At Cal, the picture is going to shrink. At Stanford, the bar is going to be kept in place. And at San Jose State, well, when the new coach’s first game is at Alabama, what can anyone do other than muddle through?
College football 2010 stuck a very tentative toe in the water Monday, with the three Bay Area schools offering up coaches and a few players at San Francisco’s Hotel Nikko to a media gathering asking most of the usual questions and receiving many of the usual answers. Read More
We’re already down to a first-name only basis: “Buster.” That’s enough. For the Giants, for their fans, that’s plenty.
They’ve been waiting for this, waiting for a player like Buster Posey, a player who’s their own, a player who evokes memories even as he presents possibilities. Read More
Coming from the entertainment industry, where he was the poobah of National General, the late Gene Klein was used to having things his own way, which is what happens when you are successful in business. In fact, that is what makes you successful in business.
Klein, as many of the rich and famous have, decided in 1966 to purchase his own toy, the San Diego Chargers. To his dismay, he learned what every fan already knew. In sports, money often doesn’t buy happiness or championships. Read More
He went to Stanford, didn’t he? The Brits should have figured out by now what that means. That even in his most difficult of times, Tiger Woods still is going to battle them, word for word, phrase for phrase, thought for thought.
That whatever they, and we, think of his character, his moral standards, there’s no doubting his intellect, or his grasp of the benefits of preparation. Read More
‘I want winners.” That was the plaintive cry on billboards a year ago by Niners coach Mike Singletary. We all want winners. We all want champions. Losing, wrote John Tunis, is the great American sin.
Losing is everyone’s sin. They’re still apoplectic in England because the national team was bounced unceremoniously from the World Cup. Back home, what a stretch for the Giants. A June swoon of inordinate proportions. And July is no better.
All of this makes the championships of Serena Williams only that much more outstanding. Read More
He’s here, watching Roger Federer succeed and thinking about the Raiders’ inability to succeed.
He’s here, raving about Serena Williams picking up her game and moaning about the Warriors picking up Ekpe Udoh in the NBA draft.
Opinions. Brad Gilbert will offer them. He’ll offer them for pay on ESPN, where at this Wimbledon and other tennis events, he serves as an analyst. 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.
In 2008 the Open was in San Diego, in 2010 near Carmel and in 2012 it lands in San Francisco. Read More
The winner, of course, was the course, Pebble Beach. Graeme McDowell was the champion, the guy who finished first, but it was Pebble — tough, mystical Pebble — that proved the winner.
McDowell, from Northern Ireland, is the first European to take the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin did it 40 years ago in 1970. But McDowell’s final score was even-par 284, and Sunday his final round was a 2-over 74.
A onetime student at University of Alabama-Birmingham, McDowell sighed, “I can’t believe how hard this golf course was.” Read More
They’ll look at what happened to star-crossed Dustin Johnson, how he fell apart the first few holes, mentally as much as physically, and tossed the U.S. Open over the cliff into Carmel Bay with a final-round 82.And certainly that was true.
But Johnson, whom one TV type referred to as “Dustin Hoffman,” is young — 26 today — and was inexperienced in the grinding pressure of major championship golf, even if this Open of 2010 was at Pebble Beach, where he had won the last two AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am events. Read More
Surely today will be the last dance for Tom Watson, his final round in a U.S. Open, the tournament that to him is the most important of any, this time being played on the course that to him is the most important of them all.
“If this is my last U.S. Open,” said Watson, “it couldn’t have happened at a better place, Pebble Beach. I’m somewhat sentimental about this place. There’s a lot to this place for me. It means a great deal to play the U.S. Open, but especially at Pebble Beach.” Read More
PEBBLE BEACH – We should have known it would be like this. Should have foreseen another U.S. Open at Pebble Beach would produce everything from eagles to quadruple-bogeys, would give us a leader board of the famous and the anxious, would be, well, very Open.
Halfway through this 110th Open, this fifth at Pebble, Graeme McDowell is leading, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson are lurking, and 60-year-old Tom Watson is playing. You can’t ask for much more. Read More
The past leaped into the present on Thursday. Three men who won majors and became subjects of a book moved onto the leaderboard the first day of the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
It was 2003, seven years, ago, when Mike Weir won the Masters, Jim Furyk the U.S. Open, Ben Curtis the British Open and Shaun Micheel the PGA. Author John Feinstein details their triumphs in “Moment of Glory,” and how each is searching for a second big win.
Maybe it happens this week. Read More
Sorry about that, Phil. But that’s often what happens when you reach 40. Your putting falls apart.
Ben Hogan was a basket case on the greens when he crossed the magic number. Sam Snead even tried hitting a ball like he was playing croquet, not golf.
Phil Mickelson turned 40 on Wednesday, and then Thursday he played the first round of the 2010 U.S. Open. There weren’t many happy returns. There were, however, a great number of missed putts. 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.
That would be a sixth time for the famed Monterey Peninsula course over a stretch of 47 years. But it wasn’t until 1972, or the 72nd Open, when Pebble was first used. Read More
It’s a place of myth, magic and great champions. It’s a name, Pebble Beach, that evokes other names, those such as Nicklaus, Watson, Kite and Woods.
A golf course can be equated to a battlefield. It’s what happened there that makes it unforgettable. Through the years at Pebble Beach, what’s happened is four times the U.S. Open was played and four times top players won.
No flukes here. No lesser knowns. No unexpecteds. No Orville Moodys or Lou Grahams, not that they couldn’t play. Read More