McVeigh and The US Open

By Rich LernerJune 12, 2001, 4:00 pm
Monday of this week, the federal government put to death the man responsible for the worst terrorist act in U.S. history.
Timothy McVeigh was executed. It brought to an end for many'though some may always have unanswered questions'to a terrible six-year period.
This week, with a major golf championship at hand, the state of Oklahoma in a way begins anew.
The governor of Oklahoma, Frank Keating, has been a member of Southern Hills since the late 1950s.
His father was President of Southern Hills in 1960. Franks grandfather was an early mover and shaker at Oakmont in Western Pennsylvania. Franks father came to Oklahoma and found success as an oilman. Frank was a young boy here when Tommy Bolt won the 1958 U.S. Open at Southern Hills. He jokes that his father didnt want him to become a country club bum. He said worry not, hed become a bum in some other way. And in this case, bum is taken to mean he who loves what he does without regard to remuneration. Keating loved law, law enforcement and politics.
He became governor. And then when his beloved state became ground zero for homegrown terror, people got to know Frank Keating. They liked the plain speaking, confidant manner in which he presided over the aftermath. The governor told me that what remains with him to this day is not so much the savagery of the act but the way in which the citizens stitched together without regard to race, creed, color or class distinction.
Keatings hope this week is that visitors and viewers will replace the terrible image of Oklahoma that was seared into all of our minds with something else. Maybe the beauty of a golf course, not the charred remains of a building. Or the friendliness of the people, not the inexplicable hatred of one man.
Keating describes the people of his state as flinty and independent minded; naturally faithful. And thats remarkable considering how nature and man have dealt them such cruel blows. Oklahoma was the last state populated by a land run. People literally ran here or galloped here and staked their claim to what they thought would be the good life. But drought and depression brought about devastating poverty and hardship.
Steve Owens won the 1969 Heisman Trophy as a running back under Chuck Fairbanks at Oklahoma. Today hes a businessman and member of Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmund, Oklahoma with Scott Verplank, Bob Tway and the Edwards boys. Hes one of nine children, a product of the Dust Bowl. His dad crossed into Arizona for work for a dollar a day, was called an Okie, which was a stigma. Owens has seen it all. The Grapes of Wrath childhood, the Oklahoma City bomb blast in which he lost five people he personally knew, the killer tornadoes, the plane crash which took the lives of some members of the Oklahoma State basketball team. Owens says Oklahomans are tough and resilient. Theyve had to be. But theyre not hardened. In fact, theyre quite easy to get along with.
Keating relayed to me a line from Rogers and Hammersteins Oklahoma which he feels best describes the attitude of the people he governs. It goes, I dont say Im better than anyone else. But Ill be damned if Im not just as good.
From all of us who call ourselves fans of this great game, as well as fans of this great country that just six years ago was irrevocably scarred, heres to a United States Open as good as weve ever had.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm