Monday Links: June 22nd

Welcome to Monday Links, a new weekly roundup of all the news that’s caught our eye lately, as well as stories we’re following for the week ahead:

Spieth’s Slam hopes still alive heading into St. Andrews(golfchannel.com) Obviously, we would be remiss not to start off with the superb performance by Jordan Spieth in winning the US Open at Chambers Bay. The reviews on the course, as well as Fox’s coverage, may have been mixed, but everyone agrees that all eyes will now be on the young Texan when he tees it up in less than a month’st time at the home of golf.

Jordan Spieth holds up the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Sunday, June 21, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Jordan Spieth holds up the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Sunday, June 21, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Is golf exercise? Depends who you ask(npr.org) A recent NPR poll of more than 2,500 adults found that golf was the most-played sport among those surveyed. This article makes the claim, that the World Golf Foundation also stands behind, that even rounds played with a cart can be considered exercise because of the amount of calories burned. Meanwhile, this scientific study by Stanford University ranks a round of golf played while carrying clubs at the same level of physical activity as slower-paced martial arts, while a round played on a cart comes in just above attending a sporting event. Our take is that a cart is a fantastic way to allow older golfers and those who are unable to walk long distances to keep playing the game they love, but if you have the ability to walk a course, take advantage of that while you still can.

Three keys to playing links golf(linksmagazine.com) Finally, for those of you about to head across the pond for your first true links experiences this summer, or anyone who wants go start preparing for next year, a Northern Irishmen gives you three things to focus on to play your best round possible.