Legends to design US Open track, LPGA star turns caddie

Nicklaus, Palmer, Player and Trevino to work on US Open venue, Gustafson switches from player to caddie, R&A snipe at Lineker

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015
Legends to design US Open track, LPGA star turns caddie

Golf legends to design US Open course

Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino are set to design a course together at the Greenbrier Resort that will one day be fit to host a US Open.

The legendary foursome will craft their layout on Oakhurst Mountain in West Virginia, according to The Charleston Gazette.

Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice said the project will break ground in the next 30 days and he hopes to have the course open in the fall of 2016.

The Greenbrier Resort has five courses, most notably the Old White TPC that plays host to the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic next week.

Gustafson transfers from player for caddie

Sophie Gustafson, a five-time LPGA champion and eight-time European Solheim Cup player, has decided to walk away from competitive golf to caddie for one of her peers. 

The 41-year-old Swede will now caddie for American Beth Allen on the Ladies European Tour, a circuit she knows well having won the Order of Merit on four occasions. 

Gustafson left the LPGA to play the LET full-time last season but struggled to find any form, falling to a current 88th in the money list. Allen, however, is ranked 10th.

"I wanted you to know I’m going to caddie the next four weeks on the LET for Beth Allen," Gustafson told Golf Digest. 

"Don’t know what’s coming after that. Just know I want to break the pattern and see what gives."

Giant sinkhole appears on Kansas course

A giant sinkhole unexpectedly appeared in the 13th fairway at Canyon Farms Golf Club in Kansas. 

The gaping hole in the ground is thought to have been caused by heavy rains and the area has been fenced off for safety reasons until repairs can be carried out.

Doug North, a member of the club, told local Kansas station KCTV5 the hole might prove something of an asset rather than a hindrance for some golfers.

"Well, I think we finally found a hole big enough where I can finally make a putt maybe."

The R&A 'were resistant' to appointing Lineker

The BBC's former head of sport Roger Mosey has revealed how Gary Lineker's background as a footballer sparked "sniping" from the Royal & Ancient Golf Club when the BBC elected him as their lead golf presenter. 

"The R&A didn't seem to like footballers much, and were resistant to the idea of Gary Lineker, a golf fanatic, being our main presenter for the sport," Mosey writes in his new book, Getting Out Alive.

"A dinner with the R&A never passed without sniping at Gary."

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