NHL referee Rank ditches ice skates for U.S. Open debut

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (Reuters) – Canadian Garrett Rank is swapping his ice hockey skates for a set of golf clubs this week at Shinnecock Hills where the National Hockey League referee will make his U.S. Open debut.

Rank, who recently completed his second full season as an NHL referee, posted successive rounds of 71 at a sectional qualifier in Georgia last week to secure a spot in the year’s second major — and has become the envy of his hockey peers.

“The reaction from the hockey community has been huge,” Rank told a news conference at Shinnecock Hills this week. “I think every…

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