Greg Cote: ‘Black cloud’ over U.S. Open is golf’s civil war in a time of revolution for sports overall

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Miami Herald

Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick, who is 27 but would still get carded in a pub, hit the shot of his life from the 18th fairway Sunday and minutes later was hugging his mum and dad — the U.S. Open victory his in Brookline, Massachusetts. His first major win was also his first professional win on American soil. Sweet story. For a minute, golf almost seemed normal again. Golf is anything but. Brooks Koepka, one of the PGA Tour loyalists (at least for now), said a “black cloud” hovered over this U.S. Open, the first battlefield, really, in the sport’s sudden civil war. The cloud is there because Saudi…

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