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
The official start of the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club will be welcomed by businesses in Daly City and southwest San Francisco, locations that don’t typically see the tourist activity enjoyed by other parts of the Bay Area. Read More
United States Golf Association Executive Director Mike Davis, the man tasked with the course setup for the U.S. Open, is quite fond of the greens at the Olympic Club. In fact, he thinks they couldn’t be much better.
“In terms of the putting greens, this week what I will say is they’re literally near-perfect,” Davis said in his pretournament news conference Wednesday. 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. 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 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
From the abundance of cypress trees, to the sweeping views of The City in the background, to the fog rolling in off the Pacific, the Olympic Club’s Lake Course is truly a gem. But upon closer investigation, this gem has an unpolished dark side.
The sloping fairways, the tabletop-size greens, the unforgiving rough and overall firmness of the course can wreak havoc on a player’s round. Read More
To the letter writer from San Bruno: The 7 “measly acres” you refer to actually belong to the taxpayers of San Francisco and not to a San Bruno resident (“Small Golden Gate Park patch a big deal for families,” Letters, Wednesday). Read More