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"Golf is a complicated game…but [Rory] McIlroy made it look simple," Charlotte Observer columnist Scott Fowler writes. "Hit a 350-yard drive, pitch onto the green and make a bunch of putts. How easy is that?…McIlroy played the course like no one ever has. It was a remarkable exhibition of an athlete at his best. Yes, McIlroy called it boring' on Sunday. I would use another word: spectacular."
European Captain Carin Koch is looking for more than a victory in the Solheim Cup, Ewan Murray of the Guardian writes. She is advocating a game more welcoming to women in general: "I was a bit shocked when I learned of all the rules that still exist in the UK; how many clothing and time restrictions on women when they can play for example," Koch says. "I think it needs to change a bit to make it more accessible and more fun."
John Huggan of the Scotsman writes in defense of the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship that will be played this week. "Now, the PGA is the biggest event on the world's second-biggest tour," he writes. "OK, so Wentworth's re-vamped West Course isn't anyone's favourite, but the combination of a top-class field, a big purse and a venue that is iconic if not loved is potent indeed."
"The Warriors saved their season in many separate ways last week, in many separate places, and the Mirimichi Golf Course outside Memphis was most definitely one of them," San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami writes. "That's where Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala headed for 18 holes on the day after their staggering Game 3 loss and before their Game 4 revival… Yeah, it's therapeutic for sure,' Curry said Sunday of the mid-series golf excursion. Standing over a golf ball, you're not thinking about the shots you missed or the defensive errors you made, turnovers, all that kind of stuff.'"
It promises to be an interesting U.S. Open played on a course with which few are familiar, Scott Hanson of the Seattle Times writes. "When the world gets its first view of Chambers Bay golf course during U.S. Open week, it also will be new to the vast majority of the players they will be watching. About half of the field won't even know they are playing in the event until a week before. And of the players who can count on being in the field, most of them decided not to get an early peek at the course before coming to the event."