Two professional majors — the LPGA’s and the USGA’s — go head-to-head this weekend, which guarantees neither tournament will get the attention both deserve.
At the end of the day, the Golf Channel won’t be leading with either of them. The PGA Tour has a lightweight field at a non-major stop in a nondescript week on the calendar — but by god Tiger’s playing, which means Chamblee and Duval won’t be shutting up about anything, as usual, but they sure won’t be talking about the KPMG Women’s PGA in Illinois and the U.S. Senior Open in Colorado.
What they really should be talking up is none of the above and bigger than all three. The Special Olympics USA Games, the American major for Special Olympics athletes, is in the Seattle region of Grey Goatee Nation July 1-6. More than 4,000 athletes and coaches from every state and the District of Columbia will compete in 14 sports, from powerlifting to paddleball, from bocce to bowling to soccer to volleyball.
And golf. There will be golf. I’ll be there, as a volunteer ball spotter on July 3, the second of three days of competition at Willows Run Golf Club in Redmond, Wash. Those other majors? Warm-up acts.
This week in golf and sport
Special Olympics USA Games
July 1-6, Seattle, Wash.
Opening Ceremonies July 1, 12:30 p.m., Husky Stadium
Golf: July 2-4, Willows Run Golf Club, Redmond, Wash.
The Royal and Ancient: The Open Championship
July 19-22, Carnoustie Golf Club, Angus, Scotland
Grey Goatee Golf Association (3GA) Tour
July 14: The Howl at the Canal, Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club, Union, Wash.