Tiger Woods is not surprised he can return to the top of the world rankings by winning the British Open and is not feeling impatient because he has not won a major for four years, he said on Tuesday.
The 14-time major champion, who has not won one of the big four tournaments since the 2008 U.S. Open, has battled his way back to form in recent months following personal problems and injuries. Read More
The thick fog that had blanketed the final round of the U.S. Open in San Francisco lifted on Monday, giving way to brilliant blue skies and dazzling sunshine.
Only golf’s increasingly unpredictable pecking order remained cloudy, no clearer to being unravelled after Webb Simpson had won the championship by a single stroke.
The 26-year-old American is one of the rising stars on the PGA Tour, finishing second on last season’s money list, but he was still a surprise champion. Read More
Tiger Woods didn’t have a chance. Either did Jim Furyk or Graeme McDowell. Or Ernie Els. Not at Olympic Club.
Not on the Lake Course. Not in a U.S. Open.
You think a place nicknamed the Graveyard of Legends is going to give us a champion everyone expects and everyone knows?
You think the sun is going to shine in June on the Northern California coast?
You think Tim Lincecum is going to win a game?
Stop thinking. Read More
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
Christina Tanunliong and her husband, Marc, had traveled from Las Vegas to San Francisco to see their very first U.S. Open tournament in person. And the couple managed to see some of their favorites — Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods — during the past four days, even staking out seats at the 18th green in hopes of spying some dramatic moments. 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. 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
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
What some have called the toughest starting stretch of holes in US Open history played a huge part in both of the top local qualifiers' opening rounds – one survived and the other was eaten up.
Michael Allen, an Olympic Club member, San Mateo native and also the oldest player in The Open at 53, buoyed a 1-over round of 71 by parring the first five holes, before bogeying the sixth, which played as the third-toughest hole in the first round. Read More