Tuesday Jun 21, 2022

It's only a matter of time before Rory McIlroy wins his fifth major — and first since 2014 — right? The numbers are certainly trending in that direction. Per Justin Ray and the USGA, McIlroy, 33, shot 69 in Sunday's final round of the U.S. Open, the 15th sub-70 round of his U.S. Open career and it's more than any European player all-time. And his tie for fifth in Brookline, Massachusetts, marked the first time McIlroy has recorded a top-10 finish in each of a season's first three majors.

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> Ping-pong, night putting, and champagne: Behind the scenes of Matt Fitzpatrick’s U.S. Open celebration
[Dan Rapaport | Golf Digest | Read]

> U.S. Open/Father’s Day combo is big business for golf retail
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> What the U.S. Open looked like 3,000 miles away, in St. Andrews, Scotland
[Sean Zak | Golf.com | Read]

Design Notes: Tom Weiskopf set to open Utah’s Black Desert Resort
Tripp Davis continues renovations at historic Thunderbird; John LaFoy aims to enhance Alabama’s Riverchase; Agustin Piza creates restoration plan for Tijuana Country Club
The Southeast region has the highest percentage of private courses of any U.S. region at 38%. The Midwest has the lowest percentage at 24%. The percentage of golf courses in the U.S. that are private is 29.

Source: Longitudes Group
Led by golf glove sales, five of eight equipment categories saw increased sales during May 2022 vs. May 2021
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Debuted: By Titleist, its new TSR drivers and fairway metals at this week's Travelers Championship. This marks the start of what the company calls "the tour seeding and validation process for the upcoming Titleist metalwoods line." Titleist tour representatives will work with players at TPC River Highlands, fitting them into the new TSR models and gathering their performance feedback. 

"I think goals should never be easy. They should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time."
— Michael Phelps

22-23: LPGA Leadership Academy, Saginaw, Mich. | Info

13-14: LPGA Leadership Academy, Liberty Corner, N.J. | Info
19-20: LPGA Leadership Academy, Gainesville, Va. | Info
26-27: Multi-Course and Resort Operators Retreat, Charleston, S.C. | Info

1-2: LPGA Leadership Academy, Newcastle, Wash. | Info

23-25: Golf Business Conference, Orlando, Fla.
24-27: PGA Show, Orlando, Fla. | Info

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