Attention K Club Shoppers
The relevance here is that theres this coffee table golf book that you might want to consider. Personally, I love coffee table golf books. Lots of great pictures accompanied, often, by lots of wonderful words.
But this one: Where Golf is Great, The Finest Courses of Scotland and Ireland by James W. Finegan is the mother of all coffee table golf books. In fact, you better have the mother of all coffee tables to prop up this colorful work. It weighs in at nine pounds. I measured it.
Which is not to say it is a heavy read in any offputting kind of way. Finegan, a two-handicapper who lives near Philadelphia, has previously written five books on golf and you will see his byline in multifarious golf magazines.
The cover of this latest tome is a tipoff. It is a sweeping view of the ninth hole at Northern Irelands Royal County Down, which is only the most breathtaking panorama, in my opinion, in all of golf.
I remember with clarity the first time I saw it. My playing partners had all been to RCD before and when we got to the crest that reveals the view, they and the caddies all stayed behind and let me go first.
Something like Youve got to be kidding me, were the first words out of my mouth as I gazed down at the Mourne mountains, Dundrum Bay, the village of Newcastle and, yes, the ninth green.
It was all good. Photography in this book was accomplished by Laurence Lambrecht and Tim Thompson. I have played golf with Larry Lambrecht. He knows his way around a lens and a roundabout and a links course.
Finegan here also delivers the goods on hotels, restaurants, sights and attractions in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland.
You probably have heard of Turnberry and Carnoustie and Muirfield and Portmarnock and the K Club and Ballybunion. You will also, in this book, learn more about enchanting must-play venues with names like Crail, Machrihanish, Western Gailes, Rosapenna, Connemara and Ballyliffin.
Finegan has made more than 40 visits to Ireland and Scotland since 1971. Both, he says, offer the grand game in all its glory.
This book isnt necessarily the sine qua non of coffee table golf books. But its a terrific start. But if you are strong enough to heft it, flush enough to fork over 60 U.S. dollars and lucky enough to have the time to pore over it, you might decide that it leaves the rest of its genres competition in Finegans wake.
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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole
There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.
It was Hahn's first ace on the PGA Tour.
Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship
Ernie Els is one proud uncle.
His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.
Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.
"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."
Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.
"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."
Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start
CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.
McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.
Squirrel who interrupts swings > Guy who yells "Baba Booey"— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) June 23, 2018
Every time. pic.twitter.com/IvJGTVtHTC
McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.
McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.
Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead
PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.
Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.
Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.
Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.
Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.
Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.
Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.