John Mallinger, who missed the cut by a stroke with rounds of 75-74, was working on his putting adjacent the Muirfield Village clubhouse Saturday afternoon. He’d already scouted out the two Open qualifiers (Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes) and was trying to stay sharp for Monday.
“Brookside is a good old classic club,” Mallinger said. “The Lakes is OK.”
Some pros are lamenting the loss of Scioto Country Club from the qualifier’s rotation. The Donald Ross gem recently underwent a Jack Nicklaus makeover and “Shag Bag” slipped across town earlier this week for a peek.
Club officials are doggedly trying to land a major event, with a PGA Championship atop the wish list. 2014 is the next open date for a PGA, but club officials would like to host the 2016 event to coincide with the club’s 100-year anniversary.