Articles by Joel Beall

British Open 2024: Why the Open hasn’t returned to Muirfield (yet)

TROON, Scotland — Unlike its American major brethren, which have announced their future venues a quarter of a century down the line, the British Open has only its next two years formally booked: Royal Portrush (2025) and Royal Birkdale (2026). Despite the Open rota being (mostly) set in stone, there are a number of questions Read more…

This rare golf penalty just happened for the second time in a week

It’s supposed to be one of the rarer penalties in golf. Given it’s happened twice in the past week, perhaps it’s not that rare anymore. Mackenzie Hughes entered the Saturday of the Genesis Scottish Open in contention thanks to consecutive 66s to start the event. Unfortunately for the Canadian, a self-inflicted wound put his championship Read more…

Tommy Fleetwood’s caddie returns after open-heart surgery

Tommy Fleetwood was among the wave of players to go low Thursday morning at the Renaissance Club, turning in a five-under 65 during the first round of the Genesis Scottish Open. But the news was not that Fleetwood went low, but with who. Fleetwood’s longtime caddie Ian Finnis returned inside the ropes for the first Read more…

Rory McIlroy calls out Hank Haney, critics for bashing caddie Harry Diamond

Rory McIlroy has heard the criticism directed at his caddie and friend, Harry Diamond. And McIlroy isn’t having it. Diamond has been looping professionally for McIlroy since 2017, although the relationship between the two goes back to childhood, and Diamond served as best man at McIlroy’s wedding in 2018. The duo has enjoyed success in Read more…

Don’t expect to see Tiger Woods as the next Ryder Cup captain

The PGA of America will announce the captain of the next U.S. Ryder Cup team competing in September 2025 at Bethpage Black during a 12 noon press conference Tuesday at the NASDAQ building in New York. However, Tiger Woods—who had been the speculative favorite to helm the red, white and blue—will not be the name Read more…

Seth Waugh to step down as CEO of PGA of America

Waugh, a former chief executive of Deutsche Bank Americas, joined the PGA of America as chief executive officer in September 2018. His reign at the governing body coincided with an eventful and tumultuous time in the sport and in the USA.