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Ron Sirak - July 2, 2012

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The Irish Open at Royal Portrush, despite less than ideal weather, was considered to be a resounding success with sellout crowds and rave reviews. Jamie Donaldson’s winning score of -18 is what happens when a links course plays soft but when you consider all of the great things that happened last weekend in Northern Ireland, he would be very surprised if the R&A did not eventually award an Open Championship to Royal Portrush.

Joe Daley won the Senior Players Championship and is now known for something other  than having a putt pop out of the hole in Q-School. He does not have any status on the Champions Tour and the fact that he was able to hold off names like Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia, and Fred Couples makes Daley’s story that much greater. It is people like Daley who have incredible back stories that help to make golf the compelling game that it is.

Tropical Storm Debby dropped almost a foot of rain on TPC Sawgrass but officials say that the course will be reopened for play on July 7th. Pictures showed the island green at 17 had turned into a literal island thanks to the rain but the rains have subsided and golf should resume on schedule at the Stadium Course.

The U.S. Women’s Open returns to Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin where Se Ri Pak began a movement among South Korean golfers by winning in 1998. While there has not been one dominant South Korean player since Pak, South Koreans have won three of the last four U.S. Women’s Opens and if you want to pick a South Korean favorite, Sirak would recommend Na Yeon Choi who is an incredibly talented player and is playing very well right now. She is a bit under the radar this week but that is not a bad thing at all for her.