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Golf Magazine June 2021

Golf Magazine is the number one source for golf instruction, equipment and travel, including: exclusive instruction from our Top 100 Teachers in America, introspective interviews with the game’s rising stars and old masters, and short-game tips from guru David Pelz. Plus, you’ll get the latest in gear, including ClubTest equipment reviews, and private lessons, tips personalized for your game.

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8 Issues

in this issue

2 min
torrey! torrey! torrey!

THE U.S. OPEN IS RETURNING TO TORREY PINES after 13 years. I’m psyched about that. In this fan’s opinion, it was the last Open to deliver the thrills and chills you’d expect from our national championship. Don’t get me wrong—there’ve been some great Opens since Tiger out-willed Rocco Mediate on the cliffs above the Pacific, just north of La Jolla. But none have matched the theatrics and heroics of those five mid-June days in 2008 (p. 84). I can still feel the roars, and I wasn’t even there. I was there in 1986. That year, the captain of my high school golf team (of which I didn’t make the cut) qualified for the Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open at Torrey. Instantly, it became a must-attend event for me and a…

3 min

Paging Dr. Phil… The story “View from the Top” (April) was incredibly enjoyable and revealing, with perspectives from 18 different past Masters champions on what to expect from each hole at Augusta National. There was a gaping hole in its scope, however: Where was Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters winner and easily one of the most popular golfers in Masters history? The omission of Lefty from this story, which was not even explained by an editor’s note (which, with the circumstances, would have been demanded, given the impact Mickelson had on the 21st-century history of the Masters), effectively had me yearning for more. —Kurt Nielsen, Closter, N.J. Kurt—We tried.…—Ed. I Like Mike I read the interview with actor Michael Douglas in the May issue (Last Off). Loved it. I’ve caddied at the Northern Trust at…

1 min
spotlight subpar gear

Your favorite golf podcast now has merchandise! GOLF’s “Subpar” has launched a brand-new line of T-shirts, hoodies, hats and visors for its loyal listeners to wear proudly. Hosts Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz have captivated audiences with their freewheeling conversations and must-listen interviews with golf’s biggest names, including Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and more. Their reach goes beyond the golf world with celebs like Charles Barkley and Tony Romo stopping by the studio for candid banter you won’t find anywhere else. Pour out some birdie juice and get amongst it with the boys in your one-of-a-kind “Subpar” swag. ($30 to $50) Take a photo of this code to shop all of the new “Subpar” merch in the Golf.com Pro Shop Jeffrey Westbrook; Styling: Julie Flynn for Halley Resources…

1 min
single digits

Lonely Star State Only three Texas courses have hosted a men’s U.S. Open, all one-and-out: Fort Worth’s Colonial (1941), Dallas’ Northwood Club (1952) and Houston’s Champions GC (1969). Illinoised The Prairie State has the distinction of a record five one-time-only hosts: Glen View Club (1904), Onwentsia (1906), Minikahda (1916), Skokie (1922) and North Shore (1933). California Schemin’ Los Angeles CC has gotten the nod (its first) for the U.S. Open, in 2023, but don’t bemoan nearby rival and one-and-doner Riviera CC (1948)—it will host golf for the 2028 Olympic Games.…

4 min
this golfing life

Friends of the Game THIS IS GONNA BE GOOD: a U.S. Open on a public course, on the Pacific, in California. Prime-time golf for millions of us, straight outta Torrey. Check out this Sunday. Morning brunch with the fam. Afternoon golf with your regulars. Pizza for supper. Afterward: Find the clicker and settle in for showtime. Your HD TV, our national championship. DJ driving on the cliffside 4th. JT putting on the windswept 11th. Jay at large, taking the whole thing in. No, you don’t know Jay. (Unless you do.) Jay Rains, San Diego lawyer. The man who had the idea, 20 or so years ago, that Torrey Pines South could be a U.S. Open course in the first place. No Jay Rains, no Tiger–Rocco playoff in 2008. No Bryson on the…

1 min
on the number u.s. open edition

+7 Tiger Woods’ cumulative opening hole score in the ’08 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, including bogey on the par-4 10th and three doubles on the par-4 1st. –1 The cumulative 72-hole score for both Woods and Rocco Mediate, who became the first players to finish a U.S. Open under par in three years 12 The approximate distance in feet of Woods’ playoff-forcing birdie on the 72nd hole at Torrey Pines. Rocco did not expect anything different. (See pg. 84) 7.9 Bryson DeChambeau’s strokes-better-than-the-field average in the final round at the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. It’s the best performance relative to field average since Johnny Miller’s 63 at Oakmont in 1973. 1,595 Hopeful qualifiers for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open at The Olympic Club, the largest field since 2017. SOURCE: USGA 156 Number of players who will eventually tee…