As the calendar turned to June, the U.S. Open was a highly anticipated event. 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.
Davis indicated he expects more putts to drop this year than in the previous four Opens held at the Olympic Club. 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
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
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.
So when the opportunity arose for media members to get a firsthand look at the rugged U.S. Open course, The San Francisco Examiner jumped at the chance. Read More
As it was brought to the forefront in the Kevin Costner movie “Tin Cup,” the U.S. Open is truly an “open” event.
Anyone who has a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 1.4 can try and qualify.
More than 9,000 players began the quest to compete for the national championship, having to survive 18 holes of local qualifying and then 36 holes of sectional qualifying.
There were 109 sites for local qualifying, where just 550 players moved on to one of the 13 sectional qualifying sites. Read More
The nickname says it all: “Graveyard of Champions.”
Historically, when the U.S. Open comes to the Olympic Club, it’s bad news for the legends of the game; all four previous tournaments have seen an unlikely victor emerge and a golf icon fall.
There was the monumental upset by Jack Fleck against Ben Hogan in 1955, Billy Casper’s epic comeback against Arnold Palmer in 1966, Scott Simpson’s late charge in 1987 to best Tom Watson and Lee Janzen’s near-flawless finish to overtake Payne Stewart in 1998. Read More
Bubba Watson. Keegan Bradley. Darren Clarke. Rory McIlroy. Charl Schwartzel. Martin Kaymer. Louis Oosthuizen. Graeme McDowell.
In golf’s past eight major championships, eight first-time major winners have emerged victorious.Take it back a step further and there have been 14 different winners in the past 14 majors. Of that group of 14, only Phil Mickelson, Angel Cabrera and Padraig Harrington have multiple major championships on their résumés. Read More
If there’s going to be a signature hole at the 2012 U.S. Open, it very well could be No. 16.
When played to its full distance, as it’s expected to be at least two of the four days, it will measure a whopping 670 yards. That’ll make it the longest hole in U.S. Open history and remove virtually any chance of players reaching the green in two shots. Read More
The United States Golf Association brands the U.S. Open as “golf’s toughest test,” and more often than not, it proves to be true.
In 2011, however, Rory McIlroy laughed right in the face of that moniker en route to one of the most dominating Open victories in history.
The Northern Irishman obliterated the field by eight shots, setting or tying 12 Open records along the way. But it wasn’t just McIlroy, as 20 players finished under par, the second-most in tournament history. Read More
Tiger Woods is quite familiar with the Olympic Club from his college days at Stanford and having played the 1998 U.S. Open at the venue. But even that prior experience couldn’t prepare him for everything during a practice round at the Lake Course on Tuesday in San Francisco.
“I kinda had forgotten how cold it can get here,” said Woods, noting it was 49 degrees in The City when he teed off, a stark contrast to when he’s practicing in “shorts and shirtless” in his backyard in Florida. Read More
Since the United States Golf Association began its preparation for June’s U.S. Open at the Olympic Club, it has touted the first six holes of the Lake Course as the most difficult in Open history.
On Thursday, NBC golf analyst and winner of the 1973 U.S. Open Johnny Miller took it even a step further.
“With No. 1 being a par 4, it’s probably the hardest opening six holes maybe in the history of major-championship golf with no wind,” Miller said on a conference call. “It’s just that they are brutal holes, they are banked the wrong way.” Read More
Amid all the hype surrounding the Warriors’ announcement of their plan to build a new arena at Piers 30-32 in San Francisco in time for the 2017-18 season, co-owner Joe Lacob was sure to hammer home one point: Victories are still what matters most.
“Winning remains our No. 1 priority,” Lacob said. “And this arena is about winning. Just like the team on the court, it’s about winning for our fans.” Read More