Johnny Miller was back in his city a few days ago, back in San Francisco, where he grew up and learned the type of golf that would carry him to two major championships and a place with NBC as the game’s most candid television commentator. Read More
The list was long. Everyone, even Rafael Nadal himself, tried to explain why he kept leaving the U.S. Open without a trophy, why it was the only Grand Slam tournament he hadn't conquered.
His grinding style exhausts him. The wind plays havoc with his spin-lathered strokes. The courts are too hard and too fast. The balls are too soft. And so on.
Two marvelous, nearly perfect weeks — and one thrilling victory in a tight final — make that all sound rather silly. Read More
So much for Rafa vs. Roger in the U.S. Open final.
Novak Djokovic prevented what would have been the eighth Grand Slam championship match between tennis' top two men — and first such showdown at Flushing Meadows — by saving two match points and coming back to stun Roger Federer 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in Saturday's semifinals.
"One of those matches," Djokovic said, "you'll always remember in your career." Read More
Venus Williams struggled with her serve. She kept tugging at her dress. Just as big a nuisance was her opponent, Shahar Peer.On a day when No. 2 Kim Clijsters cruised to her fourth-round win at the U.S. Open, third-seeded Williams never looked quite comfortable in her 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over 16th-seeded Peer on the second straight windy day in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Read More
Pebble Beach is in the rear view mirror. But we’re not done with the U.S. Open, the tournament that’s a movable feast, shifting from east to west to east, from the bluffs of the Monterey Peninsula to next year the bluffing of the nation’s capital, Congressional Country Club.
The United States Golf Association, which runs the Open, has taken a cue from the travels of Father Serra and the chain of missions he established, moving up the California coast. Read More
It was a long time coming. “East Coast bias?” mused U.S. Golf Association official Mike Davis. But once more it won’t be a long time before the U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach.
It was announced Wednesday, hours before the 2010 Open was to start, that the tournament again will be held at Pebble in 2019. Read More
The tournament was supposed to be the story, the 110th U.S. Open. The tournament, and the course, that great venue stretched upon the bluffs above Carmel Bay.
In golf these days, however, the story inevitably is Tiger Woods.
It was on Sunday. Tim Clark won The Players Championship, the kid’s first victory in 206 PGA Tour events. But he was second banana. Tiger withdrew because of spasms in his neck, and so that’s virtually all we heard about, all we read about. Read More