Planet Golf — 18 June 2012 by Bob Sherwin
Foursome Forecast: Golf back in full

The Foursome Forecast, four things to look for this week:

One: It’s going to be a letdown, coming off a thrilling U.S. Open Championship, but golf returns in full force this week – just not quite on the main stage. The PGA Tour moves to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. Open champion Webb Simpson has entered the tournament but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he withdraws. After all, he just won $1.44 million. The next best headliner might be Bill McGirt. The Champions Tour swings into Montreal while the LPGA is not far away, also in Canada, at the Manulife Financial in Waterloo, Ontario.

Two: The NBA Championship likely will be decided this week – at it’s about time – just before the NBA camps open. Miami took a 2-1 lead Sunday with a 91-85 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder may not return to their home court. The Heat plays the next two games at home in the best-of-seven series, Game Four will be Tuesday and Game Five – the possible finale – will be Thursday in Miami.

Three: Eight teams started the College World Series in Omaha but one has been eliminated, Stony Brook. More will follow each day as the tournament works its way to the weekend. Eventually, the top two teams face off beginning Sunday in a best-of-three series. The nation’s No. 1 team, Florida, lost its opener and must come through the loser’s bracket in the double-elimination format. The Gators play Kent State Monday with the loser out.

Four: The EURO 2012 Cup is just about out of Group play. The futbol tournament is gearing up for the quarterfinals and Germany (3-0), the only remaining unbeaten team, is the team to watch. The Germans play again Friday against Greece (1-1-1).

 

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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 46th 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 10 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 the 2015 U.S. Open 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. Despite (or perhaps because) of his 14 handicap, he won the ‘Super Senior” (65 and older) championship in 2017. He has 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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