’s real free and doesn’t use a line on her golf ball,” Castrale said. “But she gets out here and she gets very precise, needs to make sure that the line (on her ball) is set up exactly where she wants to start it. That, in itself, definitely makes her a little more tight.”

Castrale also shared this story from Inkster’s practice session: “When we were on the practice putting green, she made about six five-footers and three 15-footers in a row, and she looked at me and said, ‘Why isn’t it that easy out there?’”

The view from Scotland

  • If Brandon Stone’s decisive eagle putt on No. 16 at the Scottish Open didn’t underscore the value of the putting line, I don’t know what will. We saw the firm putting line to the hole and also the lag line. Stone’s putt perfectly tracked the lag line and died in the cup.
  • NBC has a habit of replaying a shot, from the exact same angle that we just saw it, right after we saw it. Early Sunday we saw Rickie Fowler make a long par putt from the fringe on No. 1; then we saw it again, from the same angle. Moments later we saw Aaron Rai make an eagle putt on No. 2; then we saw it again, from the same angle. In the era of DVRs, this seems like an anachronism. There might have been some value if we had seen those putts from different angles, but there was nothing to be gained replaying the exact same shot we just saw.
  • NBC used a graphic that looked like streaks of light pouring down from the heavens to illuminate a couple of greens on long shots from the tees. I’m not sure if the streaks of light were necessary, but the illumination was pretty cool.
  • I hate to keep banging on the same drum, but NBC needs to get more aggressive in its use of shot-tracing technology. The lack of tracers was especially evident as shots disappeared into the gray skies above Gullane Golf Club. Fox Sports put a big emphasis on tracers when it began covering golf in 2015, and CBS followed suit. NBC, by contrast, uses tracers sporadically. The network is going to have to accept the fact that shot-tracing isn’t new technology, it’s now standard technology. Gwk

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In the final round of the 2018 John Deere Classic, Michael Kim made his presence known as he sets the course record for largest margin of victory with his eight-stroke lead to secure his first career win on TOUR.

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WHEATON, Ill. – They circled in close around the 18th green for a front-row seat to history – Nancy Lopez, Sandra Palmer, Jane Blalock, Jane Geddes, Liselotte Neumann. It was a moment decades in the making, one that for many of the game’s legends felt deeply satisfying. Juli Inkster buttoned up her even-par round to clear the stage for Dame Laura Davies, a player known the world over for her power, flare and signature black sweater vest.

Davies two-putted for birdie on the closing par 5 to become the first name etched on a yet-to-be-named shiny U.S. Golf Association trophy awarded to the U.S. Senior Women’s Open champion.

“I was really happy about the early tee time for a kicker,” said Davies of the 9:09 a.m. start due to incoming weather. “I woke up about 3:30 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep until about quarter to 5:00, and then my alarm went off at 6:30. So it was a bit of a traumatic night, but that’s what great championship golf is all about. It tests everything. You’re playing in the heat, trying to sleep properly. Everything gets tested in these championships. That’s another good reason when you come out on top, you feel pretty pleased with yourself.”

The 54-year-old hasn’t lost much yardage since her prime, back when she carried a 1-iron. Her longest drive at firm-and-fast Chicago Golf Club clocked in at 328 yards. She mostly hit 2-iron off the par 4s. Davies led the field in putting as well as scrambling and finished second behind Helen Alfredsson in greens in regulation. Davies didn’t miss a putt from inside 5 feet all week.

It added up to a crushing performance at one of golf’s most historic and exclusive clubs. Davies thrust her putter toward the sky in celebration after her stunning 10-shot victory. It marked the World Golf Hall of Famer’s 85th title worldwide. Davies’ last victory on a major tour came at the LET’s 2010 Hero Honda Women’s Indian Open. Davies also won her debut on the Legends Tour in 2012.

Davies’ bogey-free 5-under 68 on Sunday gave her a 16-under 276 total. Inkster began the day five shots back, but sloppy bogeys on Nos. 2 and 3 from the beloved American Solheim Cup captain virtually put Davies on cruise control.

After Inkster made consecutive birdies on Nos. 8 and 9, however, Davies stepped up to the par-3 10th and hit her worst shot of the week.

“It was a horrible block out to the right,” she said, “and left a ridiculous putt, and somehow managed to two-putt it. For a second I thought I was putting it in the bunker. So that was massive – when that dropped in the top side because I misread it and I pulled it. I’ll be honest about that. It wasn’t the greatest hole I’ve ever played, but I think that to me was when I really started to think I might have one hand on the trophy and just had to get the other one in there.”

Davies won for the first time on American soil at the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open, defeating Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner in an 18-hole playoff. She has played in a whopping 589 LPGA events, making the cut 423 times and winning 20 titles. Her $9,473,223 puts her 16th on the LPGA’s all-time money list.

“She did stuff where people would say ‘What is she thinking?’ ” Sweden’s Alfredsson said. “But I think that’s the same with (Phil) Mickelson. They take those chances. Everybody becomes so conservative. It’s about winning for them. It’s not about the money.”

Even so, along with a slice of history, Davies takes home a $180,000 paycheck. She’s already looking forward to next year’s Senior Women’s Open at Pine Needles in May, even though she missed the cut twice there in previous championships. But before that there’s the Senior LPGA Championship at The Dye Course in French Lick, Ind., where Davies can nab the senior sweep.

“French Lick is a very different golf course,” Davies said. “It doesn’t suit my game necessarily, but I’ll be there battling it out with the old girls, yes, definitely.” Gwk

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GULLANE, Scotland — Brandon Stone knows how to break out of a mini slump. Just shoot 60 at Gullane Golf Club in the final round to win the $7 million Aberdeen Investments Scottish Open by four shots over England’s Eddie Pepperell.

Oh, and come close to making European Tour history in the meantime.

The 25-year-old’s third European Tour victory was special since it came on a links and in a Rolex Series event, but it could have been extra special. He had a chance to become the first player to shoot 59 on the European Tour.

The one-time Texas player began the final round three shots off the lead but stormed into contention when he reached 10-under par for the round after eagling the 16th hole. It moved him to 20-under for the tournament. He was on 59 watch.

He parred the 17th and then hit his approach shot to 8 feet on the last. He had that that distance to get into the record books. Stone missed and sank to his knees in agony.

“Obviously to walk away with 60 having missed an eight-footer was a slight disappointment, but I won’t really complain,” he said.

“It was incredible today. It was just one of those days where everything went right. I hit it spectacularly. Drove the ball really well. Managed the emotions really well too. There were moments during the round when I knew it was going to be my week. That putt on 16 was really special.

“I walked onto the 18th green. Managed to do the mathematical equation in my head and turned to my caddie (Teagan Moore) and went ‘Oh.’ He said ‘Yeah, we’ve got a shot at it.’”

Stone is the 19th player to shoot 60 in a European Tour event, and the first since Peter Uihlein at Kingsbarns in the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The Pretoria native arrived in Scotland after a poor season. He’d made just seven of 16 cuts. He was 144th on the money list with just under $173,000. His best place was T-22 in the Trophée Hassan II.

A change of putter helped get his mojo back. Stone put a blade putter in his bag, the sort of putter that had made him an amateur sensation and earned him a place at Texas as a teammate of defending British Open champion Jordan Spieth.

“From the moment I started rolling it on the putting green I knew that’s the way it needs to be in order to compete,” Stone said. “I putted spectacularly after that.

“The last few months it felt so close, it really has. It just clicked. This game has a way of kicking you down and raising you up and right now I feel on top of the world.”

Stone took home $1.16 million for the victory and the bonus prize of a spot in this week’s British Open along with Pepperell and third-place finisher Jens Dantorp of Sweden as the three players inside the top 10 not exempt for Carnoustie. Gwk

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Years ago when I worked in New York, there was a bar on 59th Street, just off First Avenue, called the British Open. That sparked an inspired suggestion by my pal Evan: We would watch the final round of the British Open at the British Open, and we’d order the traditional English breakfast – eggs, blood pudding, beans, the whole works.

Our first Open at the British Open was 1999, when we watched Jean Van de Velde’s meltdown through a Bloody Mary-infused haze, which made it all the more bizarre. We returned two years later for David Duval’s breakthrough at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

With the British Open just days away, I wanted to know how to create a traditional British breakfast as I watch the coverage in the wee hours this week. I searched for a U.S. golf resort that serves the meal, to no avail. It seems that half the golf resorts in the country will trot out a faux Scot to huff and puff on a dreadful set of bagpipes as a paean to the Old Country, but few, if any, know how to serve an honest-to-God British breakfast.

So it’s left to ex-pats such as Rebecca Roland to defend the culinary honor of Queen and country. Roland, a Nottingham native, owns The Friar Tuck, a café in Clermont, Fla., west of Orlando, and promotes the “proper full English breakfast.”

When I asked her the secret of the meal, she surprised me.

“It’s got to be the bacon,” Roland said. Brits, she said, refer to the American version as “streaky bacon” because it’s so fatty. “Ours has got more meat to it,” she said.

There are other, more subtle differences. The British sausage she serves looks like American links, but it’s not as spicy and is flavored with sage and onion. She also imports British white bread, which has less sugar than American bread.

The real litmus test for most Americans are those dark, circular patties on the plate: black pudding, also known as blood pudding or blood sausage. It’s a mishmash of pork blood, fat and oatmeal. It’s the British answer to Brussel sprouts: Some people love black pudding, others won’t touch it.

I’m not going to tell you I crave blood pudding like an invitation to Cypress Point, but I didn’t leave any on my plate at Friar Tuck. I actually find the grilled tomato to be the greater oddity – the garnish that we pick at, but never finish.

Roland considers black pudding “essential” to the meal and offers a nudge to the faint of heart.

“Americans will ask if it’s blood sausage, and just because they hear those words, they don’t even want to try it,” she said. “I encourage them to try it first. I won’t tell them what it is if they don’t know.”

There’s more room for experimentation with another essential component of the British breakfast: the Bloody Mary, which, some say, takes its name from Mary 1, Queen of England and Ireland in the 16th century.

(There’s still some debate over the source of the name.)

Fallen Oak Bloody Mary
Fallen Oak Bloody Mary

Bruce Cartwright, beverage director at Fallen Oak Golf Course in Saucier, Miss., compares the cocktail to “a Bonzai tree. You visualize the perfect Bloody Mary and just go crazy with it.” Cartwright’s opinion carries some weight given that Fallen Oak is almost as well known for its Bloody Mary as its course, which is ranked No. 1 in the state.

He recommends infusing your favorite vodka before mixing. At Fallen Oak, that includes a surfeit of seasonings – sliced Roma tomatoes, red onions, garlic cloves, peppercorns, oregano, thyme, basil and crushed red pepper – but Cartwright encourages people to experiment with some of their favorite flavors.

The same goes for the garnish and the spices along the rim of the glass. “The staple celery stalk is no more,” Cartwright said. He said you can “make meals out of Bloody Marys” with garnishes such as bacon and pickled corn, though Fallen Oak uses spicy pickled green beans and olives.

Fallen Oak splashes a “Dixie Dust” combination of nearly a dozen seasonings along the rim of the glass to spice up the drink. But like a pitch out of the fescue to a tucked pin, you just have to visualize the best option for your drink.

“It’s all imagination now,” Cartwright said. “A well-crafted Bloody Mary is one that suits your own specific tastes.” Gwk

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