Player of the week
Mary Mulcahy. The Scituate High graduate and rising sophomore at the University of Central Florida won the 23d Massachusetts Women’s Open at Mount Pleasant CC, shooting 76-72 to top Laura Johnson (73-76) by one stroke. It’s the first Mass. Women’s Open title for Mulcahy, who has teamed with her father, John, to win the last three Mass. Golf Association Father-Daughter championships.
Anyone glued to the conclusion of the Travelers Championship might have seen and heard Bubba Watson barking at his caddie — TV cameras and microphones clearly picked it up — after dumping his tee shot on the par-3 16th hole into the water, then again after hitting his third shot over the green, all while holding a one-shot lead. Based on reader reaction, Bubba was to blame. Not so, said caddie Ted Scott. “I convinced him to hit the wrong club,” Scott told PGATour.com. “I 100 percent take responsibility for it. It’s totally my fault.” Following the round, Watson wouldn’t completely blame his longtime bagman, repeatedly saying “we” when talking about the triple bogey that cost him the tournament. But the scene didn’t reflect well on Watson, who admittedly has battled anger issues on the course, so much so that Scott once gave him an ultimatum: improve your attitude and behavior or look for a new caddie.
The LPGA isn’t the only tour holding a major championship this week. The Champions Tour will set up in Pittsburgh for the Constellation Senior Players Championship (is it really a major if the name includes a corporate sponsor?), and one attraction will be a World Golf Hall of Fame member making his debut with the over-50 set. Colin Montgomerie turned 50 Sunday, and has made the trip across the pond to see how he’ll stack up against players he spent so many years going up against. His form has been off the past few years, but perhaps the Champions Tour will provide Monty a boost, and he’ll fill in the one omission from his list of accomplishments: a major.
Quote of the week
“I love the game. I love the pressure. I love pushing myself. I love being outside, doing this forever, traveling. It’s a perfect match for myself.”
Michael Whitmer can be reached at email@example.com.