Beyond Golf — 21 July 2014 by Bob Sherwin
Foursome Forecast: Yet another major

One: For the third week in a row, we have a major championship on our hands, beginning Thursday. And once again, Great Britain is the focus. Two weeks after the Women’s British Open – and the U.S. Senior Open – and a week after the 143rd Open Championship – won by Rory McIIroy Sunday  – the Senior Open Championship will be held at Royal Porthcawl in Wales. Bernhard Langer is always a good bet. The PGA Tour resumes Thursday near Montreal for the RBC Canadian Open. The women have a unique tournament, the biennial International Crown in which golfers from eight countries compete. It will be in Owings Mills, Md.

Two: It all begins again this week. America’s obsession with the NFL. The long NFL season starts with the opening of training camps each day of the week. Rookies have been in camp this week already while the veterans show up Monday (Buffalo, New England and New Orleans already have the vets in camp). The Giants begin Monday then the rest follow all week all across the country.

Three: Two weeks of the Tour de France has been completed – and most of the mountain stages – and things have changed considerably. France’s Tony Gallopin wore the yellow jersey a week ago but now he’s nowhere to be found. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, his country’s best climber, has a 2:23 lead over Australia’s Richie Porte. The top American is in sixth place, Tejay Van Garderen, nearly four minutes behind. Monday is a rest day but the Tour is still in the mountains. The next two stages will be grinding climbs so it’s not over. The Tour ends Sunday in Paris.

Four: Two major trades in two different sports likely will come to fruition this week – or not. Minnesota’s Kevin Love is being dangled and the Cleveland Cavaliers are after him – as are the Golden State Warriors. The Timberwolves seem to be working one team against the other to drive a better bargain. Andrew Wiggins, the Cavs’ No. 1 draft choice, is reportedly included in a trade package. No bites yet. In baseball, Tampa Bay is putting pitcher David Price on the market. One of the most interested teams is Seattle, which is offering, among others, its top prospect, pitcher Taijuan Walker. The non-waiver trading deadline is July 31.

 

 

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Bob Sherwin

Bob grew up in Cleveland, an underdog city with perennial underdog teams, and that gave him an appreciation and an affinity for the grinders in golf, guys such as Rocco Mediate, Jhonattan Vegas and star-crossed John Daly. This is the 41st year for Bob as a sportswriter, the first 34 working for newspapers throughout the west, Tucson (Daily Star), San Francisco (Examiner) and Seattle (Times), and the past seven years as a freelancer. He has covered just about every sport, including golf tournaments, Tucson Open, Bing Crosby/AT&T Pro-Am, the 1998 PGA Championship, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the annual Champions Tour Boeing Classic. He also writes articles for golf magazines. For most of his 20 years at the Seattle Times his primary beat was the Mariners. He then picked up Washington men's basketball in the winter. He also was the beat writer for the Sonics, including 1996 when they played the Bulls for the NBA title. After a lifetime hacking on public courses, he finally gave in and joined a country club in 2011, the Members Club of Aldarra near Seattle. He won't win the club championship any time soon with his 15 handicap and default-swing slice but he does have a pair of aces – 37 years apart – and in 2009 came agonizingly close to his ultimate golf goal of scoring in the 70s when he finished with an even 80. He lives in Seattle, and spends part of his winters in Marco Island, Fla.

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