USGA Releases 2003 Championships Schedule
Over the course of five months starting in June, USGA championships will be played in 13 states and make return stops to nine familiar courses. The schedule concludes in October with the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur and the U.S. Mid-Amateur championships in South Carolina and Delaware, respectively.
The U.S. Open, scheduled June 12-15, is the years first of 16 events and 13 national championships conducted by the USGA. Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill., will welcome the worlds best golfers, including Woods, who will be trying to defend his title and win his third U.S. Open. He also won three U.S. Junior Amateurs (1991-93) and three U.S. Amateurs (1994-96). He is one behind Bob Jones, who won nine USGA titles from 1923 through 1930.
Olympia Fields hosted the U.S. Senior Open in 1997, won by Graham Marsh, but hasnt hosted an Open since 1928, the year Johnny Farrell beat Bob Jones in a playoff.
The U.S. Senior Open will be played from June 26-29 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, the site of four previous U.S. Opens. The U.S. Womens Open will follow from July 3-6 when the championship makes a second visit to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.
Alison Nicholas of England won the first Womens Open at Pumpkin Ridge, in 1995.
Local (18 holes) and sectional (36 holes) qualifying will again be conducted to award spots for the Womens Open to non-exempt golfers. This practice was initiated in 2002.
The USGAs amateur championships spend June through August on the East Coast, with the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links starting the schedule from June 17-22 at a recently-opened venue; Ocean Hammock Golf Club in Palm Coast, Fla. Another relatively new club, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Galloway, N.J., will host the U.S. Amateur Public Links from July 14-19.
Staying in the mid-Atlantic region, the USGAs two junior champions will be held concurrently from July 21-26. The U.S. Girls Junior will be played at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn., while the U.S. Junior Amateur stops at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md.
The winners of each of the junior championships will gain an exemption into the respective amateur championships in August in Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Womens Amateur will be played from Aug. 4-10 at Philadelphia Country Club, site of three national championships, but none since 1949. The U.S. Amateur, set for Aug. 18-24, returns to the USGA-friendly venue of Oakmont Country Club, host of 12 previous USGA events, including seven Opens.
The Amateur winner will be busy, too, as he likely will be asked to join a 10-man U.S. team that will oppose a team from Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup Match, from Sept. 6-7 at Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England. The USA has an overwhelming 31-6-1 lead in the biennial series, but the European squad has won three of the last four matches.
The senior amateur events also start on Sept. 6 back in the United States. The USGA Senior Amateur, for men age 55 and older, is scheduled from Sept. 6-11 at The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Tenn. The USGA Senior Womens Amateur, for women age 50 and older, is from Sept. 6-11 at Barton Creek Resort and Club in Austin, Texas. Carol Semple Thompson, 54, of Sewickley, Pa., has won the last four Senior Womens titles.
The mid-amateur championships, for golfers age 25 and older, will be held in from Oct. 11-16. The U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur will be hosted by Long Cove Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C. The U.S. Mid-Amateur will be contested at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Del.
The top three amateurs from each state also will be selected for the USGA Womens and Mens State Team Championships, run concurrently from Sept. 16-18 in the Boston area. The womens championship will be held at Wellesley Country Club while the mens championship will be played at Charles River Country Club. The best two of the three scores will count toward the team total each of the three days.
USGA 2003 CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
U.S. Open June 12-15 Olympia Fields Country Club
Olympia Fields, Ill.
U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links June 17-22 Ocean Hammock Golf Club
Palm Coast, Fla.
U.S. Senior Open June 26-29 Inverness Club
U.S. Womens Open July 3-6 Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
North Plains, Ore.
U.S. Amateur Public Links July 14-19 Blue Heron Pines Golf Club
U.S. Girls Junior July 21-26 Brooklawn Country Club
U.S. Junior Amateur July 21-26 Columbia Country Club
Chevy Chase, Md.
U.S. Womens Amateur Aug.4-10 Philadelphia Country Club
U.S. Amateur Aug. 18-24 Oakmont Country Club
Walker Cup Match Sept. 6-7 Ganton Golf Club
North Yorkshire, England
USGA Senior Womens Amateur Sept. 6-11 Barton Creek Resort and Club
USGA Senior Amateur Sept. 6-11 The Virginia Golf Club
USGA Womens State Team Sept. 16-18 Wellesley Country Club
USGA Mens State Team Sept. 16-18 Charles River Country Club
Newton Centre, Mass.
U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur Oct. 11-16 Long Cove Golf Club
Hilton Head, S.C.
U.S. Mid-Amateur Oct. 11-16 Wilmington Country Club
Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter
Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.
His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.
Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.
No bogeys on the weekend!!— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) July 22, 2018
Is it a man or a machine???
No matter what happens
Amazing performance @F_Molinari
What a day— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) July 22, 2018
What a week
What a year
What a round by @F_Molinari. Played with him Thursday-Friday, not surprised! Guy is the hottest player on the planet currently. Bogey free out there today is a championship round— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) July 22, 2018
Viva Italia...— Gary Player (@garyplayer) July 22, 2018
How good has @F_Molinari been!!! Bogey free for the last 37 holes!— Cheyenne Woods (@Cheyenne_Woods) July 22, 2018
Wow just awesome So happy for @F_Molinari . What a fantastic player, a great person and super role model for aspiring golfers. What an achievement #championgolferoftheyear@TheOpen . So pleased for you and all the team. Enjoy the celebrations cos you deserve it— Ross Fisher (@RossFisher) July 22, 2018
Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.
Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.
Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.
“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.
“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”
Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.
Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger
Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.
His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.
We compiled some of their missives below:
Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.
Starting to wonder how many Tiggy is going to win by here........... #isheback— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 22, 2018
Tiger is leading the open pic.twitter.com/MbGnJIt1Jj— Tyrrell Hatton (@TyrrellHatton) July 22, 2018
That FW bunker shot by Tiger tho... pic.twitter.com/Fi3GY6AegO— Scott Langley (@Scott_Langley) July 22, 2018
Tiger back doing Tiger stuff.......— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 22, 2018
I love you https://t.co/JovVz2clm2— Braden Thornberry (@tberrygolf) July 22, 2018
Omg lesgo @TigerWoods— Willy Wilcox (@willwilcoxgolf) July 22, 2018
Right now, Tiger is like everyone’s ex who we’ve given way too many 2nd chances to, and he has the opportunity to rip your heart right out of your chest but we’re all ok with it because we tend to only remember the good times— max homa (@maxhoma23) July 22, 2018
Woods shares emotional embrace with his kids
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods missed a birdie putt on the last hole that would’ve vaulted him into a tie for second place at The Open. It was a difficult way to end an otherwise successful week for the 14-time major champion, who is just happy to playing majors again.
Then he walked off the 18th, saw his two children, daughter Sam and son Charlie, and they all took a moment for a long embrace. Turns out, that was the perfect way to end the week.
“I told them I tried and I said, 'Hopefully you’re proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did,'” Woods said Sunday after putting the finishing touches on an even-par 71 to end at 5 under for the week.
“It’s pretty emotional because they gave me some pretty significant hugs there and squeezed. I know that they know how much this championship means to me and how much it feels good to be back playing again.”
In 2008, when Woods won his last major, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Sam was a year old and Charlie was not yet born. They don’t know how much their father used to dominate this game, especially majors. The last time Woods won a PGA Tour event was five full years ago. Woods has joked in the past that they only know him as a YouTube sensation.
“So, for them to understand what I was doing early in my career,” he said. “The only thing they’ve seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through. Now they just want to go play soccer with me. Man, it’s just such a great feeling.”