MESS IN THE MAKING
Lost in the opening round of the British Open
was an announcement from the All England
Club that will make it even more difficult for golf
to devise a busy summer schedule in an Olympic
year. Wimbledon will move back one week starting in 2015 to allow a three-week break after the
French Open. The British Open had considered
moving up one week in 2016 in a summer that
will be filled with two major championships,
the Ryder Cup and golf’s return to the Olympics
in Rio de Janeiro. To do that now would mean
the Open would clash with Wimbledon, which
wouldn’t go over well in Britain.
as she rolls in a birdie putt, or distress as she
strokes an approach shot into a greenside bunker.
REPLAY: JULI SIMPSON INKSTER
When Michael Phelps gets ready to race, he
walks to the block, takes off his headphones,
swings his arms three times, steps onto the
block and he is off. His routine never changes.
Serena Williams, five-times Wimbledon champion, always takes her shower sandals to the
court, ties her shoelaces in a specific way and
bounces the ball five times. Tiger Woods wears
a red shirt in the final round because his mother
told him red was his power color. Despite all the
science and massive budgets involved in sport,
many swear by superstitions or elaborate event
rituals to enhance their game.
SPIETH’S ROAD AHEAD
Jordan Spieth, 19 last week, already owns a
well-developed sense of golf history. When he
walked through the Hall of Champions at Cherry
Hills Country Club, which will host the 112th
U.S. Amateur Championship from Aug. 13-19, he
couldn’t help but be immersed in the history that
the trophies, photos and memorabilia represent.
His appreciation of the displays that delineated
the nine previous USGA championships at the
90-year-old club was shaped by the winners,
which include Arnold Palmer at the 1960 U.S.
Open, Phil Mickelson at the 1990 U.S. Amateur
and Jack Nicklaus at the 1993 U.S. Senior Open.
“It’s remarkable that a golf course can hold that
many national championships,” said Spieth, of
Dallas, a University of Texas sophomore who was
attending Media Day for the U.S. Amateur. l
A Solheim Cup birdie sent
Juli Inkster yelping with joy.