As an example of how much Phil Mickelson has come to embrace links golf, he is looking forward to windy, rainy conditions when he begins play Thursday morning at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
A day after the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews announced it would vote later this year to admit its first women members, another prominent club in Scotland where the Open Championship was played last year said it would also study the matter.
The R&A for the first time will consider taking the Open Championship to Wales when it visits Royal Porthcawl next month in an effort to see if the venue is capable of staging golf's oldest championship.
When Tiger Woods and his former caddie, Steve Williams, shook hands after the conclusion of the Open Championship on Sunday at Muirfield, their brief discussion was longer than usual, with a heartfelt tone and a slap on the back from Williams.
The closing charge he has so desperately needed in final rounds of majors over the past several years went missing again Sunday as Tiger Woods shot a 74 at Muirfield to finish in a tie for sixth at the Open Championship.