The U.S. Open places a premium on emotion and psychology. “A lot of players,” said four-time Open champion Jack Nicklaus, “are eliminated the moment the tournament starts.” Nicklaus, certainly, wasn’t in that category. Neither were Lee Janzen or the late Payne Stewart. Read More
Six weeks now. Six weeks until America’s golfing championship returns to that place known as the Graveyard of Legends, San Francisco’s Olympic Club, where the chill settles, the fog swirls and expectations end up buried like a ball in the thick rough.
Olympic, alongside the Great Highway, a couple hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean, where the first hole runs atop the San Andreas fault and the last hole has a green fronted by bunkers that look very much like the letters I-O-U. Read More
And now we wait and hope, hope the next major golf championship of 2012, the U.S. Open at San Francisco’s Olympic Club in June, can be as full of tension and greatness — and, of course, drama — as the Masters.What an ending Sunday, in the shadows after the setting sun dipped below the Georgia pines, a day of history, only the fourth double-eagle in 77 Masters and, because the winner couldn’t be determined until a sudden-death playoff, mystery. Read More
This is the way you conquer Pebble Beach: You go out in the final round on the opening holes, the ones historically the easiest, and make birdies and maybe an eagle. Which is exactly what Phil Mickelson did Sunday.Phil the Mick, Lefty, the guy who a few months from his 42nd birthday seemed on the downside of his career, overtook Pebble, playing partner Tiger Woods, Charlie Wi and everything and everyone else. It was a bravura performance. It was a championship performance. Read More
Robert Rock held his nerve Sunday to beat U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship for the biggest win of the Englishman's career.
The 117th-ranked Rock shot a 2-under 70 for an overall 13-under 275 to beat the 22-year Northern Irishman by a shot and the 14-major winner by two. Woods finished in a tie for third with Thomas Bjorn (68) and Graeme McDowell (68). Read More
Tiger Woods shot a 6-under 66 Saturday for a share of the lead after the third round at the Abu Dhabi Championship.
The 14-time major winner played a consistent round to move to 11 under for the tournament. Read More
Tiger Woods weathered putting woes to open his 2012 season with a 2-under 70 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Thursday, three shots behind clubhouse leaders Rory McIlroy and Robert Karlsson.
Woods played bogey-free golf that produced few momentous shots and two birdies. He missed several birdie chances, including a 6-footer on his ninth, the 18th hole. Read More
The Humana Challenge suspended play midway through the third round Saturday after high winds caused damage on all three courses, toppling trees, blowing balls off the greens and knocking a scoreboard into a lake.
The tournament will resume third-round play Sunday morning with Mark Wilson holding a three-stroke lead over Ben Crane. Read More
Two years after his personal life and golf career came crashing down, Tiger Woods is a winner again.
One shot behind with two holes to play, Woods closed with clutch birdie putts Sunday to win the Chevron World Challenge by one shot over former Masters champion Zach Johnson.
Woods holed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 3-under 69, sweeping his arm and slamming down his fist in a celebration that was a long time coming. Read More
San Francisco will host the U.S. Open golf championship in June, but the economic impact of the event may slice south toward San Mateo County.
Peninsula leaders are cheering the United States Golf Association’s decision to house nearly half its staff in Burlingame during the event, allowing San Mateo County cities to bag coveted tourism dollars. Read More