Dylan Kruse

Getty Images File PhotoMonster: When the 16th hole is played to its max distance

At 670 yards, the 16th hole could be a memorable one

If there’s going to be a signature hole at the 2012 U.S.…

Getty Images File PhotoMonster: When the 16th hole is played to its max distance
Getty Images File PhotoPadraig Harrington is just one of the few out of 14 different winners who has multiple major championships on his résumé.

Dominant players few and far between

Bubba Watson. Keegan Bradley. Darren Clarke. Rory McIlroy. Charl Schwartzel. Martin Kaymer.…

Getty Images File PhotoPadraig Harrington is just one of the few out of 14 different winners who has multiple major championships on his résumé.

Golf Glory lost and found

The nickname says it all: “Graveyard of Champions.” Historically, when the U.S.…

Golf's best will be put to the test

The United States Golf Association brands the U.S. Open as “golf’s toughest…

Chris Carlson/apTiger Woods opens his 2014 season trying to defend his title at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

Tiger finds Olympic to be ‘heck of a test’

Tiger Woods is quite familiar with the Olympic Club from his college…

Chris Carlson/apTiger Woods opens his 2014 season trying to defend his title at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.
John Mummert/©USGAThe third hole at the Olympic Club will likely play as the hardest par 3 in the U.S. Open.

Analyst Johnny Miller anticipates historically tough start for U.S. Open

Since the United States Golf Association began its preparation for June’s U.S.…

John Mummert/©USGAThe third hole at the Olympic Club will likely play as the hardest par 3 in the U.S. Open.
Getty Images File PhotoCain Velasquez

Velasquez begins climb back up heavyweight heap

In the world of mixed-martial arts, a single punch can change a…

Getty Images File PhotoCain Velasquez
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerFocused: Coach Mark Jackson was clear Tuesday that the Warriors’ goal is to build a team winning now.

Warriors don’t plan to wait on move to be winners

Amid all the hype surrounding the Warriors’ announcement of their plan to…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerFocused: Coach Mark Jackson was clear Tuesday that the Warriors’ goal is to build a team winning now.
Getty Images File PhotoRory McIlroy

Irishman McIlroy intends to defend U.S. Open title, hasn’t yet played at Olympic

Life has certainly changed in the past 12 months for Rory McIlroy.…

Getty Images File PhotoRory McIlroy
Getty Images file photoAlex Smith and Eli Manning were chosen No. 1 overall in consecutive drafts. They'll be facing off against each other today.

Pair of No. 1 picks take center stage in NFC Championship

One seemed destined to be a star from birth, blessed with the…

Getty Images file photoAlex Smith and Eli Manning were chosen No. 1 overall in consecutive drafts. They'll be facing off against each other today.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/APSan Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) celebrates at Candlestick Park on Saturday. The NFC championship game will be held Jan. 22 at the 'Stick against the New York Giants.

NFC championship coming back to the ‘Stick

For the first time since January of 1998, the NFC championship game…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/APSan Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) celebrates at Candlestick Park on Saturday. The NFC championship game will be held Jan. 22 at the 'Stick against the New York Giants.
Getty Images file photoStanford and Cal’s annual football showdown will be moved to much earlier in the season in 2012

Big Game set for big move in 2012

One of college football’s longest-running rivalries is in for a big change…

Getty Images file photoStanford and Cal’s annual football showdown will be moved to much earlier in the season in 2012
Getty Images file photoStephen Curry and the Warriors have a lot of work to do before a grinding 66-game season begins.

Golden State Warriors play host early in condensed season

While the Warriors already knew they’d open their season Christmas night, they…

Getty Images file photoStephen Curry and the Warriors have a lot of work to do before a grinding 66-game season begins.

UCLA, Illinois set to meet in Kraft Bowl at AT&T Park

Two schools without permanent head coaches will look to build momentum for…

Two Golden State Warriors preseason games vs. Sacramento Kings will have to do

With the NBA regular season scheduled to kick off Christmas Day, the…

The Olympic Club provided great drama and a natural theater in 1998

Stage already being set for US Open at San Francisco's Olympic Club

As the calendar creeps closer to 2012, the prep work for June’s…

The Olympic Club provided great drama and a natural theater in 1998

Training camp preview: Raiders ready for fresh start

After the offseason began with false rumors of Tom Cable’s imminent firing…

U.S. water polo team invades Bay Area

The world champion U.S. women’s water polo team, which features five former…

Aragon High SS drafted in third round; trio of USF stars taken

A host of players from area colleges were drafted on the second…