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Flashing Red Lights

by Mike Purkey

A state of emergency exists when immediate action is called for and the news of the week begs for triage.

A minority of wrongheaded members at Muirfield prevented the vote from reaching the two-thirds needed to change the membership policy so that the club would allow women members. Swiftly and certainly, the R&A announced that the Open Championship will not return to Muirfield until the members decide to do the right thing.

Struck with a sense of urgency, the club’s captain called for an “emergency summit,” which could happen by the end of the month, to see if they can’t get the 14 extra votes needed to turn things around.

Phil Mickelson could be summoned to an emergency summit with PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, not about his borderline-legal stock trade, but about his relationship with Las Vegas sports bettor Billy Walters. The Feds say Mickelson owed Walters money, which led to the alleged insider stock tip that has Walters in serious legal jeopardy.

Jordan Spieth and his camp might not be in full panic but Spieth’s game needs a trip to the emergency room after his performance Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson. The U.S. Open is coming quickly on the horizon.

Those who thought Rory McIlroy was in emergency mode have turned off the flashing red lights after the Northern Irishman won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the first time.

Brooks Koepka might have needed to be carted off in an ambulance after crashing and burning in the playoff against Sergio García, who won the Byron Nelson. He couldn’t stop the bleeding with a tourniquet and we all know the feeling.

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