FORE! Examiner Weekend Golf Guide – June 14

Tiger Woods will be playing in Pennsylvania for the first time as a professional at the U.S. Open. And he can only hope it goes better than the last time he played in the Keystone State. Woods played the famed Sunnehanna Amateur in 1992 when he was 16, finishing in fifth. “Allen Doyle beat me by about five shots,” Woods said.

GOLF STORYLINES

The U.S. Open is always a challenge for Tiger Woods. Yes, he’s won the event twice, but he’s also won more majors everywhere else — Tiger’s a four-time Masters champion and three-time British Open and PGA Championship winner. Woods missed the cut last year at Winged Foot (though he had a legitimate reason with his father, Earl, dying prior to the tournament). This year, with a baby on the way, Woods appears more focused than ever. He’s spent the entire week making preparations for what should be a challenging course at Oakmont.

Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy spent the past year as an accidental champion after Colin Montgomerie, then Phil Mickelson, coughed up their opportunities, leaving Ogilvy with a 5-over 285 at Winged Foot. At the same time, he has the ability to get the job done when it comes to majors. Though the defending champion is flying under the radar this year, Ogilvy is set out to prove that he’s deservingof being among the elite players.

Speaking of Lefty, there are a couple of issues regarding Phil Mickelson, his injured left wrist and whether he can rebound from a forgettable final round at last year’s Open. Stay tuned.

THIS WEEK’S TEE TIMES

PGA

EVENT: U.S. Open

WHEN: Today-Sunday

WHERE: Oakmont, Pa.

COURSE: Oakmont Country Club, par 70

DEFENDING CHAMP: Geoff Ogilvy

LPGA

EVENT: Wegmans LPGA

WHEN: June 21-24

WHERE: Pittsford, N.Y.

COURSE: Locust Hill Country Club, par 72

DEFENDING CHAMP:</B> Jeong Jang

CHAMPIONS

EVENT: Bank of America Championship

WHEN: June 22-24

WHERE: Concord, Mass.

COURSE: Nashawtuc Country Club, par 72

DEFENDING CHAMP: Mark McNulty

NATIONWIDE

EVENT: Showdown at Somerby

WHEN: Today-Sunday

WHERE: Byron, Minn.

COURSE: Somerby Golf Club, par 72

DEFENDING CHAMP: Brandt Snedeker

EURO PGA

EVENT: Saint-Omer Open

WHEN: Today-Sunday

WHERE: Saint-Omer, France

COURSE: Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club, par 71

DEFENDING CHAMP: Cesar Monasterio

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