Storms were expected Wednesday evening into Thursday at Erin Hills and rain could be anywhere between half an inch and two inches, according to USGA executive director Mike Davis, who was expecting more on Thursday night into Friday and again on the weekend, which is why they mowed down the fescue in spots. Davis also adds golf course drainage should have no problem dealing with all that water. “We’re going to see it – we’ve seen it already, and we’re going to continue to see it this week – is that it’s a wonderfully draining piece of property. We had a couple of inches of rain Monday night into Tuesday Morning and by Tuesday afternoon, it’s not as if it was firm, but it drained beautifully and given the somewhat ominous forecast we’ve got for the next few days, that is really important. It’s something that we factor into where we choose,” said Davis … My question to Kevin Na about his suggestion that past U.S. Open champions be given input into golf course set-up every year is would they commit the time required to visit the course, especially a new venue such as Erin Hills? … With all the pre-U.S. Open talk about the thickness of the rough at Erin Hills, this is my favourite, a fun Instagram from Lee Westwood, who appears to lose his caddie Billy Foster in the cabbage
… With the U.S. Open getting underway at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, the Shaw Charity Classic has announced that three former U.S. Open winners will be in its field later this year in Calgary, where the PGA Tour Champions event will take place. Lee Janzen won the U.S. Open in 1993 and 1998, Corey Pavin took it in 1995 and Scott Simpson in 1987 … U.S. Open tee times, by the way, are here … Maddie Szeryk, a dual citizen and member of Canada’s national team who plays out of London, Ont., and Selena Costabile of Thornhill, Ont., each earned alternate status at their respective qualifiers for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, July 13-16 in Bedminster, N.J. … The GolfBC Championship, this week’s Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada stop at Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna, B.C., will donate a portion of the proceeds from the tournament to the Red Cross Kelowna flood relief after heavy rains fell in the Okanagan Valley leading up to the event, which affected golf operations in the area. Last year, the event raised $150,000 and will continue to raise money for the B.C. Cancer Foundation … … This week’s GNN Poll asks if the overall Canadian economy is heading towards boom, bust or stagnation. As of this writing, 66 per cent said the economy will stagnate, 17 per cent said it will go bust, with 17 per cent expecting a boom. If you haven’t done so already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.