Player of the week
Tara Joy Connelly. Always a presence on the women's amateur scene, Joy Connelly recorded her second victory at the Massachusetts Women's Amateur, beating Mary Mulcahy of Scituate in the final, 4 and 3. The victory at Framingham Country Club came 10 years after the Cohasset resident won her first Massachusetts Women's Amateur title; Joy Connelly also has four runner-up finishes in the tournament.
Oak Hill Country Club, located in Pittsford, N.Y., close to Rochester, has a long and storied history when it comes to hosting championship golf. The club was formed in 1901, but the current East Course opened in 1926, designed by Donald Ross. It holds a unique spot in golf: Oak Hill is the only club that has hosted a US Open, US Amateur, US Senior Open, PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship, and Ryder Cup. The championships held at Oak Hill, site of this week's PGA Championship, with the winner in parentheses:
1941 Times Union Open (Sam Snead)
1942 Times Union Open (Ben Hogan)
1948 US Amateur (Charles Coe)
1956 US Open (Cary Middlecoff)
1968 US Open (Lee Trevino)
1980 PGA Championship (Jack Nicklaus)
1984 US Senior Open (Miller Barber)
1989 US Open (Curtis Strange)
1995 Ryder Cup (Europe)
1998 US Amateur (Hank Kuehne)
2003 PGA Championship (Shaun Micheel)
2008 Senior PGA Championship (Jay Haas)
On the spot
This may not have had any impact on Meg Mallon's decision, but her selection of a struggling Michelle Wie to play for the US squad in the Solheim Cup next week might get more people attending, watching at home, and paying attention to the event. Wie has Solheim Cup experience, going 3-0-1 four years ago. But she has dropped to No. 82 in the world rankings, has six missed cuts, and has no finish better than ninth this year. Mallon had better hope the show of confidence sparks Wie's game, because her play — and the controversial captain's pick — will be under scrutiny. The Solheim Cup starts Aug. 16 at Colorado Golf Club.
Quote of the week
"I think that having Tiger win last week is great, because I can't remember the last time somebody won the week before a major and then went on and won."
— Phil Mickelson, drawing laughs at his pretournament press conference at the PGA Championship. It was Mickelson, after all, who won back-to-back just last month in Scotland: First at the Scottish Open, then the next week at the British Open.