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by Mike Cullity

The eyes of the golf world will be on America’s cheese capital this week as the US Open is contested in the state of Wisconsin for the first time. Although host site Erin Hills isn’t exactly an untested championship venue – the USGA staged the US Amateur there in 2011 – it’s a little-known quantity among the world’s best players.

A rolling, windswept layout with some generous landing areas and swaths of deep fescue, Erin Hills more closely resembles a links course than a traditional US Open layout. The USGA should be lauded for taking the national championship outside the box, but as its Chambers Bay experiment in 2015 proved, unconventional thinking comes with risks.

After Chambers Bay and last year’s Dustin Johnson rules fiasco, the blue blazers no doubt are hoping for a championship that’s as palatable as fine cheddar – and not a Limburger stinker.

In Austria, South African Dylan Frittelli – who as a collegian in America made the NCAA Championship-winning putt for a 2012 University of Texas squad that included Jordan Spieth – won his first European Tour title, the Lyoness Open. Frittelli broke through after two playoff losses on the circuit, one of them earlier this year in China, and at 27 he appears primed for ascent.

In Memphis, fortysomething major champions Phil Mickelson and Stewart Cink were in the hunt but young lion Daniel Berger successfully defended his FedEx St. Jude Classic title. And with a birdie on the first playoff hole in Canada, Ariya Jutanugarn won the Manulife LPGA Classic after third-round leader Lexi Thompson limped home. The victory was projected to move Jutanugarn past Lydia Ko to No. 1 in the world.

 

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