Latest Golf News (Week 4 June 2018)

Latest News on Golf

Peter Thompson passes away at 88

After battling with Parkinson’s disease for four years, Australian golfer Peter Thompson dies at the age of 88 on Wednesday. As per reports by Associated Press, he passed away in his home at Melbourne, surrounded by family and close friends. Having won the British Open title five times in his career, most of which was in tie with Tom Watson, Thompson established himself as a legend in Australian golf. In fact, Peter is the only player in this century to have won the British Open thrice in a row, from 1954 to 1956. Despite having this whopping number of British Open titles to his credit, the Hall of Fame golfer is often considered one of the most underrated multiple major winners. This was especially so because all but one of his British Open wins occurred before television made the household names of Nicklaus and Palmer. Only his last win of the British open title was broadcast in America.

Brad Faxon on his recent adventures

Eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, Brad Faxon has been having an eventful time at the round playing arranged by the member’s tees at the Trump National. Talking about his foursome with Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods and Donald Trump, he said that he was very happy and relieved after having birdied on the first hole while none of the three could do so, describing it as “getting the monkey off my back right away”. He also mentioned that following the above event, he received more notoriety than he did in a long time during his golf career. Though the 56-year old’s best days as a golf player are behind him, he is hitting his stride pretty well as a golf analyst for Fox. As per reports, he is going to play a major role in Fox’s fourth broadcast of the U.S. Open since having acquired television rights from the United Stated Golf Association.

Phil Mickelson apologises for hitting moving ball

American golfer Phil Mickelson apologised for intentionally hitting a moving ball at the U.S. Open. His apology came in a statement released by his representatives on Wednesday, four days after the incident. He owned up to having intentionally violated golf rules and said that his frustration got the best of him. He also mentioned in the statement that he should not have delayed the apology till the fourth day and that he has taken these few days to calm down and be prepared to face the consequences of what he had done. During the game, his bogey had putt above the hole and was headed down the slope when he hit it back towards the hole while the ball was still in motion. He suffered a two-stroke penalty and ended up shooting 81 on his round.