Alan Bastable is a senior associate editor in charge of features at GOLF Magazine. His recent interview subjects include Geoff Ogilvy, Gary McCord and Camilo Villegas, and he has appeared as a guest commentator on dozens of sports-talk radio shows. Before joining the magazine's edit team, he was an associate editor in its special publications division, and, before that, the communications manager of the Metropolitan Golf Association. He is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism and the University of Richmond.
Kevin Kisner still holds the halftime lead but he has some company atop the ’board in the form of Matsuyama, who proved once again Friday that when he gets rolling there is, at this moment, no more explosive player in golf.
I am writing in regard to the vacancy on Mr. McIlroy’s bag. He revealed he has been “inundated” with applicants, which is no surprise given that Mr. McIlroy seems like a really down-to-earth guy who makes a s---load of money. Who wouldn’t want to carry Mr. McIlroy’s clubs?
It would be an overstatement to say that President Donald J. Trump’s appearance during the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open hijacked the championship, as some feared it might. But his impending arrival did, on what was otherwise a dreary, sleepy afternoon at his glitzy club on a bucolic swath of horse country, create a palpable sense of suspense.
Soft greens, wide fairways, gettable pins, a pleasant but not particularly meddlesome breeze: It all added up to a decidedly un-U.S. Open-like setup Thursday that had the scoreboards bleeding Badger red and Rickie Fowler carving up Erin Hills like a side of grass-fed Wisconsin beef.