Week in Review
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Americans ceding their dominance to international players doesn't fit this definition of a tragedy.
The story by Hank Gola was a comprehensive analysis of why the American game has faltered. It deserved better than the headline.
He isn't Tiger Woods. He plays fast. What else is there to like? How about this, what he took from his pre-U.S. Open trip to Haiti on behalf of UNICEF:
"I think it had a huge perspective on how I handled myself throughout the tournament last week because it gave me a huge dose of perspective on everything, not just golf but life in general," McIlroy told European media.
"There was a nine-hole golf course in Port Au Prince and there were 50,000 people living on that course. Fifty-thousand people. The night we stayed in Haiti there was a tropical depression and 25 people were killed in the floods.
"The conditions people are living in there are terrible. If I can go and see that, then it is good for me and it is also good to raise awareness for what is going on out there."
Memo to the New York Daily News: There's the definition of a tragedy.
RORY, THE CELEBRITY
McIlroy's celebrity in the wake of his U.S. Open victory has expanded exponentially:
-- McIlroy on Twitter: "Just got a shout out from @jlsofficial at their concert.... Pretty cool!"
Note: JLS (Jack the Lad Swing) is a popular British boy band.
-- He will attend Wimbledon today: "I've been invited to Wimbledon on the second Monday and shall be in the Royal Box -- you can be certain that I'm seriously looking forward to that as I love my tennis," he wrote on his website.
Will it go to his head? Not likely. One of the better stories post-Open was his ride to Logan Airport in Boston following a charity outing on Monday, as reported by Brian McGrory in the Boston Globe. A canine officer, Barney Murphy, offered McIlroy a police escort to the airport. McIlroy, eschewing the limo, asked whether he could ride in the police car. The Irish-born policeman agreed, then pulled out an iPad, opened his Skype account and contacted his sister, Joan Dodd, in Dublin.
"You'll never guess who I have with me," Murphy said to her. He then turned the iPad's camera on McIlroy, who waved at her. McIlroy ended up speaking to her and her young son, Sean, who said he'd watched the entire Open telecast.
Garcia's quest to win for the first time since the Players Championship in 2009 was undone by his lingering nemesis, the short putt. Garcia missed a four-footer for birdie on the fifth playoff hole and lost to Spanish compatriot Pablo Larrazabal.
Garcia had played a six-hole stretch (six through 11) in seven-under par to open a two-stroke lead with seven to play, but bogeyed four of them to wind up in a playoff.
If he ever solves the putting riddle, he'll be a force again.
Holly Sweeney, McIlroy's longtime girlfriend: "I'm banking up the sleep til the curly one returns -- then it's carnage!"
Peter Uihlein won the prestigious Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club in East Providence, R.I., a week after missing the cut at the U.S. Open. Among past champions: Ben Crenshaw, John Cook, David Duval and Luke Donald&Dustin Johnson tied for 18th in the BMW International Open&Hale Irwin's T-10 give him his fifth top 10s on the Champions Tour, nearly double the three he had in the three previous years combined. Irwin is 66&Paula Creamer made 18 pars in the third round of the LPGA Championship, ordinarily not a bad thing in a major championship. Nick Faldo won the British Open in 1987 with 18 pars in the final round. But Creamer was down three to Tseng starting the third round and wound up down eight.
PGA Tour: AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Penn. Defending champion Justin Rose. European Tour: French Open at Le Golf National, Paris, France. Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez.
• Tiger Woods announced that his injuries will prevent him from playing in the AT&T National, a tournament of which he is the host. He will be in attendance, however.
• Cantlay, in the absence of Woods, might rate as the headliner in the AT&T National. He's certainly gotten more headlines in recent weeks than other AT&T entrants Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler (excluding the publicity Fowler received for the "Golf Boys" video). Cantlay was low amateur in the U.S. Open (T-21) and his 60 in the second round of the Travelers Championship thrust him into the lead.
The LPGA generally has been a hard sell, but it does benefit from a dominant player, who at least brings more attention to it.
The tour now has its successor to the Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam eras. Tseng, 22, potentially is better than either. And at the U.S. Women's Open in two weeks, she'll have an opportunity to complete the career grand slam.
The PGA Tour event that week will be the John Deere Classic. The women, then, ought to have center stage all to their own. Of course, they thought they had it all to their own last week. As the LPGA's Paige Mackenzie noted on Twitter: "[We're] playing a major this week and LPGA gets upstaged by amateur Cantlay leading PGA Tour."