“I’ve known for a while in my own mind that I wanted to defend in Akron [Ohio],” Lowry wrote in the Irish Times. “Any players I’ve spoken to have said I’m right, even though it won’t count on the European Tour this season and doesn’t have any Ryder Cup points.”
DATE: Jun 16 – Jun 19
TOURNAMENT: U.S. Open Golf Live
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA
DEFENDING CHAMP: Jordan Spieth
It’s an even tougher choice for Lowry when you consider he’s currently well outside of qualifying for the European Ryder Cup team, but then he shouldn’t have had to make the choice to begin with.
Shell games. It’s been a tough few months for the energy business and maybe this week’s news that Shell Oil Company, would be dropping its sponsorship of the Tour’s Houston-area stop after next year’s event shouldn’t have been a surprise.
Still, the event has been a staple on the Tour since 1992 – only Honda and AT&T (Pebble Beach) have been title sponsors longer than Shell – and the work that Steve Timms, president and CEO of the Houston Golf Association, has done to improve the event and the field made the news something of a shock.