PGA Professional Bob Ford earned the USGA’s Bob Jones award and was named honorary starter for as long as he likes

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — It was a big deal for Bob Ford to get the Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor. It got even better when he was asked to be the honorary starter at the U.S. Open for as long as he wants the job.

Ford retired last year as the head professional at Oakmont, which has hosted the U.S. Open a record nine times. He still works the winter months as the head pro at Seminole in south Florida.

“Very cool,” Ford said Wednesday. “It’s an incredible privilege and honor that I’ve been asked to do that. And as President (Diana) Murphy said last night, I can do it as long as I want to, and that’s very cool. It will bring a little stability and continuity to the position.”

Ford said he went through his own version of a practice round, especially making sure he pronounces the names correctly. The first player to tee off on No. 1 Thursday is Jordan Niebrugge (KNEE-brew-ghee).

But at home?

Paulina Gretzky calls the shots, especially when it comes to naming their children.

Johnson revealed Monday that their second child, another boy, was named River Jones Johnson. Asked where the name River came from, he said, “Mama.”

The middle name was easy to explain. Jones is the maiden name of Gretzky’s mother (Janet Jones), and the last

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