he U.S. Open is a movable feast, shifting from the old golf world to the new and then back again. It is a carnival of emotion and tradition that is both a national championship and regional reflection.
The Super Bowl and World Series are big-city spectaculars. The Masters never wanders from the red-clay country of southeast Georgia. Read More
In the build-up for the U.S. Open, much as been made of the brutal opening stretch of holes which are expected to grind up players one by one and spit them out.
But while the start will be rugged, the closing two holes provide scoring chances that could bring the championship down to the wire.
"Generally, we’re just trying to hang on coming and make a bunch of pars," Tiger Woods said this week. Read More
As the calendar turned to June, the U.S. Open was a highly anticipated event. Read More
After demolishing the field at the U.S. Open last year, Rory McIlroy admits he’s raised the expectations he has for himself on a weekly basis. Just finishing toward the top of the leaderboard simply isn’t good enough anymore. As for his expectations for throwing out the first pitch at Tuesday night’s Giants-Houston Astros game, he brought them down just a bit.
“I definitely would rather get booed at a baseball game than on a golf course,” McIlroy told media at the Olympic Club prior to his trip over to AT&T Park. Read More
While all the big names in golf are gathered in San Francisco for the U.S. Open, it was a 14-year-old amateur who had the Olympic Club buzzing on Tuesday.
Andy Zhang, an amateur from Florida who was born in China, was added to the field late Monday when Paul Casey had to withdraw because of a shoulder injury. And there he was Tuesday morning, taking in a practice round with Masters champ Bubba Watson.
He’ll be the youngest player ever to play in the U.S. Open. Read More
The last time Phil Mickelson was grouped with Tiger Woods, it was in the final round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. It was clearly a day that left an impression on one of the two combatants.
“I don’t know the feeling that I had when I left, but I certainly had a nice crystal trophy,” Mickelson said Tuesday in a session with the media. Read More
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Tiger Woods should be familiar with the Olympic Club because he played it many times when he was going to Stanford and also competed in the 1998 U.S. Open there. Still, he told the media in a group interview Tuesday, he doesn’t know it at all because there are so many changes.
Such as? “They’ve changed all the greens, so none of my charts work. I’ll have to have a whole new book. We had balls that were landing on the green on 13 that were going in the hazard. There have been a couple of bunkers moved. And you never know where the pins will be.” Read More
Tiger Woods has not won a major title in four long years but the former world number one oozed a steely confidence at the Olympic Club on Tuesday while preparing for this week’s U.S. Open.
Boosted by his 73rd PGA Tour victory at the Memorial tournament two weeks ago in Dublin, Ohio, Woods is happy with his game and returns to a course he knows very well from his student days at Stanford University. Read More
Casey Martin hasn’t competed in a professional event since 2006. He doesn’t even play full rounds regularly anymore. And he’s still battling a circulatory disorder that makes walking painful.
Hardly the ideal résumé for a golfer preparing for the U.S. Open, arguably the most challenging event of the year. Read More