Was it the greatest Sunday in the history of women’s golf? It has to be right up there.
From the east coast of Ireland and the Curtis Cup to the west coast of America and the LPGA Championship, time zones were passed and oceans crossed as 2 events including tales of breathtaking Endeavour reached their thrilling denouement.
Men-only golf clubs? Goodness, as if we required anything else to underline how absolutely ludicrous they sound in this day and age, it was witnessed on this blessed Sabbath.
On this side of the Atlantic at Dun Laoghaire we had a special triumph for Britain and Ireland’s women versus the American leviathan, as they held off a brave fightback by the visitors on the final day.
That trophy has actually now been added to the Walker Cup declared by GB&I’s leading male beginners at Lytham last year to finish an unusual double.
Blazing a trail was 21-year-old Englishwoman Bronte Law, who emerged from this nerve-racking contest with 5 points out of five. Law, in her final year at UCLA, one of America’s most prestigious universities, has currently been named US collegiate golf player of the year.
Only one other player has actually won five points at a Curtis Cup since it ended up being a three-day contest in 2008 and that certain Miss Perfect, Stacy Lewis, went on to become world No 1.
While you dislike piling pressure on her fair shoulders it will be interesting to see if this certain Bronte can also scale the sports Wuthering heights.
Lewis, mind, has been rather left these days by the teen revolution at the top of the pro video game. In April we had 20-year-old Charley Hull just falling short against the then 18-year-old Lydia Ko in the season s initially major.
On Sunday in Seattle at the 2nd we had KO, now 19, handling 18-year-old Canadian Brooke Henderson.
With 9 holes to play KO was three strokes ahead. How could Henderson possibly stop the sensational Kiwi from winning her third succeeding significant?
A 90 ft eagle putt at the 11th certainly helped, as did a more birdie to require a play-off. KO was 20 ft away in two on the first sudden-death hole when her brave opponent took dead aim.
To the delight of the legion of Canadians who made the brief jump throughout the border, her 7 iron finished tap-in distance away for a stirring triumph.
Why are all these girls all of a sudden lighting up the game? Quite merely, a lot more of the best young female professional athletes are now using up golf, where when they would have been lost to tennis.
The game has a cool vibe today in America and how good is it going to look at the Olympics in August?
Who d have believed golf, of all sports, would be presenting the freshest face of all in Rio?
Only the most difficult will make it through Oakmont
All the early words and images coming out of Oakmont, scene of the United States Open this week, definitely measure up to the club s well-known dictum that it is no location for the awkward, the spineless, and the alibi makers.
On social media American Justin Thomas dropped a ball from waist height into the rough by the 17th green, from where it disappeared from view. Yeah, I’d state Oakmont prepares, he commented.
American golf writer Doug Ferguson, who plays off five, attempted to play a chip from simply such a lie and moved the ball six inches, much to the amusement of Graeme McDowell and his caddie Ken Comboy.
I believe we’re done here, stated Ferguson, the alibi maker.
Naturally, you wouldn’t want to enjoy this type of golf weekly the pros would all be basket cases, for a start. But it’s going to be grimly engaging, and discussing it like sending postcards from the edge.
Quote of the week.
It nearly feels like the United States Open came a week early to finish up with another 2nd place.
Phil Mickelson, joint runner-up behind fellow American Daniel Berger in the PGA Tour occasion in Memphis on Sunday, was in drily humorous mood as he looks forward to another stab this week at declaring the only major he hasn’t won. He has finished second on no less than six celebrations.