Tiger Woods began Sunday’s final round of the U.S. Open five shots behind the leaders, but he still felt he had a chance to make a run at his fourth Open title.
After playing the first three holes 4-over-par Sunday, any chance of an epic Woods comeback disappeared with the fog rolling in off the Pacific Ocean. Woods played well after his start, finishing the final 12 holes in 3-under, but it was far too little, too late as he turned in a 73 to finish in a tie for 21st place. Read More
Michael Allen may have finished tied for 56th overall at 14-over par on his home course in the U.S. Open, but he led the field in on-course handshakes and fist bumps.
Still an Olympic Club member after joining when he was a teenager, the 53-year-old San Mateo native didn't have the largest galleries of the weekend, but likely had the biggest following that knew him personally. Read More
Webb Simpson was hardly a favorite coming into the U.S. Open. Once he was six shots off the pace after 36 holes, he even became an afterthought.
But when it comes to the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, apparently that’s exactly right where you want to be.
Simpson became the latest underdog story to triumph at the Lake Course, firing a 2-under-par 68 in the final round Sunday to finish with a total of 1-over 281, winning the U.S. Open by a single shot over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson. Read More
Low scoring was again difficult at the U.S. Open on Sunday as the early starters in the final round battled to cope with the tight, slanting fairways, thick rough and slick greens at the Olympic Club.While overnight leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell prepared for a mid-afternoon teeoff, only two players out on the course were under par for the day as fog and light breezes swept across the hilly Lake Course. Read More
In the first four U.S. Opens held at the Olympic Club’s Lake Course, the final rounds were filled with unpredictable and riveting moments.
And if that history, coupled with Saturday’s third round of the fifth Open held in San Francisco, is any indication of what’s to come today, it could be another frantic finish.
As Tiger Woods’ name quickly slipped from the top of the leaderboard, Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk’s steady and solid play pushed the pair into a share of the lead at 1 under par heading into the final day. Read More
Seventeen-year-old Beau Hossler came into the U.S. Open with a goal of finishing as the low amateur.After a round of even-par 70 on Saturday and three days of standing toe-to-toe with the best golfers in the world at the Olympic Club, he has had to reassess that initial plan.
“Absolutely,” Hossler said when asked if he thinks he can win the Open. “There’s not a doubt in my mind. ... I still have the goal to be low amateur, but my goal now is to win the tournament.” Read More
Timing is often pivotal in sport and for David Toms, Ryder Cup incentive provided just the spark he needed to move into contention for this week's U.S. Open.Having missed the cut in his last two PGA Tour starts, Toms was determined to shine while playing with U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III for the first two rounds at the Olympic Club.The 45-year-old certainly succeeded, carding scores of one-under-par 69 and 70 to join fellow Americans Tiger Woods (70) and Jim Furyk (69) in a tie for the lead at the U.S. Open's midway point. Read More
While much was made of the marquee grouping of Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson, only one of the big three delivered: Tiger Woods. The other two fell victim to the dangers that lurk at the Olympic Club’s Lake Course in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.
Watson fired an 8-over-par 78, while Mickelson carded a 76, leaving two of golf’s biggest stars in danger of missing the cut unless things turn around drastically today.
“[The course] is a lot better than I am,” said Watson, who won the Masters in April. “That golf course is too tough for me.” Read More
The guy with him, the Masters champ, the one who shot a — heh, heh — cool 8-over 78, said after getting up close, if not personal, “That was the old Tiger. That was beautiful to watch.”
Still an endorsement from Bubba Watson, while not unappreciated, didn’t have Tiger Woods enthralled.
Woods had one of the few sub-par scores, a 1-under 69, the opening round of the U.S. Open on Thursday at Olympic Club. But as he pointed out a couple days ago, this course and this tournament unite to create one of golf’s most difficult tests. Read More
Michael Thompson is familiar with the Olympic Club having finished runner-up in the U.S. Amateur held on the Lake Course in 2007.
He’s also familiar with San Francisco, staying with a family on Lombard Street both for that event in 2007 and again this week for the U.S. Open.
The one place he’s not so familiar with? The top of the Open leaderboard. Read More